Day after historic SC ruling, #IamMumtazQadri trends in Pakistan

Published: October 8, 2015
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Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the death sentence of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s killer, Mumtaz Qadri, has reignited a debate on one of the most controversial topics in Pakistan — blasphemy.

During the hearing, the country’s top court questioned whether individuals had the right to punish ‘blasphemers’ and also observed that criticising the blasphemy law did not amount to blasphemy.

Unsurprisingly, the hashtag #IamMumtazQadri started trending in Pakistan a day after the ruling. Surprisingly, the Supreme Court’s ruling seems to have shifted opinion and sparked a larger debate over the controversial issue.

Read: SC upholds death sentence for Salmaan Taseer’s killer

Many Pakistanis used the hashtag to tweet in support of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Qadri’s death penalty.

Read: SC questions whether individuals have authority to punish blasphemers

However, there were many many who were still showering Qadri with metaphorical rose petals on Twitter despite the Supreme Court’s historic decision.

On the other hand, some were simply dumbfounded that the hashtag was trending.

Qadri shot dead the former Punjab governor outside a cafe after lunch in Islamabad in January 2011 because he objected to Taseer’s calls to reform the blasphemy law.

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  • abdullah k
    Oct 8, 2015 - 6:39PM

    Justice will only be served when he will be hanged till death.no mercy for such people.They ahould all b eliminayed for a better and prosperous pakistan.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Oct 8, 2015 - 8:02PM

    Ghazi Mumtaz Qadri is a hero and will remain hero forever. No matter how much propaganda these secular n atheists type people do, these wannabes can’t impose their beliefs in the country which was only came into existence on the name of Islam.

    iammumtazqadriRecommend

  • Bewildered
    Oct 8, 2015 - 9:38PM

    @Raisani:

    “iammumtazqadri”

    Like Mumtaz Qadri, Modi also believes in killing the people he doesn’t like. No wonder if you support Modi too.Recommend

  • Pakistaniat
    Oct 8, 2015 - 9:45PM

    Why is he appealing for mercy if he is so proud of what he has done?Recommend

  • Anon
    Oct 8, 2015 - 9:59PM

    @Raisani:

    To Raisani and others like him, I am a staunch Muslim and neither a supporter of secularism nor atheism but I can never and will never support someone like Mumtaz Qadri. He’s a murderer and a criminal who took the law and interpretation of religion into his own hands. To top it off, he killed someone who couldn’t even defend himself at that time and now he’s too afraid to take a bullet himself. That also makes him a coward and a munafiq (hypocrite), not a ghazi.

    I bet people like you also support terrorists like AQ and the Taliban. After all, to them we’re just apostates and blasphemers who need to be subdued or wiped out so that they can establish their own writ. So, going by you logic, what they’ve done so far, especially what they did in Peshawar, is correct as well? Ponder over that. Oh, and for you sake, I surely hope that you’re not thinking that way.Recommend

  • xenia
    Oct 8, 2015 - 11:50PM

    @Raisani:
    We need to have leader like Stalin to deal with people like you. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Oct 9, 2015 - 12:26AM

    This is the reality of Punjabistan.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Oct 9, 2015 - 1:04AM

    I am Mumtaz Qadri because I am a murderer. Recommend

  • Paa Ji
    Oct 9, 2015 - 1:47AM

    Those who are texting ‘Iammumtazqadri’ are brainwashed people like this murderer and have brought this country to it’s knees and still haven’t learned any lessons. Pathetic they are!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Oct 9, 2015 - 1:48AM

    The world is waking up to the double standards of Muslims. They want secularism when in minority, but sharia when in majority. Other religions won’t keep quiet for long.Recommend

  • Oct 9, 2015 - 4:06AM

    And just when I thought Pakistan was becoming more humane, murderer sympathizers arose.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Oct 9, 2015 - 5:21AM

    @Raisani:
    You are not a Musalman.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Oct 9, 2015 - 5:26AM

    Intelligence Agencies should mark all the supporters and then investigate each person because this is from where terrorism originates. If you don’t hit at the root you will not end this menace. This is a God given oppertunity to trace and trap be it he or she especially the Lawyers involved.Recommend

  • Aaliya Briggs
    Oct 9, 2015 - 5:52AM

    If you really thought you were in the right when you killed Salmaan Taseer, then you shouldn’t be afraid to die for the “cause”. Why the fear, and the plea bargaining then Mr. Qadri? Afraid of facing Allah after killing someone He gave life to? What a hypocrite you are.Recommend

  • fact is fact
    Oct 9, 2015 - 7:50AM

    Shame and irony of a nation whi still thinks the other way around as always #IamNotMumtazQadri pleaseRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 9, 2015 - 12:47PM

    @ajeet:
    Don’t have the right to dictate when you have extremists in your government… yes I am taking about shiv sena… RS. Recommend

  • Naveed Iqbal
    Oct 10, 2015 - 12:58AM

    A clear sign that people will never be afraid of killing someone. If mumtaz qadri is escaped, people will get a license to kill other people, it clearly shows people have no respect for law and can kill anyone.
    This time people are oppressing the law and legal action, it must never happen and mumtaz qadri must get punished for what he has done and what he has caused in the society, if he is not punished, the consequences are already in debate.
    ‪#‎IamsalmanTaseer‬Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Mar 1, 2016 - 9:21PM

    @Naveed Iqbal:
    People have lost their EMANRecommend

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