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PST workers chanting pro-Mumtaz Qadri slogans outside SC arrested

ISLAMABAD: A number of protesters belonging to Pakistani Sunni Tehreek were arrested outside Supreme Court premises for chanting slogans in favour of Mumtaz Qadri, who killed former governor Punjab in a broad daylight, ARY News reported.

The law enforcers nabbed 55 PST workers for violating discipline under section-144 in the red zone.

The hearing was conducted in the apex court today in which the SC bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, gave another day to Qadri’s counsel to complete his arguments.

In his remarks, Justice Khosa said that criticism of the blasphemy law did not amount to blasphemy.

He also said the press clippings presented in court do not provide sufficient evidence to maintain that the former governor had committed blasphemy.

The hearing was adjourned till tomorrow.

In Oct 2011, an anti-terrorist court (ATC) in Rawalpindi had sentenced Qadri to death on two counts under section 302 PPC and 7 Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) for killing Taseer.

Qadri had confessed to shooting Taseer dead outside an upmarket coffee shop close to the latter’s residence in the capital on January 4, 2011.

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