Nationwide protests for Qadri’s release

Religious groups show no let-up in defence of Taseer’s murderer.

Express October 07, 2011

LAHORE: Hundreds of people protested across the country on Friday against the death sentence handed out to Mumtaz Qadri. The rallies were organised by several groups, including Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat and Jamiat-i-Ahle Hadith.

Those present demanded the immediate release of Qadri, who murdered Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in January. Protestors also pleaded with Presidant Asif Zardari to pardon Qadri, who they said was not an assassin but a “soldier of Islam … defending the ideology of Pakistan.”

In Lahore, on the call of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), a partial strike was observed in the city. Shops on Ferozepur Road, Queens Road, The Mall  and Hall Roads were closed. More than 2,000 protesters chanted slogans in favour of Qadri and against the Punjab government and the judge who sentenced him.

(Read: Qadri supporters stage Mall sit-in)

SIC chairman Haji Fazal Kareem, addressing the protesters, said that they would continue protesting until the release of Qadri. He also urged the participants not to be afraid of any government action in this “noble cause”, before asking the crowd to promise to make Pakistan a pure Islamic state.

Bahawalpur also saw different religious organisations and political parties, including Sunni Tehrik and Jamat-e-Islami, protest against the sentence. In the Hazara Division there was also a partial strike.

In Islamabad’s Aabpara intersection, about 1,000 people reportedly protested; Rawalpindi saw the closure of markets and road blockages.

A few pockets of Karachi were closed, though the strike failed to shut shops and businesses in most parts of the city.

Qadri Judge to be transferred

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry has issued a transfer order for District and Sessions Judge Pervez Ali Shah, who was already on leave, after he sentenced Mumtaz Qadri to death for the murder of Salmaan Taseer. The chief justice has posted Shah from an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi to the Child Protection Court Lahore.

(With additional reporting from Karachi, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan)

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2011.

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Dr. O. P. Sudrania | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend The ATC Judge who awarded the death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri is already out of Pakistan alongwith his family for fears of death threats to them. The assistant who helped the Judge in ATAC Court is also under life threat from these polarised people. I had already forecasted these before and it has happened exactly. The most unfortunate thing to know was that even the group of lawyers in the ATC Court showered rose petals on this murderer hailing him as a pious soldier of Islam. In such a highly brainwashed literate society in a country whose common people are living a homeless life and the country's politicians are begging before the world to help for their second consecutive worst flood in southern Sindh and Baloch provinces; they expect the world sane society to sympathise with brainless elites. It is a national shame that Pakistani leaders are crying hoarse against the world community to chasten them and violate their sovereignty on one hand; while on the other hand they are failing in their attempt to enact the rule of law at home. The minorities in Pakistan including the non-Sunni Muslims have no security of their life and property. It is time that Pakistani leaders should awaken and start building their own sand dunes into RCC houses before they hurl stones on others. China is already looking to build her military bases in Pakistan while they have been thriving on cheap US/Saudi dollars and involving secretely Chinese by selling out their lands in Kashmir and allowing to build bases in main land. Blaming India for all their ills is easy but India is not and never will be Pakistan's enemy with her own 170 million Muslim population and ethnically cleansed Valley. Wake up Pakistan. You have your own enemy in your backyard.
ExplainThis | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

The entire case of the alleged killing is concerned with the issue of blasphemy. Therefore, I suggest that the Federal Shariah Court should decide on this case, rather than any other court (the sessions court in this case).

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