Dismissing rumours: Judge who sentenced Qadri leaves Pakistan for Hajj

Published: October 25, 2011
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According to Special Prosecutor in the case Saiful Malook, the judge was sent to Saudi Arabia by the government. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

According to Special Prosecutor in the case Saiful Malook, the judge was sent to Saudi Arabia by the government. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: Contrary to local media reports suggesting that the judge who convicted Mumtaz Qadri has fled the country due to death-threats, The Express Tribune has learnt that Syed Pervez Ali Shah has left for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

The former Anti-Terrorism Court judge delivered the death sentence to Qadri for the murder of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.

Local media reported that he fled the country after he received death threats from extremist groups.

Sources told The Express Tribune that he had submitted an application for a 50-day ex-Pakistan leave from October 18 to December 8, to the Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice CJ Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

Superintendent of Child Protection Court (CPC) Muhammad Jamil told The Express Tribune that Shah had taken charge on October 17. He reportedly left for Hajj on October 18, said Jamil, adding that “nothing extra was mentioned” in his application to LHC.

Sources revealed that the leave application does not mention anything in particular regarding death threats. Howeve,r earlier the judge had been unable to perform his duty due to the hostility of lawyers and other religious groups who had been asking the authorities to hand Shah over to them.

Shah was transferred to the CPC Bureau in Lahore as Sitting District and Session Judge and Presiding Officer amid protest from religious groups.

Special Prosecutor for the federal government, Saiful Malook –  who fought the case on behalf of Taseer’s family  – told The Express Tribune that he also faced death threats from some elements for appearing as counsel in the court.

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Oct 25, 2011 - 6:11PM

    Stay out of the country. Get your family out and settle abroad.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 25, 2011 - 7:30PM

    And Qadri and his supporters live on! This is not Quaid’s Pakistan but dictator Zia’s country. What a shame that no independent and honest man is safe in Pakistan. I am glad that Justice Shah and his family away from the clutches of fanaticism. Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 25, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Please don’t come back. I hope your immediate family members are with you.

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  • Oct 25, 2011 - 8:02PM

    What better way to reaffirm your Muslimness than to go for Hajj.. Good, smart move.

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  • John B
    Oct 25, 2011 - 8:05PM

    BBC also reported that he fled the country. Hopefully, the Hajj story is correct.

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  • Pasha
    Oct 25, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Why can’t government resolve this case the same why they resolved Raymond Davis’ case? Give money to Taseer family and release Qadri like they released Raymond, after all Qadri is a hero for majority.

    I’m sure if Qadr’s supporters are asked to collect fund for Taseer family they would collect more than a billion rupees, that’s a big sum guys!

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  • wahab butt
    Oct 25, 2011 - 8:42PM

    Shame on all Qadri supporters!

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  • Fugitive
    Oct 25, 2011 - 10:31PM

    @Mirza:
    Well Mirza I can understand from where you are coming and appreciate your concern for the god forsaken country. However, it is indeed the Quaid’s Pakistan. Who was the flag bearer of the so called two-nation theory and led the fanatics who demanded a separate homeland for the Muslims. Who said that he would get Pakistan, be it of the size of a handkerchief. It all started then. The Pakistan movement was the beginning of the end. Things do not come by overnight. At the beginning it was a separate homeland for Muslims, then in the 1977 the Tehreek-e-Nizam-Mustafa. The extremists, during the movement of 1977, brought forward only two major demands; ban on alcohol and declaring of Friday, instead of Sunday, as weekly holiday. And now here we are. Change in the society is not abrupt and over night. It evolves. From worse to worst. And mind you, the worst is yet to come. Be prepared to become another Afghanistan, or Somalia, or something even worse. The prime Minister congratulates the nation on securing a UN Security Council seat, but does not mention there were Togo and Guatemala as well. How many in Pakistan even know if these countries actually exist. So what is the big deal? Security Council or no Security Council, people need something to eat. Can you feed them with Ghouri missiles or models of Chagi mountain. I guess not.Recommend

  • kashif akhtar
    Oct 25, 2011 - 10:51PM

    Pasha and the likes.. U really think Taseer family needs the money?. Qadri confessed to the murder and infront of eye witnesses. WHY SHOULD HE BE RELEASED?. And where is this majority supporters of Qadri u are talking about? PeoPLE LIKE U GIVE PAKISTAN A BAD NAME. Every single one is turning into a Munafiq now. Dont call it Pakistan now… rename it to Munafiqistan. There is nothing Pak about it now. Recommend

  • MAD
    Oct 25, 2011 - 11:09PM

    The judge did his job. Like it or not the law is the law. If the judge had not acted according to law he would have violated his oath.

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  • Oct 25, 2011 - 11:59PM

    Shame on Taseer’s supporters.
    Qadri is Ghazi

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  • csmann
    Oct 26, 2011 - 12:51AM

    he should ask for asylum for him and his family,preferably out of islamic world

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  • waseem
    Oct 26, 2011 - 12:58AM

    Qadri is Ghazi?? so lets make him shaheed.. he said he is ready to die for Hazoor pbuh.. why is he appealing his death sentence.. let him die.. is he so scared of death.. is he crying like a chicken inside his cell? awww poor him.. wasn’t he afraid at the time when he took the life of salman taseer.. he thought he is God and thus killed the man.. what happend to him now?…. let him bhie SHAHEED FOR YOU.. and he will always be a murderer, an evil person….

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  • Rationalist
    Oct 26, 2011 - 2:12AM

    @Fugitive:

    A very candid and poignant post. Just one comment:

    “Who said that he would get Pakistan, be it of the size of a handkerchief. It all started then. The Pakistan movement was the beginning of the end. Things do not come by overnight.”

    While this is contextually correct, temporally the problem dates much farther back. It all started with the ideology of “believers vs. unbelievers” or “us. vs. them”. The problem with this ideology is that it will ultimately lead to the inevitable question of who really is “us”? That is what you are seeing in Pakistan and why this has been repeated throughout history where Muslims have been a minority.

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  • BRUISED INDIAN
    Oct 26, 2011 - 4:24AM

    @Gul:
    Shame on you Gul to be glorifying a human loss of life and shame on you again to be glorifying a murderer. Its people like you who shall be responsible to bring Pakistan to its knees.

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  • Amjad Cheema
    Oct 26, 2011 - 4:42AM

    Shame on qadri,s supporters

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  • Paras Vikmani
    Oct 26, 2011 - 4:22PM

    He must not come back to his country.

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  • kilo
    Oct 26, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Qadri and the likes.. should be provided every support and opportunity to convert themselves into shaheeds.Anybody (his lawyers & supporter included) trying to hinder his quick march towards shahadat are perhaps commiting blasphamy.

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