Plea against death sentence: Defence says religious scholar influenced Qadri

Published: October 6, 2015
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Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Lawyer for former elite force guard Mumtaz Qadri on Monday argued before a bench of the Supreme Court that the guard had acted on his own interpretation of the blasphemy law and teachings of the Holy Quran after being influenced by speeches of a religious scholar to assassinate ex-Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.

Mian Nazir Akhtar, arguing Qadri’s plea to overturn the death sentence awarded by an anti-terror court, said that the guard was convinced Taseer had committed blasphemy.

The three-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa noted that the real culprit was the person who had induced Qadri to commit the act.

Read: Mumtaz Qadri case: At least 70 ST activists held

The apex court, while hearing two identical appeals against an Islamabad High Court judgment to reject Qadri’s plea against his death sentence, further said that it had to be determined whether Taseer had committed blasphemy and whether Qadri could be given the right to judge that and commit murder.

“We have to look into whether the deceased (Taseer) indeed blasphemed or was he simply commenting on the misuse of blasphemy law,”  Justice Dost Muhammad Khan observed.

Justice Khosa added that no evidence had been presented that showed Taseer committed blasphemy; rather it seemed that the slain governor had pointed out defects in the law — which did not constitute a crime.

Read: Five questions framed: Supreme Court accepts Mumtaz Qadri’s appeal

ST activists held

At least 70 activists of Sunni Tehreek were booked on Monday by the capital police for violating Section 144 after they had gathered near the Supreme Court (SC) building, where Qadri’s appeal was being heard.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2015.

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  • always learning
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:04PM

    Did the defence lawyer name the religious scholar who influenced Mr. Qadri? Does he become culpable in some way? Recommend

  • PiS
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:39PM

    Qadri needs to be hanged to set an example that you can’t commit murders using religion as a tool. He and his supporters have made a mockery of judicial system of Pakistan. In the hearing plea, the honorable court should also comment on their hijacking of Islam and giving it a bad name across the world. This is a disservice to every Pakistanis who bear the burnt for their action. Additionally they send out a vicious message that anyone can take law in their own hands in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Oct 6, 2015 - 2:01PM

    @PiS:

    This is the litmus test for the supreme court. Do we accept every body’s interpretion of the blasphemy Law or do we rely on the courts. Can we allow the Law of jungle to pervail in Pakistan. If i am not mistaken earlier a judge fled the country after sentencing this man to death. It is time to walk the walk instead of talk the talk. The nation and the world is watching.Recommend

  • Dada
    Oct 6, 2015 - 2:08PM

    even if Taseer did the blasphemy, this man must be hanged to set an example and let others learn exactly that only the courts can set orders for execution as long as the execution law existRecommend

  • babu
    Oct 6, 2015 - 2:46PM

    Law should be brought inconformity with the Sharia than no body could dare to commit act of blasphemy ad Taseer did.Recommend

  • Basharit Qadri
    Oct 6, 2015 - 2:49PM

    You right wing liberals can cry and scream all you want! Mumtaz Hussain Qadri will never EVER be hanged In Sha Allah till the country is called the Islamic republic of Pakistan!Recommend

  • Saad S Ahmed
    Oct 7, 2015 - 3:29PM

    Well, Basharit Qadri sb, let’s change the name to just the Republic of Pakistan, because Qadri and the likes of him deserve to be executed publicly.

    Anyway, on the one hand, we so praise Ghazi Ilm Din for the same crime, yet, on the other hand, we are all so out to have Qadri hanged. While I strongly believe that Qadri should not be spared at any cost, I also think Ilm Din should not have been so venerated as he is.

    My question is, why the double standards?Recommend

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