Pakistan

IHC rejects Mumtaz Qadri's plea against death sentence

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected Mumtaz Qadri’s appeal against his conviction in the murder case of then governor of Punjab Salman Taseer, ARY News reported.

A division bench comprising of IHC judges Justice Noor-ul-Haq N. Qureshi and Justice Shaukat Aziz, announcing verdict on Qadri’s plea, upheld the death penalty awarded to him under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had awarded death sentence to Qadri over the  killing of Salman Taseer outside an upmarket coffee shop in Islamabad in 2011.

Qadri had admitted shooting Taseer, saying he objected to the politician’s calls to reform the strict blasphemy laws which carry capital punishment.

Qadri had challenged his conviction by the ATC in the high court.

Chief Justice IHC Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman and Justice Mohammad Anwar had given stay order against Qadri’s death sentence.

It should be remembered that Pakistan had lifted moratorium on executions in terror cases in December after Taliban gunmen massacred 150 people, most of them students, at the Army Public School Peshawar.

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