Pakistan

Qadri threatens to commit suicide over jail meeting arrangement

RAWALPINDI: Mumtaz Qadri, who was awarded death sentence for the murder of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, has threatened jail authorities to commit suicide if not allowed to meet his family in a separate room as per previous routine.

Supreme Court of Pakistan upheld Qadri’s death sentence and he was kept in Rawalpindi’s Adiyala jail.

When Qadri’s relatives went to meet him at the jail recently, they were allowed to meet the convict through an iron fence due to security reasons, reports said. Qadri protested against the move and threatened to commit suicide if he was not allowed to meet his family in a separate room, a jail official said.

After Qadri’s suicide threat, the jail authorities allowed him to meet his family in a separate room.

A bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa rejected an appeal seeking to revoke Qadri’s death penalty.

Qadri, a former police guard, who was entrusted security of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer,  had shot him dead  on January 4, 2011 outside his residence in Islamabad.

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