ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA called for the release of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the man who gunned down Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in 2011.
PTI MNA from Mardan, Mujahid Ali Khan made the demand during a debate on the budget in the National Assembly.
Khan had won the NA-11 seat in the May 11 elections.
Another PTI MNA Arif Alvi clarified that Khan had made this demand in his personal capacity, and this had nothing to do with the party.
Earlier in 2011, PTI chairman Imran Khan had condemned Qadri’s reception as a hero on the premises of the Anti Terrorism Court, Rawalpindi.
“Extremism and radicalism have penetrated our society deeply,” he had said, adding that it is especially harmful for the youth.
Qadri never argued that he had not killed Taseer – shortly after he shot him dead, Qadri said his motive was Taseer’s apparent opposition to the country’s blasphemy law. But if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was the stringent defence put up by religious parties, whose activists showered rose petals on Qadri at his court hearing, brought him flowers on Valentine’s Day and set up Facebook pages glorifying him.
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2013-> PTI MNA calls for Mumtaz Qadri release http://t.co/p0KxRnCbYS Tragic Deaths of Salman Taseer & Shahbaz Bhatti http://t.co/Lb8D927kih— Aamir Mughal (@mughalbha) June 20, 2013
On one hand PTI says it fully trusts judiciary, on other hand its elected reps negate the decision of apex courts in Mumtaz Qadri case?— Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi (@Ali_Abbas_Zaidi) June 20, 2013
Imran slams hero’s welcome for Qadri http://t.co/eBT3UQcMez via @etribune— Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam (@FarahnazZahidi) June 20, 2013
“Hope PTI disciplines [email protected]: The MNA demanding the release of Mumtaz Qadri is PTI's Mujahid Ali Khan, elected from NA-11, Mardan.— Aamna Taseer (@AamnaTaseer) June 20, 2013
On what grounds is PTI's mujahid ali khan asking for the release of mumtaz qadri?? Is this report correct??— FK (@faisalkapadia) June 20, 2013
What happened to rule of law "@shero1985: PTI MNA from Mardan, Mujahid Ali Khan demands release of a convicted murderer Mumtaz Qadri in NA."— Ayesha Tammy Haq (@tammyhaq) June 20, 2013
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Justice must be prevailed..though i see lot of moral indignation here.
I respect the fact that report different sides to the story and try to impartial but really ET, it's not cutting it. I get these partial tendencies' vibes from you. Like example, the title. "Naya Pakistan?" If something is wrong and it's from the party that I am very enthusiastic about - I shall not blindly follow my party. I support the right thing to be done/do. But It's really getting to me now. All the hostility and "Naya Pakistan?" is irritating. It's okay there's opposition. There always is. And there's a ruddy bumpy road to achieving the goals but you guys, the partial ones, are like little babies crying all day PTI PTI. Man.
@Aysha M (original version): Thank you.
Lol and you copied and pasted it over here, no wonder you guys are called [email protected] gandapur:
Er [email protected] Tanoli:
Good Move from PTI MNA..PTI should try to remove their Liberal Face if they want to More votes from Pakistan in Next Elections. Very soon all Pakistanis will see this new face of PTI
Lost a huge deal of respect for PTI. The way the issue was handled. PTI should immediately have come forward with a statement. Seriously, you can't be an MNA and give statements condoning and sympathizing with murderers. Mumtaz Qadri is a murderer, Period.
@My Views: "@Hasnain: So, whats wrong in abolishing co-education? :)" . What is wrong in abolishing education itself? Humanity has survived without education for centuries.
Oops. This comment was supposed for other news story.
Why do I see so fuss here? It is more of a political statement to accommodate the sentiments of Taliban. Btw he didn't say anything that is antithetical to our values. What we really need is quality education, not who do we study with.
P.S. I believe we should have secular educational system.
Its disgusting! He should take his words back! What a demand?? What a priority???
PTI is nothing but a B-team of Jamaat-e-Islami and is acting accordingly. All its deeds and actions have been full of hypocrisy like its mentor party, from faking victims of a Taliban attack as drone victims to KPK budget where salaries of the provincial government employees were shows as the education budget. You will see more of their hypocrisy in the days to come so be prepared for it.
Mr ET Moderator. I am noticing you are not giving space to my blogs on different issues. I don't want to waste my precious time on commenting on burning issues. Good riddance, bye bye.
PTI is full of contradictions. I am regretting for my vote to PTI.
Really funny to see PTI trolls twisting this as a trap for PMLN ;) I remember them covering up similar stupid remarks by its multiple candidates as trap for PMLN too during elections and we all saw who fell in the ditch then ;)
Surprisingly nothing from Khan sahib on it - are you with your MNA or against him?
PTI come out with your stand on the issue or count us liberals out of this!!
No, not when you are an MNA and are trying to subvert the law, the constitution and judicial process of your own country. In another country he would have been kicked out of the parliament and justifiability be considered an enemy of the state.
Blasphemy law aside, he is simply a murderer! What is wrong with this MNA? Is he PTI member or joined PTI after elections?
@Ali Tanoli: Are you blind? He committed murder in front of witnesses so why do you believe that he is innocent?
@man from kpk: No wonder KPK is living in the middle ages. Qadri is a murder and should be hung for this let alone be released.
@Zara: Know probably a lot more than you would.
Aww Naya pakistan! Last night alvi n now Mr. Mardan.. i think old pakistan is better..
Every person has the right to have his/her opinion on different issues, and a person's view does not reflect the party views. If this would have come from party senior leasership, then it would have been a different story. What I am talking about is very common in USA and UK, where members of the same party do differ on different issues. We are not a very mature democracy yet, hence people make a big stink out of this.
IK should dismiss him to be true to his words and beliefs. Otherwise once in politics with seats, ur all the same.
GREAT PTI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although I am having reservations with Pti but I really praise this step. I REALLY APPRECIATE
@Talha: "Flawed" is an understatement !!!
Please check this video on PTI site in which Aamir Mughal, the General Secretary of the PTI Islamabad, is openly calling for the assassination of Salmaan Taseer on December 30, 2010, five days before the said assassination took place.
Don’t believe me? The said speech remains proudly displayed on the PTI’s own official website.
So, it is not just one odd MNA. It is the stated policy of the party.
Before Making any kind of Judgements, see PTI Party Policy on Mumtaz Qadri issue
I have written on these before, saying people congratulations. we are trapped, it is a different game played by cj, coa and pti and pml with saudi money, it is sort of arab spring without a single fire or a tear gas shell. where all these wahabi elements will join hands, and now god help us. congratulation people of pakistan for paving way for wahabism.
Sorry State of affairs. Not disappointed actually, PTI was bound to be full of extremist supporters.
Long Live Qadri.. Long live Mujahid Ali Khan..
Zinda hai Zia zinda hai. In the form of IK.
Looks like PTI has started to show its true colours. This party is nothing but an apologist for the right wing fundamentalists.
Pakistan is just not a state .... it is Islamic state !!!
Imran had given in detail comments about Qadri's position to him. The MNA must have considered discussing it with the party. But as alvi said it was on his personal capacity that he made this demand. But it should be investigated who spread hatred against Taseer that Qadri was so offended that he killed him.
In the beginning, I used to support Imran Khan. I thought an Oxford educated person like him would have moderate ideas. Then, I listened to Imran Khan on a TV talk show. He was saying with passion and anger that some are spreading false information that his divorced wife was a Jew converted to Islam but that his divorced wife was never a Jew but was a Christian converted to Islam. It shocked me. If the former religion of your ex-wife matters that much, and also if a person thinks that a Jew converted to Islam is different than a Christian converted to Islam what would be the mentality of this person?
So you people elected this yahoo, regretting your vote for him, too late but you can recall him from the NA, get a recall petition going in his constituency.
Whats the fuss all about? If someone expresses what he feels, whether thats right or wrong doesnt express the ideology of a party. All the folks criticizing PTI and IK, what about that lady of PML-N who slapped a bus hostess? Does that represent the feudal mindset of PML-N or NS? Stop whinning all the time. Either u support IK or NS, groom urself nd broaden your mind. Dont like what he said criticize him not IK. That lady did something criticize her not NS.
Please dont try to fool us! The party dis-associating itself immediately from any such statement is in itself a great thing to do, given Mumtaz unforunately has a lot of support. And why are you so impatient?
Let u see how they respond further. In my opinion there is no need to go to the next level by dis qualifying him or making a hype out of this issue (as the issue is too sensitive). But they should clearly re-define their firm stance against Mumtaz Qadri.
1 more thing, unfortunately again, in a DEMOCRACY you have the right to say anything you want to (freedom of speech). Just search the news about all kinds of nasty things western parliamentarians sometimes say. You just dont put them behind the bars for that!
Demand for release of killer of HUMANITY....What a shame.......... This is what's wrong with our nation i.e. everyone has a different set of beliefs that they call ISLAM (where as ISLAM means only one set of belief)..... That one set of belief says that killing one innocent person is like killing a humanity, this QADRI killed an innocent person......
High status or not you can not kill people under Pakistani law. Do you believe in Pakistani law or not? If not you have no business with Pakistan.
Not according to the Pakistan law and constitution. Which planet do you come from? Why not release all criminals then?
true face of naya pakistan
@Water Bottle: Bootal Sahib, you once asked me a question, Bhai Sahib, answer is that in a country where COLD BLOOD MUDERES are consider heroes, are enough to make not only ex but ex muslims too, and I am both of that.
@Fareed: He is elected on PTI Ticket from NA-11. Shame http://www.ecp.gov.pk/electionresult/Search.aspx?constituency=NA&constituencyid=NA-11
Mumtaz Qadri should be hanged.
I have many comments, PTI fans are expecting some kind of reaction from party leadership on this demand. Others are taunting PTI for the deviation between their pre election vows & their act as of now, few are raising questions over Arif Alvi's clarification, few are asking about PTI's discipline etc.
I'd say that this is just the beginning & there 's much to come because PTI is not a party it is a platform of people with totally different thoughts who are gathered to mess the administration of Pakistan in a different way.
Then tomorrow Rana Sanaullah will say that let LEJ do what ever they want- may be they stop the violence? In my opinion, IK should give a clarification or ask his MNA to take his words back. Alot of people think that he is Taliban Khan, and if no clarification comes from PTI... then i have no doubts in saying IK and Taliban Khan.
Now it is time for all forward looking liberals who voted for PTI to do a deep rethink, atleast people in big cities. Since I am a genuin karachiite , allow me to say some , all open minded law abiding citizens they do have an option , to rally around only party which is truely centre left and all inclusive . In lahore they do not have an option of a liberal party where as in karchi we are not deprived of forward looking political party .There should be no qualms about MQM being heavily urdu speaking , well havent 2013 shown us the election on ethnic lines ,punjabis for Nwaz Sharif , pathans for Khan Saheb , sindh voted to PPP purely ethnicity and baloach for baloach , so it is fine that karachi walas voted for urdu speaking . Best is to keep are strength in unity. Sorry but PTI HAS NO DIRECTION NO IDEOLOGY . and my request to all mummy dadiesit is just a beginning.
@Jyala: thats called courage
@Aysha M (original version): U'll be happiest person on Earth today & other PML-N Supporters, but this is not a statement by PTI Chairman or President!
@Fawad: or in words hypocricy, needed in politics
Even if this amateur takes back his words like the 'experienced' stallion JH did, this just shows the mind set that these politicians have regardless of their party association or agenda. Now see how IK would try and deny this in a muted, round about way rather then suspending this guy from the party.
@Noman Ansari: Big fan of PTI.. But what the fudge? Its the blind fans like you who have got us here.
And its because of people like you we got PML-N.
Parliamentarians are often unreasonably disqualified because they hold two citizenships. I think demanding the release of a murderer, that too, of democracy, should get a parliamentarian's own citizenship taken away.
The PTI is another apologist for murderous, religious fanatics. You would think they'd be calling for the sentence on Qadri to be carried out. If I had anything to do with it he'd be hanged in public. I'm so sorry for the late Governor's family that our government consists of a bunch of lily-livered cowards.
Excellent! Now all they need to do is build statues of Qadri and pray to it for personal salvation!
why he is bad because he killed the high status man what about Ghazi ilam din shaheed we don't say he was wrong oh may be he killed Hindu man... I guess that's the reason.
On this issue PTI will be divided into two parts, as a PTI supporter I support Malik Mumtaz Qadri.
He is right we should released Mr Qadri he is innocent man.
Given the ideology of PTI and PML (N), It is not surprising for us, both are the extremely rightist parties, we should not hope any good from them, as they are elected on the assistance of religious extremist groups, they definitely will serve for their rights too, and this demand of Quadra’s release is the evidence of late…
Mujahid does not have a personal capacity when he is saying this as MNA of PTI in the National Assembly. Where is the party action against him? Heck he is not even been condemned by party leadership. Don't try to fool anyone.
Welcome to NAYA Pakistan:)
@Asad Shairani: http://tribune.com.pk/story/565903/co-education-or-not-people-should-have-the-right-to-choose-says-arif-alvi/ You guys would just say anything you like. Remember, someone's watching you. And He doesn't like people who spread misinformation and are a cause of fitna. Don't judge and don't misinform the weak minds as you will be questioned not by me but by God. Good night
PTI Haters jumping with happiness now as they found something against PTI, by the way this is a statement of a PTI MNA not by IK!
Welcome to Naya Pakistan.
Mummy daddy chaps are commenting..
It was expected from the PTI parliamentarians and after few days you may hear same demand from Imran Khan too. Even though PTI was able to attract many young moderates because of Imran’s personality, they are basically a B-team of Jamat-e-Islami. The main gurus of PTI have same rightist mindset with justification to all atrocities committed by the religious extremists. Just like PML-N, they have learned to condemn these actions to fool the common people but always accommodate and facilitate the extremist minds and ideology. I wish PPP get rid of Zardari and other opportunist leaders and adopt moderate, secular and liberal ideology. It can be an ideal platform for all the progressive forces of Pakistan because the true workers of PPP are still very committed liberal minds.
To all the haters of PTI!.. READ!! This has nothing to with PTI party's view. I am sure we all know what the chairman believes in.. Secondly, it's PTI or PPP or ANP or PMLN the elected members are "representatives" of their communities, which are no other than Pakistanis, Pakistanis who belong to all religious beliefs including Sunnis, Shias, Christians, Talibans, Aalims and Molvis. There are people like Jotoi who ask for corruption rights still work with PPP and PMLN. It doesn't reflect everyone's beliefs in those parties. We can easily quote harsh stances taken by individuals in all parties yet the parties are run with a common drive. If you still want to judge a party's vision and want to have your 2 ounces of chocolate biscuit and make a big deal out of what a PTI MPA said on his personal beliefs, please have fun as no one can put you to the right path. And you would not leave any opportunity to spread hate!
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A good moderator needs to be brave enough to take the other side as well what you are not doing. This is a one sided debate.
I offered Namaz-e-Janaza of Salman Taseer, and I am proud of it ...
So PTI will sell its mothers if it has to to get in power? Where is the principle in that?
"Scary. And what’s ever scarier is that such people are not limited to right wing parties. The more liberal ones are also infested with opportunistic people like Ghulam Ahmed Bilour!"
You are mistaken.
PTI is ultra right wing party. Why would it support TTP and why would it send its representatives to DeP council and why would it call to retain the harsh rules against Ahmadis.
PTI is a party of bigots, led by a bigot.
As a PTI voter, I demand capital punishment for Mumtaz Qadri. May Allah Grant Salman Taseer Shaheed Jannah tul Firdos. Ameen ...
O please - read the article properly. Arif Alvi immediately said Mujahid said this in his personal capacity! Imran Khan was one of the few politicians who immediately condemned qadri in 2011! Not even Taseer's colleagues in PPP dared to speak out against the murder and didn't offer fatiha for him in NA!! Get a life!
typical mummy daddy chaps are commenting.. it is an individual opinion and we should keep it that way...
A big LOL at all the comments here. What if just 1 MNA said this. The whole party DISAGREES and this is the point. Imran Khan is still the only politician who condemned Mumtaz Qadri. Just give me 1 more politician who condemned him!!!
please calm down , we people of KPK voted for PTi and they have a mandate , if you disagree with his stance you should simply disagree with him , i respect the mandate of this mna of PTI and believe that he is write Qadri should be released considering the massive outrage caused by his captivity .
Whoever is writing against PTI. The so called liberals of our society, who favour coeducation system and many things. In Pakistan, other wing vote matters. By appeasing liberals like you will do more harm to PTI than any good. Let PTI do its job. I bet many of you dont know how rural areas politics work.
is this 'naya pakistan' ? Shame . . .
PTI knows politics now :)
Its just a political statement. I think its need of hour to minimize wrath of extremist in KPK and other area. If you can save life of many people through these statements. It will do more good
Birds of a feather flock together - PTI and its right wing clergy partners are actually one and the same ! Shame on PTI and IK ! You have a member of national assembly from your party that calls for a murderer and the one who was supposed to protect the man he murdered to be released !
Your trolls could sweet coat the statement as much as they like but the truth is that you guys are worse than the most right wing and fanatical parties !
PTI is learning politics day by day. Nawaz Shariff trolls are in trouble :)
and now there will be stories after story telling us "he was elected independent and then joined PTI", or he was a new comer and so on and so on. the T in PTI stands for these folks, you guys understand and the I is Initiative. I'm afraid if i write it more clearly, ET will not post my post
@Aysha M (original version): Cry me a river @kanwal: Agree with what you wrote.
Curious to see IK's response to this. Qadri has a lot of rabid supporters unfortunately so it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
Not surprised at all, i anticipate and am looking forward to PTI showering petals on this fanatic upon his release.
@Noman Ansari: PTI is a whole lot of fudge and more to come your way
lets put it this way (and its not sarcastic) he should be punished as per the human laws. if he is right, he ll be rewarded.we should not come in between mumtaz and Allah. if he is not punished, it will set a dangerous precedent and people will start taking law into their own hands and killing people and settle old scores.order of the society must be kept to avoid anarchy (fitna)
is Pakistan a state or an Islamic Movement? ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I find the answer every day in most news items in the ET.
@Sami: me me me me i obtained trible doctorate in pseudointelligence, Liberal Facism sciences and Philosophy of Trollism from Oxford :)
Pathetic, our elected candidates don't know how to treat a murderer regardless of whom he is.
All liberal supporters here. Imran Khan cant WIN because of your support. He also need to cut Nawaz Shariff vote bank to come in power. Otherwise, he cant WIN. Statements like these are important in POLITICS to trap your rivals
@Baba Ji: What a point to notice!! Good work..
Guys, this is a POLITICS. More like this will be on way to trap PML(N). Way to Go ....PTI
@Hasnain: So, whats wrong in abolishing co-education? :)
Its the blind fans like you who have got us here.
Excellent Political statement by PTI :). PML(N) more to come
not surprised. PTI has many more :) Lets see if he face the same as did Javed Hasmi sb.
Not surprised with this nonsense.... PTI will not let live bacha kucha Pakistan.... Horrible days to come..... Imran Khan turned out to be far more idiot than anyone could suppose.... He has forgotten all problems that Pakistan facing and is just after drones about which common man doesn't care at all... Rather locals are happy because they are getting rid of the beasts TTP due to drone strikes.....
Kick him out of PTI.
Take your words back
Good work Khan Sahab. At least someone from PTI dared. With you Khan Sahab. But I would agree that this blasphemy law is also used for political & personal matters.
I am not concerned about PTI or Naya Pakistan ... my point is what has this man been eating in jail? ... look at his built .... he is about to burst !!!!
Lets stage a dhaarna for Qadri's release. The PTI way
This man should be given a contempt of court notice. The crime of mumtaqz qadri is big enough to land all his supporters such notices. and imran khan must issue a statement refuting this man's words. or cancel his membership. If he is not PTI member, then IK must cancel any alliance with him. full stop
PTI a signatory to restraining women from voting, then demanding release of Qadri, welcome to medieval Pakistan. Thanks to PTI
This is democracy, where an individual member can express openly. Unfortunately our countrymen are addicted to slavery of few families who could just buy anyone. Perhaps we need 100 more years to learn and digest democratic values. Till then, enjoy the chains of masters.
Under PMLN, mission of Zia ul Haq continues. Pakistan goes down a notch everyday. This along with Internet censorship is taking Pakistan to a very bad place.
The poison is spread far, wide and deeper in pakistan.
@Fareed: Sorry you cant wriggle out, from under the PTI umbrella, it cant be ignored.
Imran Khan should make a public statement condemning this demand
PTI showing its true colors
Where is the party discipline? What if some MNA of PTI demands the release of all terrorists currently in jails? Mere clarification is not enough, he should b forced to take his words back. And BTW Imran khan is a childhood friend of Salman Taseer he should have the courage to take action against such absurd statements
Islam does not permit anyone to kill someone on his personal judgement. That would mean jungle rule. It is the responsibility of the state.
hmm.so this is naya Pakistan PTI stood for?in which a PARLIAMENTARIAN demands release of a murderer claiming him to be hero. I am sure that Imran Khan will not demand him to withdraw his statement as he did when Javed Hashmi called Nawaz Shareef hi Leader...
its not a surprise fro PTI. Lets see if he is treated on the same lines as was Javed Hashmi sb?
Any pseudo-intellectual "Liberal Trolls" in the hosue ?
Oh, Mr. Alvi give me a break! What's this 'personal capacity' nonsense? He certainly didn't utter these words during slumber.
Big fan of PTI..
But what the fudge?
Not Surprised really..
Wouldnt be surprised either if CJ actually takes a Suo moto notice and order his release..
Arif Alvi said we can abolish coeducation system on Taliban request and now this Mumtaz Qadri release. Woaw Taliban Khan is an appropriate word coined for Imran Khan
PTI haters will have a field day with this one. However, as a supporter I wish PTI forces Mujahid Ali Khan to take back his words just like the 'youth' forced Javed Hashmi to take back his comments on the PM Nawaz Sharif.. . That would be justice.
let the trolling begin!
Inallilllah wa Innallillah e ilahai raaje noon, where are PTI suppoters who are enlighted and liberal
We are a flawed nation!!
True Face ... More to Come from PTi ...
Is this Mujahid Ali Khan an elected PTI party rep or an independent who joined PTI?
Scary. And what's ever scarier is that such people are not limited to right wing parties. The more liberal ones are also infested with opportunistic people like Ghulam Ahmed Bilour!
Congratulations to all PTI voters.