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Mumtaz Qadri

Mumtaz Qadri, better known as Mumtaz Qadri, was the assassin of Salmaan Taseer, Governor of Punjab. Qadri was a commando of the Elite Police and, at the time of the assassination, a member of the squad of personal bodyguards assigned to protect Salmaan Taseer.

Taseer’s murder and conviction

On the evening of 4 January 2011 Governor Taseer was at Kohsar Market in Islamabad. Qadri, who was there in the capacity of Taseer’s bodyguard, shot Taseer 28 times and killed him. He surrendered immediately after the shooting and was arrested. According to Qadri, he killed the governor for his support of Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death for insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and for speaking against the blasphemy law in Pakistan.