In a secret operation, Pakistan on monday hanged Mumtaz Qadri, a police commando who gunned down Salman Taseer, then governor of Pakistani Punjab province in 2011
In a secret operation, Pakistan on monday hanged Mumtaz Qadri , a police commando who gunned down Salman Taseer, then governor of Pakistani Punjab province in 2011.
According to Pakistani officials, Mumtaz Qadri was hanged at 4:30 am in infamous Adiala jail situated in garrission city of Rawalpindi at a distance of a few kilometers from General headquarter of Pakistan’s military.
“Mumtaz Qadri has been executed this morning,” senior official of Adiala jail told reporters on Monday. Officials said his family were summoned to the prison on Sunday night under the pretext that Qadri was feeling unwell. Meeting lasted for several hours.
Authorities in Pakistan took five years to bring Salman’s murderer to justice. Qadri shot Taseer 28 times in broad daylight in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market on January 4, 2011. Months before his murder, Taseer had sparked anger among Pakistan’s religious conservatives by taking up the cause of Asia Bibi, a poor Christian woman who had been sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad. Qadri confessed before the court he killed Taseer over what he called Salman Taseer’s vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country.
On October 1, 2011, an Anti-terrorism court sentenced Qadri to death for assassinating Salman Taseer. On March 9, 2015, the Islamabad High Court upheld the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri, under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code. On December 13, 2015, Pakistan’s SC rejected a review petition against the death sentence. Earlier this year in February, his mercy appeal was rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain paving the way for his hanging.