Pakistan executes Mumtaz Qadri, murder of Salman Taseer



    Pakistan executes Mumtaz Qadri, murder of Salman Taseer

    Feb 29, Islamabad: Pakistan has executed the former police bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri, who shot dead Punjab's governor over his opposition to blasphemy laws.

    According to the officials, Qadri shot dead Salman Taseer in Islamabad in 2011, a high profile murder that shocked the country.

    He shot the politician in broad daylight at an Islamabad market in January. He was sentenced to death later that year.

    But Qadri was hailed as a hero by some Islamist groups and thousands of hardline activists protested to show their support for Qadri at the time, reports said.

    Qadri was executed at 04:35 local time at Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, officials said. It was just hours afterwards, angry supporters took to the streets to denounce the execution.

    A heavy police presence, including riot police, in the area around Qadri's home in Islamabad, AFP news reports said.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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