Defence tries to prove Qadri acted on ‘sudden provocation’

Qadri said to Taseer that it did not behove him to criticise the blasphemy laws.


Express July 24, 2011

RAWALPINDI:


The head of the Punjab Elite Force, Inspector Muhammad Aamir, who was responsible for providing security to former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, told the anti-terrorism court that he was unsure whether the governor had an altercation on the blasphemy laws with his self-confessed murderer before Mumtaz Qadri shot him on January 4.


Defence lawyers maintained that as the former governor came out of a restaurant in Kohsar Market, Islamabad, Qadri said to Taseer that it did not behove him to criticise the blasphemy laws. Taseer again criticised the laws which provoked Qadri to kill him.

The defence is trying to establish that sudden provocation by the former governor led Qadri to open fire at him to avoid the possibility of capital punishment.

Aamir said it was impossible to believe that Qadri had managed to depute himself as one of the elite guards for Taseer’s escort since members of the force are selected after intense scrutiny.

The inspector was the twelfth prosecution witness produced before Special Judge Pervaiz Ali Shah. The prosecution informed the trial court that they would only produce two more witnesses whereas they had earlier cited 42.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2011.

COMMENTS (23)

Ovais | 10 years ago | Reply

I am not commenting on that issue because i havent heard Salman taseer disrespect Prophet in front of me. So i cant comment. as for Qadri he heard something provocating and he reacted creating an example. Give him a death sentence of life imprisonment and we can move on to pressing concerns. As for Asia BB its the courts job to convict her and they convicted her in light of the constitution of Pakistan. When 1000 women are tortured every day she is also one of them for many of you . I have nothing against taseer , I believe there are bigger issues and we can just give qadri a sentence and move on

Zach Khan | 10 years ago | Reply

Lets get this out of the way. You keep commenting about how we should "ignore" Salman Taseer related stories because they are not important. In reality your are trying to defend the actions of Qadri because you think like him. Here is what I think:

Its your kind of mentality because of which there are so many terrorist attacks all over Pakistan. People like you want to cut each other's throat because you disagree with someone's point of view. You stand here defending a murderer, a man who took the law into his hands and became the police, the prosecutor and the judiciary himself. This kind of justice will only create chaos in society. As far as the label of Shaheed goes, I didn't call him shaheed, but a martyr - there is a difference and you can look it up if you don't know. No matter what you say - people outside of deluded Pakistan and Arab countries will always consider him a martyr. I guess I should call you an idiot now. On the other hand, Qadri is no hero. He shot an unarmed men with a gun, 27 bullets, a man he was suppose to protect, a man he was paid to protect. And now he is hiding behind bars and the bigoted molvies and lawyers are providing all the support they can. He is the epitome of cowardice and hypocrisy. Those who support Qadri have no regard for human life, they do not have any sense of empathy or morality, they are as sentient as a rock. People who are supporting this unethical, immoral, archaic law are not helping improve the image of Islam as the "religion of Peace". This whole story is plagued with examples bigotry and intolerance, A Christian women offers water to some one, who refuses to take it because she is "not clean like the Muslims". She allegedly says something disrespectful towards the Prophet and is jailed for that. She is given the a death sentence simply for uttering words that others didn't like (the words were not even repeated at her trial because "they were too offensive"). When a Governor appeals to pardon her and bring amendments to this menacing law, he is shot dead by his own body guard because he used some words to describe the law, which again, some people didn't like. Later, the murderer is considered a hero, given the treatment of a soldier returning home from war, offered legal representation by hundreds of lawyers free of charge, and the victim is given the label of a blasphemer. His family cannot find a single person to lead the Janazah prayers, the person who lead the Janazah prayer is threatened and forced to flee the country. Victim's "western" lifestyle and his wealth is used as an excuse to justify his murder. Afterwards, its even harder to find prosecutors and judges to prosecute the murderer, because everyone is scared for their lives from religious fanatics. His son, who is a witness in the trial is humiliated by the defense attorneys who probe into his fathers personal life and character which has nothing to do with the blasphemy law, and the murder. Later, the son is kidnapped. Its not like Salman Taseer even disrespected the Prophet - he only argued to change the law. This will make a great movie.

Just read this whole story from a neutral point of view. Forget for a second that you are a Muslim or a Pakistani, but remember to be a human being. What happened above, was that fair to the victim? Is that the image of Islam you want to present to non-Muslims? Read the example of the character of the Prophet - he was not so quick to resort to violence. He forgave his enemies, and Islam gives people a chance a repent if they had committed blasphemy unintentionally. Look, you live in a world which is mostly non-Muslims. You have to learn to be tolerant and give people right to speak - if you kill anyone who argues with you everybody will single you out as a backward person. Nobody likes Pakistanis because of the horror stories like this.

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