Punjab governor’s murder: Trial court records Taseer’s son’s statement

Published: July 3, 2011
Ten other witnesses for the prosecution also submitted statements. PHOTO: FILE

Ten other witnesses for the prosecution also submitted statements. PHOTO: FILE


An anti-terrorism court hearing the assassination case of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in Adial jail in Rawalpindi on Saturday recorded the statement of Shehryar Taseer, the son of the deceased governor.

Shehryar Taseer, who is also the complainant in the case, informed Special Judge ATC-II Zaffar Ali Shah that he had come to know about his father’s killing via the media.

He said he had not written the complaint but only signed it before it was filed at the Kohsar Police against Malik Mumtaz Qadri, who later confessed to have killed Taseer for criticising the blasphemy laws.

Also on Saturday, the lawyer representing the accused tried to raise questions about the character of the deceased while cross-examining Shehryar Taseer, an official close to the proceedings revealed.

The trial court also recorded statements of 10 prosecution witnesses.

During the previous hearing, a large number of Sunni Tehrik (ST) activists gathered outside the trial venue, shouted full-throated slogans in favour of the accused and displayed huge posters of the murderer, forcing the trial to be adjourned till July 2.

The influential 66-year-old former governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer, died after being shot by one of his Elite Force  bodyguards at Kohsar Market in Islamabad.

He was repeatedly shot at close range with a sub-machine gun.

The killer, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, later surrendered before his colleagues, pleading them not to fire at him and later confessed he had killed Salman Taseer for ‘blasphemy’.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the assassination of Taseer, saying she “admired his work to promote tolerance and the education of Pakistan’s future generations” and that his death “is a great loss”.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Tariq
    Jul 3, 2011 - 9:47AM

    What a country, people supporting a murderer. Pakistan Derserves what it gets, either get rid of these terrorists or join them choice is yoursRecommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jul 3, 2011 - 10:09AM

    That there was a large throng of people from religious parties chanting slogans in favour of the murderer whilst his son was testifying inside the court and against the innocent murdered victim is the biggest testament to the state that we have become.

    That the character of such religious parties that supports murderers and thugs whilst chanting “Islam is a religion of peace” is for the world to see but somehow goes un-noticed and unpunished in this land of pure.

    That the establishment still cultivates and protects such parties so it stays relevant to the regional power game and consolidate its power base is utterly mindless.

    We are exactly what the entire world thinks of us – A global migraine of a nation inhabited by hypocrites and blood thirsty, slogan chanting, dodgy lot of hundreds of millions.

    That we are in the state that we find ourselves in is effectively and exactly what we deserve !

    Haris ChaudhryRecommend

  • Jul 3, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Why on earth this case is lingering on since ages ?Isnt it as crystal clear as anything in this world ? Btw some one needs to tell me if in Sarfaraz Shah case Court has put all Rangers who were present at this time on Trial … then why this has not happened in the case of Shaheed Salman Taseer ?
    For Heaven sake , show that their is some rule of law in this country and that too when you have self confessed cases.
    No lawyer has a right to go beyond dignity while cross examining and I condemn the act committed for no good .Recommend

  • blah
    Jul 3, 2011 - 12:25PM

    Even the so called chief justice of Pakistan cannot hang the murderer. A failed & hopeless state we are.Recommend

  • Effendi
    Jul 3, 2011 - 1:05PM

    Shame on CJP for delaying proceedings of court till now. Its been 6 months and the murderer is still alive chanting naats in police stations. As a nation, we have fallen down from grace.

    If this murderer had been brought to justice by being hanged till death, maybe Shabaz Bhatti could have breathed, and many other petty criminals who use Islam to cover their crimes.

    Please bring him to justice. OR if the court is incapable, leave him at the mercy of MODERATES.

    Justice will be served.

    under the banner of Islam,Recommend

  • aamir
    Jul 3, 2011 - 1:14PM

    Its a murder in broad day light. The killer should be hanged. What’s the point for a court case even? Shame on you PakistanRecommend

  • Aamir
    Jul 3, 2011 - 1:33PM

    It was a day light cold blooded murder!! The killer himself confessed his crime. The proceedings should take place on daily basis. And the monster be hanged right at Kohisar market where he committed this heinous crime.Recommend

  • Chacha
    Jul 3, 2011 - 2:04PM

    blasphemy is punishable by death, murder is not.Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Jul 3, 2011 - 3:45PM

    Qadri should be releasedRecommend

  • AAC
    Jul 3, 2011 - 4:01PM

    Is it illegal to recite naat in the jail?Recommend

  • Scoobydoo
    Jul 3, 2011 - 4:09PM

    If Sunni Tehrik supports the action of Ghazi Hazrat Mumtaz Qadri RA then it should let him go to Jannah for which he has done this act. Why to force him live this life.Recommend

  • sohail osman ali
    Jul 3, 2011 - 5:51PM

    the murderer confessed freely that he murdered the Governor in cold blood. Then why has the justice system taken 6 months just to get to the point of recording witnesses statements? Recommend

  • B
    Jul 3, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Chacha you obviously have never read the Quran to be making such a lie up. Blasphemy is NOT punishable by death in Islam. But murder IS punishable by death. Shame on you for making things up about Islam, such an act as you commit is blasphemy. You need to apologise. Same goes for u Roflcopter, you have committed blasphemy by demanding the release of a murderer and sinning in the name of Islam.Recommend

  • Effendi
    Jul 3, 2011 - 8:50PM

    Not at all my friend. It was an expression I used to show the murderers laid back attitude. If you have seen the footage, most of the constables are swaying on his melodious tunes or smiling and appreciating him. Unlike other criminals Mr. MMQ is sitting comfortably enjoying the moment and the attention.
    Reality really bites at times. Recommend

  • Shehrbano Taseer
    Jul 5, 2011 - 8:19PM

    These mad men harassing my brother shows how insecure they are
    Their ideology is self-destructing, it’s showing how barbarian they all areRecommend

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