Taseer murder case: Formal charges against Qadri on Feb 14

Published: February 5, 2011
Police submit statements of six Elite Force men to anti-terrorism court.

Police submit statements of six Elite Force men to anti-terrorism court.

RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) is likely to formally charge sheet Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, on February 14.

During the hearing on Friday at Adiala Jail, the station house officer (SHO) Kohsar police station submitted the copies of statements of six Elite Force men who were on duty with Qadri on January 4.

Judge ATC-II Raja Ikhlaq Ahmed put this matter off till February 14, when Qadri will be formally charge sheeted. On February 1, the court had deferred the indictment of Qadri because the SHO did not submit copies of six police officials’ statements to the court.

Earlier, police submitted interim challan in the court, since the two clerics suspected of provoking Qadri, wanted by the police under Sec-109, were granted bail by the ATC. However on February 1, the court acquitted Mufti Qari Hanif and Syed Imtiaz Kazmi because police failed to come up with any evidence of their involvement in Taseer’s murder.

Earlier police had booked Mufti Qari Hanif and Imtiaz Kazmi under section 109 “for provoking Qadri to kill Salmaan Taseer”. However after their acquittal by the court the Section 109 will be dropped and the challan will be rendered complete.

Police said they have to submit a comprehensive inquiry report to the court before next date of hearing, and hoped that the suspect will be formally charge sheeted on the next date of hearing.

Qadri, in his confessional statement, had said that he decided to kill the governor for criticising the blasphemy laws after hearing speeches of the two prayer leaders in a mosque in Rawalpindi’s Muslim Town on December 31 last year.

Salmaan Taseer was assassinated on January 4.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • King
    Feb 5, 2011 - 1:37PM

    Mumtaz Qadri must be releasedRecommend

  • Queen
    Feb 5, 2011 - 2:40PM

    But why??? He is a confessed murderer, is he not???Recommend

  • Shireen Khan
    Feb 5, 2011 - 2:52PM

    Where in the Quran is it stated that murderers must be let off scot free, people demanding Mumtaz Qadri’s release must be kaffirs as they go against the teachings of Islam. The killer should pay for his crime. Recommend

  • Malik Hamza
    Feb 5, 2011 - 11:18PM

    No matter what Salman did,Killing some one is not the solution !
    His killer must be Punished so his supporters understand that he was wrong.
    This shows how radical and Aggresive Pakistani are becoming.
    We must be be a modern state.Recommend

  • Zahra
    Feb 6, 2011 - 4:49AM

    @king.. you should be summoned for saying that too! Recommend

  • Basharit
    Feb 6, 2011 - 5:02AM

    Free mumtaz qadri he should be freed, before you start calling others kafir look at your self and thnik why did qadri do what he did? who are you defending? what do you know about islam?Recommend

  • Feb 6, 2011 - 10:18PM


    Oh sorry, I must have missed the part of Islam that said free killers and celebrate murderers. If Pakistan wants to become a secular and tolerant democracy, it needs to begin with a rigorous investigation into Salmaan Taseer’s murder with the appropriate justice dispensed. Nothing short of that will do. Recommend

  • shabana
    Feb 7, 2011 - 6:20AM

    @Shireen Khan:
    Everyone is a takfiri. Put a sock in it and recite your shahada again, ignorant women.

    He should not have killed him. Now he will have to pay his due.Recommend

  • talat
    Feb 8, 2011 - 6:18AM

    Qadri, in the first place, committed a very heinous crime by murdering treacherously a Halfy-Muslim whom it was his duty to protect.

    As regards his intention for the murder, he did this avowedly for a statement made by Salman Taseer calling blasphemy law a ‘black law’. In the first place only God knows about one’s real intention, but as the wise say “Way to hell is paved with good intentions”. What do you think about a suicide bomber who blows him up in a mosque amidst namazies killing dozens of them with the good intention, for which he is sacrificing his life, of killing muslims whom he considers to be ‘mushrikeen’ or ‘munaafikeen’, and therefore ‘waajibul-qatl’.

    As for the BL, (a man-made law) many muslims hold it as a black law because it tarnishes the image of the Prophet who was sent by God as a ‘Mercy for all the worlds’ and savior of humanity and not as an exterminator of it. So, what if one holds all those who kill in the name of the prophet, defying, of course, the BL blatantly, or support one doing so, as blasphemers and wajibul-qatl and starts murdering such people to create ‘fassaad-fil-arz’?

    How prophetically Allama Iqbal had expressed this state of affairs in a couplet of his:

    “کسے خبر تھی کہ لے کر چراغے مصطفوی
    جہاں میں آگ لگاتی پھرے گی بولہبی”Recommend

  • Basharit
    Feb 9, 2011 - 2:30AM

    @talat: ?Recommend

  • Basharit
    Feb 9, 2011 - 6:41PM

    My imaan tells me salman tasser became a non muslim but that in itself does not mean he should be killed. (during the khilafat non Muslims lived in peace and harmony). The statement tasser made was totally unacceptable!
    Nothing wrong with the law whatsoever. We can of course discuss the implementation of the law but surely out of the millions of cases in Pakistan under numerous laws is this the only one we should discuss!
    This is no ordinary law, it was passed in parliament and also passed in the shariah court. Before the law came to parliament all the awliah ikram were consulted and they made their judgements on the Quran and Sunnah it was on their recommendations that parliament latter passed the law.
    With regards to suicide bombings in a mosque, church or any other place they are haram! (this is a debate in itself).
    What alarms and surprises me the most is if a criminal act is committed against us we want the full force of the law to be applied. But when someone attacks our deen our response is leave it to Allah.
    Finally you mention Alama Iqbal,. Please research the case of Ghazi Ilm a deen Shaheed who qauid e azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah represented in court and ilmuddin’s father requested Allama Muhammad Iqbal to lead the funeral prayer and this shivered Dr. Allama Iqbal who replied that I am a sinful person not competent to do this job to lead the funeral of such a great warrior.Recommend

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