SC upholds death sentence for Salmaan Taseer's killer

Published: October 7, 2015
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Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The country’s top court upheld on Wednesday the death sentence for former elite force guard Mumtaz Qadri for killing former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa scrapped a plea seeking to revoke Qadri’s death sentence. The sentence was first awarded by an anti-terror court and was then upheld by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) before being challenged in the apex court.

The bench also accepted the federal government’s appeal against Islamabad High Court’s order, wherein charges of terrorism on Qadri was dropped. The bench while announcing short order restored the anti terrorism court’s order.

Read: Judge, jury and executioner: Can individuals punish blasphemers, asks apex court

During the hearing, the counsels for Qadri requested the bench to award lesser sentence to their client as he had no personal grudge with Taseer.

On Tuesday, the three-judge bench has questioned whether an individual had the authority to assume the role of a judge, jury and executioner after having accused someone of blasphemy.

Justice Khosa was apprehensive that if people had the authority to punish alleged blasphemers, then chaos will reign. He warned that people could misuse it by accusing opponents of blasphemy to settle personal scores.

The court further asked whether Qadri had approached the state with his accusation of blasphemy against Taseer, and whether any evidence was available that lent credence to such accusations.

Qadri’s counsel Justice (retd) Mian Nazir Akhtar contended that something had happened just before Taseer was killed since none of the other elite force personnel present at the scene reacted to Qadri’s action. He added that punishing a blasphemer was a religious duty enjoined on everyone.

Read: Plea against death sentence: Defence says religious scholar influenced Qadri

The counsel argued that in blasphemy cases, words also matter though intention to commit a crime may not be as relevant.

Taseer was killed in January 2011 in Islamabad’s Kohsar market.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • Waqas
    Oct 7, 2015 - 1:34PM

    Its a landmark judgment and it’ll seriously affect the state of mullahs. Thank you Supreme court for keeping my trust in PakistanRecommend

  • Oct 7, 2015 - 1:54PM

    A historical decision indeed. Thumbs Up for SC !!Recommend

  • Azzy
    Oct 7, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Thank God for a sagacious Supreme courtRecommend

  • A-No.1
    Oct 7, 2015 - 1:58PM

    When will he be hanged?Recommend

  • Layman
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:18PM

    One of the best decisions SC has given in recent memory.Recommend

  • RAEES
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:26PM

    The degree of Justice (retd) Mian Nazir Akhtar should be cancelled.Recommend

  • Dr.M.M-Khan
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:28PM

    The SC has given a clear verdict. The Law of the jungle is over and humanity has won. Now let us see if the Govt. is willing to walk the walk and make this man walk the final walk! For once and all we have accepted the fact that dissent is is possible without being killed. Mr. Taseer’s family has waited long enough..GOD BLESS PAKISTAN. & SCRecommend

  • Fayez
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:34PM

    Alhamdullilah. Justice servedRecommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:35PM

    No individual has authority to act himself as judge jury and executioner. Court rightly rejected Qadri’s plea,he has no right to kill anyone even if other person had committed blasphemy. Only proper forum(court) has authority to decide if accused is guilty and how he should be punished. Recommend

  • Saad Nazim
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:36PM

    I’am ashamed that it us soo long after so many lives lost to such beliefs, let there be justice finally! Please, let there be justice for the sake of Pakistan and its people.

    HangMumtazQadriRecommend

  • TP
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:36PM

    Finally the terrorist will pay for his crimes.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:37PM

    as nation we are growing upRecommend

  • Anjum Arshi
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:45PM

    I am really concerned why it took SC so long to reach this decision. The man killed the Governor in broad daylight in front of witnesses. He was asking the SC to legalize murder in the name of the religion! And the SC actually considered his request?!?!?Recommend

  • MUNIB
    Oct 7, 2015 - 2:53PM

    Great News.

    Well done SUPREME COURT of PAKISTAN Recommend

  • Bob
    Oct 7, 2015 - 3:17PM

    Skunk. Should be hanged and humiliated as well. Recommend

  • Shakil
    Oct 7, 2015 - 3:42PM

    Served him right, its up to Allah and him in afterlife. for now he has committed a crime and killed a person and should be punished accordingly.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 7, 2015 - 3:58PM

    Justice done……….now it has to be seen to have been done.
    The worrying aspect during this whole episode as that a perception was developing that justice would not be done……now hopefully that has been put to rest.Recommend

  • rk singh
    Oct 7, 2015 - 4:02PM

    I have regained confidence in Pakistan’s supreme court.Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Oct 7, 2015 - 4:18PM

    A judgement of historic proportions, indeed. Recommend

  • Wasim Arif
    Oct 7, 2015 - 4:53PM

    Hail the Supreme Court for upholding the truth.

    Qadri must be hanged in public and made an example of.Recommend

  • Kamal
    Oct 7, 2015 - 5:13PM

    Well Done SCP. Excellent Decision. Hope they will not wait too long now for hanging to take place. Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Oct 7, 2015 - 5:18PM

    Yes, Qadri should be hanged but think again that why any blasphemy could not be hanged todate while here is law in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Raisani
    Oct 7, 2015 - 5:24PM

    Biased decision. Qadri is a hero, undoubtedly.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Oct 7, 2015 - 5:50PM

    Well done SC!

    And congratulations to government for successful prosecution Recommend

  • Attorney Tausif Kamal
    Oct 7, 2015 - 6:06PM

    Great, courageous decision. For once, I’m proud of our SC. A great day for the rule of law in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Oct 7, 2015 - 6:25PM

    But, will he be hanged?Recommend

  • Bob
    Oct 7, 2015 - 6:36PM

    @Raisani:
    Shame on you! think if some one have killed your son or family member on false blasphemy acquisition! Recommend

  • Punjab
    Oct 7, 2015 - 7:14PM

    My Trust in this country restored. God bless Justice Khosa.Recommend

  • VJ Yousafali
    Oct 7, 2015 - 7:44PM

    Good Judgment. Now don’t waste time in hanging him. Or else there will be sympathizers for him for everywhere. Recommend

  • Asif Maalik
    Oct 7, 2015 - 7:54PM

    A defining verdict by Supreme Court. Mumtaz Qadri should be hanged now without further delay and his defense lawyer’s license should be cancelled eternally who ridiculously was a retired Judge, it can be imagined how he would have been served justice. Recommend

  • hammurabi
    Oct 7, 2015 - 8:25PM

    Qadris supporters have on conscience or respect for human life. His counsel an ex judge has very
    narrow outlook on religion.Recommend

  • Azzy
    Oct 7, 2015 - 8:39PM

    @Raisani:
    I am ashamed to be a fellow citizen of a man like youRecommend

  • Oct 7, 2015 - 9:15PM

    i think thats the good decision given by SC coz if someone is left on the mercy of blashfamy without adopting n applying the law rules n regulations , then it’d be common in time to kill anyone in the name of blashfamy so it’s appreciatable verdict by SCP ..Recommend

  • pakistani
    Oct 7, 2015 - 9:22PM

    @Raisani:
    Shame on you. He is a cold blooded murderer who will be punished not only in this life but the life thereafter. Inshallah… Recommend

  • Zafar
    Oct 7, 2015 - 9:30PM

    Very WELL said Azzy.Recommend

  • javed iqbal
    Oct 7, 2015 - 9:47PM

    The great and brave decision. Salute to Judges Recommend

  • Javaid Bashir
    Oct 7, 2015 - 10:11PM

    Great decision Justices questioned that no on can be allowed to become Judge, jury and executioner all in one. Mumtaz Qadri acted as one.

    The bench upheld the anti terrorist court’s decision and restored the death sentence. Qadri was influenced by demagogues who declare Taseer a blasphemer. The counsel for the killer Justice (R) Nazir Akhtar contended that punishing blasphemer was religious duty enjoined on everyone . He contended that in Blasphemy words also matter though intention to commit blasphemy not be as relevant.

    Allama Hanif Qureshi declared Mumtaz as a hero. These type of fundamentalist brainwash idiots like Mumtaz Qadri. By upholding the death sentence Supreme Court has vindicated liberal thinking. Justice has been served. Recommend

  • usman777
    Oct 7, 2015 - 10:33PM

    wonderful news. no one has the right to injure a fellow pakistani. if you do commit violence in society you shall be removed from it.

    let others learn from this.Recommend

  • Romm
    Oct 8, 2015 - 12:46AM

    Historical Decision. Well Done Pakistan. Recommend

  • Chouette
    Oct 8, 2015 - 1:14AM

    great, great, great, great, great. I am so happy to hear this. I see some hope for the future. this is just wonderful. great, amazing, outstanding. Bravo supreme court. love ya for this!Recommend

  • Kharal
    Oct 8, 2015 - 1:47AM

    Why was Taseer made a governor and why did he insult others due to his wealth and status and did he have any right to make governor house his personal and party symbol?Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Oct 8, 2015 - 3:11AM

    Mirza Nazeer Akhtar counsel of Qadri said that other elite force personnel did not react.Now they should be charged for not showing their interest as if they were all conspiringRecommend

  • Mohammad
    Oct 8, 2015 - 5:28AM

    I can not understand as to why supporters of Qadri are upset with Supreme Court Decision.
    According to them he is a Ghaazi and will be heading directly to Janat. Why do they want his departure to Janat delayed. In fact they should go with him. Good opportunity for them.

    MR1970Recommend

  • Kate
    Oct 8, 2015 - 6:26AM

    May be there is hope for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Angel
    Oct 8, 2015 - 9:46AM

    He should be hanged with his counselRecommend

  • Farhan
    Oct 8, 2015 - 10:04AM

    I agree with Mohammad. By hanging Mumtaz Qadri, the court is granting his wish of making him a shaheed so why was his death sentence even appealed by him and his supporters. Isn’t shahadat way better than being a ghazi…after all that is what all Muslims aspire to.Recommend

  • faisal
    Oct 8, 2015 - 12:47PM

    @kharal. Governors are not elected. They are representatives of tge federal govt. Anyone can be chosen to be governor it os discretion. Salman taseer was highly educated and was the 4th largest tax payer in punjab. He contributed a lot to our economy by establishing businesses. He also struggled for ur rights during the zia era and was jailed repeatedly. He was a rare honest politician in the peoples party. He did noft use hos position to offend mor imsult. He just pointed oit defects and misuse of a law. Of someone took offence its becaise they did not want to understand.Recommend

  • jat
    Oct 8, 2015 - 9:49PM

    I am glad to read that 99.99% of the Pakistanis on this board are hailing the SC decision… long live pakistan… Recommend

  • zarshan tariq
    Oct 10, 2015 - 7:30AM

    I recall the day the news of Mr. Salman Taseer being murdered in Kohsar market came to me. I was in the Government Office siting late in Islamabad. The moment i shared this with my colleagues,instead of reacting to the news they told me it was destined to happen.They were some of the brightest and most educated people. I felt that this is the voice of masses.I soon realized the pakistani society is intolerant when it comes to religion and most of the people go with them. Mullah is the factor which is is residing in their minds. Supreme Court has given a decision that is not popular but i salute SC for this decision.Recommend

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