Former LHC chief justice to defend Mumtaz Qadri

Qadri had filed an appeal before the IHC challenging his death sentence.

Obaid Abbasi October 10, 2011
Former LHC chief justice to defend Mumtaz Qadri

ISLAMABAD: Former Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif will defend Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, in court on Tuesday, confirmed Lawyer Raja Shujaur Rehman.

Justice Khawaja was appointed Chief Justice of the LHC on April 12, 2009 and retired on 8 December 2010 on attaining the age of superannuation. He was appointed to the court on May 21, 1998.

The CJ remained deposed from the bench from November 3, 2007 till March 17, 2009 when he was restored.

The Divisional bench (DB) of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), comprising of Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi will hear the case at 10:30am in the IHC.

Qadri had filed an appeal before the IHC earlier challenging his death sentence. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced Qadri to death earlier this month on two counts for the murder of Taseer. The self-confessed killer’s defence pleas, which invoked religious sentiments and argued the accused was provoked into the act, were dismissed by the court.

Qadri, a constable in the Punjab Police and a member of its Elite Force, tried to justify his murder of the governor by stating that he had killed him for supporting Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman whom Taseer had believed had been wrongly convicted of committing blasphemy.

Terror in the courts

Qadri's trial has remained a controversial one, with violent protests being taken out across Pakistan against the verdict.

Additionally, the Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Pervaiz Ali Shah who passed the death sentence for Qadri was transferred to Lahore on Friday amid protest from religious groups.

The ATC judge who had sentenced Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, was transferred to Child Protection Court Bureau in Lahore, merely a month after he was posted to Rawalpindi.

The judge had been unable to perform his duty due to the hostility of a certain group of lawyers and other religious groups who had been asking the authorities to hand Shah over to them.

The lawyers had earlier asked the government to transfer the judge to some other city. The Rawalpindi District Bar had passed a resolution giving a five-day deadline to the government. The decision came after the nationwide strike by religious parties on Friday.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan instead of Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, this has been fixed. The error is regretted.


Saleem | 12 years ago | Reply

@Usman: It is a great sin to associate something with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which is not true. We need to be sure that whatever is said about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is true. In last twenty/thirty years image of the prophet has been distorted by so called Islamic scholars, mostly in Pakistan & Afghanistan.

Need more info about the incidence that you are referring as obviously what you are saying changes perception about Islam, and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in particular.

Usman | 12 years ago | Reply

@Saleem: I answered your question in detail containing references of that incident from Sahi Bukhari but unfortunately this website doesn't accepted it. Seems like they are also unhappy of what this article is all about.

@csmann: I was expecting the same answer from you and its clear from your last comment that you are perceiving me as conservative and fundamentalist as well. Why would I start shouting discrimination? cant you see the non muslims throwing harsh questions to the Islamic scholars in an islamic program but they on the other hand never complained and answered them politely, Do you think its a blasphemy too??. Why you are mixing blasphemy with the other fundamentals of religion??. This is the major problem growing in our society that we consider mullah an isolated, conservative and fundamentalist who cannot accept anything against Islam. For your information am not a Mullah, am just a normal muslim strictly following what is instructed in Qur'an and Hadith.

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