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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday maintained the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri — the killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer — by an Anti Terrorism Court.

The Islamabad High Court's (IHC) March 9 verdict which had rejected Qadri's application against his death sentence under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) but accepted his application to void the Anti Terrorism Act's (ATA) Section 7,was overturned by the court.

Know more: Anti-Terrorism Act: Section 7

Headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the bench had taken up two appeals; one moved by Advocate Mian Nazir Akhtar on behalf of Mumtaz Qadri, and another moved by the federal government against the IHC verdict.

Read: SC debates ‘authority of individuals’ to punish blasphemers

A three-member bench of the apex court allowed the government application to re-include the terrorism charges against Qadri

The appeal filed by Mumtaz Qadri for a reduction in his sentence was dismissed by the court.

Qadri still has the right to submit a mercy appeal to the president.

During the course of court proceedings on the case, Qadri's counsel argued that the accused was a straightforward man who had a justification for killing the former governor, admitting that whatever he did was in accordance with the dictates of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), because he was convinced that the victim had committed blasphemy by calling the blasphemy law “a black law”.

“We have to look into whether the deceased (Salmaan Taseer) indeed committed the act of blasphemy or he commented adversely on the effects of the blasphemy law,” Justice Dost Mohammad Khan had observed.

Given the prevailing constitutional and legal setup, Justice Dost Mohammad observed, can the accused be given the right to judge on his own cause and commit murder in uniform of a person who was under his protection, especially when there is no evidence of him having committed blasphemy, save a few press clippings.

Read more: Why blasphemy remains unpardonable in Pakistan

These questions need to be focused upon, Justice Dost Mohammad emphasised adding that the impression he had gathered from reading the facts of the case was that the deceased governor was talking about the defects in the blasphemy law, which were sometimes misused for personal benefit.

Also read: The heavy burden of Rimsha

In any democratic government, the nation has the right to criticise any law made by the parliament because it was made by representatives of the people, Justice Khosa observed, and illustrated his argument with the example of the 21st amendment.

“Will it not instil fear in the society if everybody starts taking the law in their own hands and dealing with sensitive matters such as blasphemy on their own rather than going to the courts,” Justice Asif Saeed Khosa had later asked.

Quoting instances such as the lynching of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan, Justice Khosa had asked whether an individual has the right to act on his own in such matters without even first ascertaining the facts.

Also read: The untold story of Pakistan’s blasphemy law

Justice Dost Mohammad Khan also stressed the need of exercising restraint because blasphemy accusations were serious and prone to misuse. Allowing individuals to deal with such matters on their own is fraught with danger, especially in divided societies like ours, where even ulema are reluctant to offer prayers with members of other schools of thought, he observed.

Sunni Tehreek to file review petition

In a statement released today, Sunni Tehreek (ST) has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) in regards to the apex court's earlier decision to uphold the death penalty for Mumtaz Qadri under ATA laws.

"The death penalty awarded to Mumtaz Qadri is against Shariah and the Constitution of Pakistan," claimed the statement from ST.

The statement was issued by Naeem Raza, incharge of ST's media cell and quoted Muhammad Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, chief of ST.

Qadri, a former commando of Punjab police’s Elite Force, was sentenced to death by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in October 2011 for assassinating former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market. Qadri said he killed Taseer over the politician's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country.

He had confessed to shooting Taseer dead outside an upmarket coffee shop close to the latter's residence in Islamabad on Jan 4.

Following the sentencing, Qadri's counsels had challenged the ATC's decision through two applications the same month.

The first petition had demanded that Qadri's death sentence should be quashed and the second asked for Section 7 of the ATA to be declared void from the sentencing.

Irfan Haider contributed to the story.


Comments (225) Closed



Hashim Oct 07, 2015 01:45pm

Excellent news. Thank you Supreme Court.

Sleepless in Sahiwal Oct 07, 2015 01:45pm

Time to garland the judges!

Umer Oct 07, 2015 01:45pm

Best news of the day!!!

Anonymous Oct 07, 2015 01:46pm

God bless you Supreme Court! Thank you for restoring some faith in Pakistan.

Mediocre Pakistani Oct 07, 2015 01:46pm

Justice is served.

Abbas Ali Oct 07, 2015 01:46pm

Well done.

Comentary Oct 07, 2015 01:46pm

Public confidence on the Pak judicial system will sore to new heights after this decision.

SR Oct 07, 2015 01:48pm

Good JOB

Dr.Arshad Oct 07, 2015 01:50pm

A great decision that is destined to shape our future as a tolerant and democratic society.

Harmony-1 Oct 07, 2015 01:51pm

Great verdict!

jimmyali Oct 07, 2015 01:51pm

Amazing

riyyan Oct 07, 2015 01:52pm

Common sense prevailed in the end!

Tamed Oct 07, 2015 01:53pm

Finally- justice done. Well done Khosa. Prayers for his safety!

lovkush Oct 07, 2015 01:54pm

Justice done,congratulation Pakistan,

Hasan Sharif Manj Oct 07, 2015 01:54pm

Great triumph of liberal people who want to live in harmony.

Commander Oct 07, 2015 01:55pm

Hats off to the brave judges.. You make Pakistan proud..Shahbash!!!!

Onlooker (Sydney) Oct 07, 2015 01:55pm

Have faith in SC. Justice done.

Mehtab Oct 07, 2015 01:56pm

Well done. .....right decision. ...nobody is allowed to take the life of someone

stranger Oct 07, 2015 01:58pm

Quite expected verdict. Now the ball is in the court of the government as it is time to implement the verdict.

akram Oct 07, 2015 01:58pm

A case worthy of ten days has lingered on for years.. Justice delayed justice denied!

jawad Oct 07, 2015 01:59pm

Thank you Supreme court we still have hope in pakistan after hearing this wonderful news.

WASIM ARIF Oct 07, 2015 01:59pm

Hail the Supreme Court for upholding the truth.

SAA Oct 07, 2015 02:00pm

Justice served aftermath!

SFA Oct 07, 2015 02:00pm

Kudos to Justice Khosa and other judges. A brave, and certainly the right, decision. Nobody other than LEAs has the right to take law into their own hands, no matter what the cause or reason. Government should now provide fool-proof security to these judges. One sincerely wishes that Salman Taseer's kidnapped son is not made to suffer further.

AHA Oct 07, 2015 02:00pm

Yes this is the way. Judges must be protected.

Observer Oct 07, 2015 02:01pm

Great decision.

Vap Oct 07, 2015 02:01pm

SC be praised. Setting the record straight,.

Dr Ahmed Oct 07, 2015 02:05pm

Bravo supreme court

Saleh Oct 07, 2015 02:05pm

This shows courts can take right n courageous decisions. Pakistan moving in right direction.

Sleepless in Sahiwal Oct 07, 2015 02:05pm

Time to garland the judges!

Muzzammil Hussain Oct 07, 2015 02:06pm

good decision.

Akhtar Oct 07, 2015 02:06pm

There are too many misguided people. Religion gives no one the right to kill someone with differing opinions or faith. The right decision is made

Hasaan Oct 07, 2015 02:09pm

Thank you

jimmyali Oct 07, 2015 02:09pm

There are deficiencies in the law that needs to be addressed.

Tanweer Khan Oct 07, 2015 02:11pm

@zulfiqar Rana

well said

Kabeer Oct 07, 2015 02:13pm

Good decision

ishaq khan Oct 07, 2015 02:14pm

Better late than never finally justice is done

Mariam Zaheer Oct 07, 2015 02:15pm

faith restored in the judicial system!

Usman Oct 07, 2015 02:16pm

Justice prevailed!

shabbzz Oct 07, 2015 02:18pm

Great Job Supreme Court !!!

ahmad Oct 07, 2015 02:19pm

good to know

Asif Kashmiri Oct 07, 2015 02:20pm

Excellent decision -

Ali Oct 07, 2015 02:21pm

Good decision.

Hash Asif Oct 07, 2015 02:22pm

Historic decision by SC, Pakistan is changing.

Shaun Oct 07, 2015 02:25pm

Actually in some who law says he is right and wrong, so the judges will do what is in law. But this case it not clear in Pakistan LAW. I hope justice will be done regarding the law still pending to approve

Hemant Oct 07, 2015 02:28pm

Good, hope now we can get rid of this soon, and make his followers understand why court gave this sane decision..

Rizwan Oct 07, 2015 02:29pm

Well done at least the Law has prevailed in Pakistan

Azmeen Oct 07, 2015 02:29pm

Justice served.

Sabeeh Ahmad Oct 07, 2015 02:29pm

justice done

Mr.Happy Oct 07, 2015 02:32pm

Well done SC.

Qurratul Ain Oct 07, 2015 02:33pm

A decision without fear and favor must be hailed. Apex court's verdict will always be remembered and quoted in the judicial history. Honorable judges have done a great and bold job. Live long Supreme Court of Pakistan!

M. ASIF Oct 07, 2015 02:34pm

Great and bold judgenent. Would he executed or more appeals to save a murderer?

Naeem Sarwar Oct 07, 2015 02:34pm

Without and if buts, Great Decision, Sense prevailed!

Syed Hassan Naqvi Oct 07, 2015 02:36pm

Good job Supreme Court. I hope this verdict is the starting point of a new era in Pakistan. It will also go a long way in establishing credentials of apex court.

Javed rahman Oct 07, 2015 02:37pm

Pakistai court is doing a good job, delivering justice.

Justice Oct 07, 2015 02:37pm

But one should also know that who made(indoctrinated) Mumtaz Qadri a terrorist, his handlers also should be punished.

enu Oct 07, 2015 02:38pm

so happy!

Zohaib Oct 07, 2015 02:41pm

The judges need to be given fool proof security because the extremists will definitely target them to scare people

Abbas Ali Oct 07, 2015 02:41pm

Lets see if he is scheduled to be hanged, will the same troupe of 'liberals' who wanted him to be convicted will come for his defense against the death sentence which they are opposing for even hardened terrorists!!

Justice Oct 07, 2015 02:42pm

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, he should have been given 25 years of imprisonment rather than death penalty. Judgement should allow him to change him heart and a message to the society.

AM - Houston Oct 07, 2015 02:45pm

Thank you SC for using your common scene

Ali Oct 07, 2015 02:46pm

Great job Justice Khosa ....... justice prevails. This is a set towards us becoming a civilised society

Harmony-1 Oct 07, 2015 02:47pm

Great verdict!

pavan Oct 07, 2015 02:52pm

Moral of the story don't take law into your own hands when you are not given the responsibility to protect/use the law.

Tahir ahmad Oct 07, 2015 02:53pm

Good going Pakistan...way to go. Finally...

on looker Oct 07, 2015 02:54pm

A great deal of courage shown by the honorable bench! Pakistan, finally, is on right tracks!

JC Oct 07, 2015 02:55pm

More than anyone else, Qadri wanted this decision

Human Rights Activist Oct 07, 2015 02:55pm

He must not be executed. Death penalty must be abolished.

ali Oct 07, 2015 02:55pm

@Ali ....... great ..justice is finally done ....

Muhammed Ali Oct 07, 2015 02:56pm

Ignorant people like Qadri are brainwashed by others...

ali Oct 07, 2015 02:56pm

justice is finally done ....now his sympathizers should also be taken to task

Sher Ali Oct 07, 2015 02:57pm

Justice is served. The Mullah who incited the murder must also be prosecuted. No one should be allowed to take law in their hands

shehriyar Oct 07, 2015 02:57pm

three cheers for the judges!!! there is hope after all for this society.

Baba Oct 07, 2015 02:58pm

At last justice won

Rashid Ishaq Oct 07, 2015 02:58pm

@Abbas Ali Very interesting point you made

Kashmiri USA Oct 07, 2015 03:00pm

@Justice agree. Root cause not addressed. There are lot of Qadris roaming openly and indoctrinated by mullahs

Ashfaq Oct 07, 2015 03:02pm

Truly a decision that would definitely improve the overall image of Pakistani society and its justice system

Hasan Sharif Manj Oct 07, 2015 03:03pm

Great triumph of liberal people who want to live in harmony.

Mir Oct 07, 2015 03:04pm

Allahamdullilah

KARACHI WALA Oct 07, 2015 03:06pm

I congratulate the court

Pakistan Oct 07, 2015 03:06pm

Justice has prevailed. Now there is an urgent need for the SCBA and all HCBAs and Provincial Bar Associations to screen and punish all those Lawyers who showered flowers or rose petals on Qadri.

Saqibtahir Oct 07, 2015 03:08pm

Today's decision smells like the drop of rain in a dry desert.

Shah Oct 07, 2015 03:10pm

@Hemant

Law is very clear...

Mudasar Oct 07, 2015 03:11pm

Good decision.

Guest65 Oct 07, 2015 03:12pm

Bravo CJP/SCP ,

ehsan Oct 07, 2015 03:12pm

Well done. Now lets hope they carry out the sentence quickly as well.

Hamid Qambrani Oct 07, 2015 03:21pm

Good decision by the SC. May the justice prevails!

Samira Khan Oct 07, 2015 03:28pm

@JC his wish is fulfilled soon and soon justice will be served!!!

A. A. Oct 07, 2015 03:29pm

Excellent -

wadata Oct 07, 2015 03:33pm

Justice done

mir aftab Oct 07, 2015 03:34pm

It is an extra ordinary act of standing out to provide plain justice not so obtainable in current times, and the apex court judges' observations are well written. We hope other judges would follow.

abc Oct 07, 2015 03:36pm

As expected from judges to decide without any fear and bias. Good decision and appreciate it. Such decisions are heroic.

Indian Oct 07, 2015 03:38pm

Huge huge huge respect to Pakistan court. We need same iron hand for fanatics . Salute from India

AKB Oct 07, 2015 03:42pm

A land mark decision by the Judges of SC of Pakistan. Well done judges for having served justice and every Pakistani who out rightly condemned this crime.

TANVIR Oct 07, 2015 03:42pm

feel proud to be a Pakistani after this verdict. the judges are brave and honest.

Parvez Oct 07, 2015 03:44pm

This is a good sign.....justice has been done......now it must be seen that it is done. The worrying aspect during this whole episode was the perception that developed in the minds of most that justice would not be done....... now hopefully that has been put to rest.

Hasan Oct 07, 2015 03:51pm

This time 12 months ago I would have had very little belief that something like this could happen. It's a tribute to how our beloved country is changing for the better.

Great job Apex Court.

Hasan

Hashim Oct 07, 2015 03:51pm

Bitter sweet feelings. Happy over SC decision but how sad that a brave & fearless man had to lay his life to prove that Qadri mindset is wrong. RIP Governor.

Salman Tarik Kureshi Oct 07, 2015 03:55pm

@Justice. The point is that justice has finally been done in this case and the maximum penalty under the nation's law has been awarded/ upheld.

Syed zafar Kazmi Oct 07, 2015 03:57pm

Justice does reign supreme so has proved the supreme court of Pakistan.

Ali Oct 07, 2015 03:58pm

Love you Khosa!

Muhammed Ali Oct 07, 2015 04:03pm

Almost very single muslim poster on here is saying that this is a good outcome....

Farooq Mughal Oct 07, 2015 04:04pm

Great, salute to the judges,

Muzaffar Ali Oct 07, 2015 04:07pm

False accusers must be severely punished.....then no one dare accuse another of blasphemy!

This is Justice!

Zafar Oct 07, 2015 04:07pm

@zulfiqar Rana 1000% agreed

Syed zafar Kazmi U.S.A Oct 07, 2015 04:08pm

@SIDDIQUI Yes, that is critically important. He should now be awarded a plea bargain, reducing his sentence to life with rigorous imprisonment, if he offers to provide names of his cohorts with concrete evidence. I wonder if plea bargain is something now feasible at this stage.

Citizen of Karachi Oct 07, 2015 04:10pm

This is perhaps the first time in many, many years that 99% of the comments on a major news story are in consonance with each other. There is no attempt at rationalising a wrong through specious arguments. For once, the nation reverberates in unison. Bravo!

Muzaffar Ali Oct 07, 2015 04:11pm

@Ali You mean to say Justice Khosa....

abbas Oct 07, 2015 04:16pm

GREAT DECISION

Waseem Oct 07, 2015 04:19pm

Thank you, Supreme Court of Pakistan.

faisal ishaq Oct 07, 2015 04:21pm

Thanks you sir, we salute you and appreciate your honesty and courage.

Laeeq,NY Oct 07, 2015 04:23pm

Well done our honorable justices. This is the true justice

adnan Oct 07, 2015 04:23pm

poor weak corrupt PPP govt. should have done it in few days immediately....

Jamal Oct 07, 2015 04:26pm

Would the West and Human Rights ask to repeal his execution

Shahani Oct 07, 2015 04:27pm

Thank you judges for not fearing and taking side of law!

IaM Oct 07, 2015 04:32pm

@JC yeah thats why he had filed the appeal and also will file a mercy application to the president i am sure becouse he wanted this.

Wiq Oct 07, 2015 04:36pm

SC does a great job-Explaining the obvious. The same reasoning applies against individuals, agencies and saviors taking the law into their hand.

Haider Oct 07, 2015 04:37pm

SC has proved that its indeed a sensible organ of the state.

Tooori Oct 07, 2015 04:37pm

As he was the personal guard of Salman Taseer therefore he had the duty to protect him

Dr. Aman Oct 07, 2015 04:37pm

Well done Justice Khosa. Justice prevailed

Syed zafar Kazmi U.S.A Oct 07, 2015 04:41pm

The court has spoken with candor and courage and justice has been effectively served.

Pakistani Oct 07, 2015 04:42pm

Good decision by SC.

ketchup fire Oct 07, 2015 04:45pm

yess...! A good decision and news... bravo to S.c judges

jb Oct 07, 2015 04:49pm

Good riddance.

Samar Oct 07, 2015 04:50pm

Great News

Very Good decision by judges.

Atta ullah Babur Oct 07, 2015 04:50pm

Thank God that Common Sense prevailed!

Thoughtful Pakistani Oct 07, 2015 04:54pm

Great News! Finally some common sense has prevailed. Still the situation in our country is so bad that even the judges need tight security after giving a right verdict. That shows how poor the state of affairs is in our country.

yuvraj Oct 07, 2015 04:56pm

Every comment here is in support of SC decision.

Farooq Ali Oct 07, 2015 04:56pm

A great judgment

Zain Oct 07, 2015 04:59pm

The judges and the lawyers against this terrorists should be provided round the clock security as their l8ves are in danger.

Adnan Siddiqui Oct 07, 2015 05:00pm

Good Job SC ... Thank You !

clement Oct 07, 2015 05:01pm

Finally, It seems some sense is prevailing in Pakistani justice system.

gerry dcunha Oct 07, 2015 05:03pm

hats off to the Hon judges for their fair judgement

Bishan Oct 07, 2015 05:04pm

The judgement in the Qadri casse, and comments in this trail, show up Pakistan in a very positive light,

Goga Nalaik Oct 07, 2015 05:04pm

A bright new day for Pakistan...

Sanjay Oct 07, 2015 05:07pm

Wow..there is still some hope.This will help change Pakistan's image.

Usman Oct 07, 2015 05:10pm

A very brave decision as well ... Pakistan is changing!

Huda Oct 07, 2015 05:12pm

Thank you SC! Finally, sanity prevails!

Faith Oct 07, 2015 05:14pm

Yes indeed its a good news justice served....way to go SC

AK Oct 07, 2015 05:17pm

Justice has prevaled

AXH Oct 07, 2015 05:17pm

Well done judges. Please keep up the speedy and just processing.

s chaudhury Oct 07, 2015 05:21pm

Very fair judgement. Well done court

Faisal Oct 07, 2015 05:22pm

Thank you Justice Khosa.

Awais Oct 07, 2015 05:25pm

Good Job SC, It give some hope in Judicial system of Pakistan.

Rizwan Oct 07, 2015 05:46pm

Right decision in the right direction. The judges took right decision under a difficult circumstances.

JS Oct 07, 2015 05:48pm

Verdict needs prompt implementation.

Mumtaz Baig Oct 07, 2015 05:48pm

This is a first step taken towards a better future.

Haroon Rashid Khan Oct 07, 2015 05:50pm

Some trust in the courts will now be restored. Otherwise people were only looking to the military courts for Justice. People who are filing review petitions now will know that the people of this country will not tolerate terrorism in any case any more.

Saad Oct 07, 2015 05:58pm

These judges should provided a high level is security immediately.

kkk Oct 07, 2015 06:01pm

it shows that we should not leave hope and there is always some one stood with Ray of light in the darkest hour . hats off to judge for this bold decision.

Tariq Oct 07, 2015 06:07pm

Good News, Hang the culprit at the earliest.

Nabila Bhatti Oct 07, 2015 06:13pm

Great decision

bahad baloch Oct 07, 2015 06:25pm

historical decision in the history of Pakistan judiciary. who are supporting a criminal should also be punished .

Muhammad Oct 07, 2015 06:34pm

Any individual or any party who criticize this decision and incite innocent people to agitate must also be treated as partners in crime and should be sent to the gallows with this murderer

Agha Ata Oct 07, 2015 06:39pm

Let religion not cut you off from realities.

Akram Oct 07, 2015 06:40pm

Thank Zarb-e-Azb for this courage in our judges. . So in a way, Gen Raheel is to be thanked for this.

M2M Oct 07, 2015 06:41pm

It should be propagated loud and clear that no individual has the right/authority to kill or harm any other individual based on individual's notion or judgement. Nation should work on to amend the laws that do not coincide with the democratic values of the society. We need to elect people with some sort of intellect who could understand the pros and cons of any legislation and its applicability.

Agha Bakhtiar Oct 07, 2015 06:46pm

Right decision of the apex court

Muslim Oct 07, 2015 07:02pm

Brave decision well done

Masood Hussain Oct 07, 2015 07:04pm

Thank God S.C upheld the original judgement of ATC.

Rana Ali Oct 07, 2015 07:08pm

Great news.. as a student of Law.. i salute the judges for dispensing justice and not bowing to extremist lobby!

Attorney Tausif Kamal Oct 07, 2015 07:08pm

A great day for rule of law in Pakistan. A courageous decision by our SC. All proud of our SC.

Kaka Oct 07, 2015 07:10pm

This decision has made Pakistan stronger and will paves the way to civilized Pakistan, rather than supporting the extremism and tribalism.

Hats off, salute to judges.

Muhammad Irfan Oct 07, 2015 07:22pm

A great decision by the SC...!!

ahsan Oct 07, 2015 07:24pm

great news, Hail the supreme court and its brave and courageous judges. Salute and respect

Mudasir Oct 07, 2015 07:37pm

Great decision.

Khan Oct 07, 2015 07:44pm

Good decision but government should now protect these judges to show its resolve and preparedness against terrorism

innocent Oct 07, 2015 07:45pm

@ahsan

Judges have to be brave and courageous and also impartial.

Sacred Oct 07, 2015 07:57pm

A welcome decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

sarwar, USA Oct 07, 2015 07:58pm

Well done SC.

Mustafa Oct 07, 2015 07:59pm

Hats off to courageous judges and the courageous Pakistan Army. It is the courage and sacrifices of our soldiers that created the environment in which such decisions can be taken.

abp Oct 07, 2015 07:59pm

Long Live Supreme Court - Never too late....

sskhan Oct 07, 2015 08:01pm

the turning point.

Javed I. Kaiser Oct 07, 2015 08:05pm

Salute to Supreme court . what a great and brave decision

Abid Oct 07, 2015 08:13pm

It would have been better for Pakistan to discuss this law from every angle , to make it error free , else where this law can't be discussed even .

prateek Oct 07, 2015 08:17pm

Quadri is just a pawn. Masterminds are still roaming free.

javed iqbal Oct 07, 2015 08:24pm

Salute to Supreme Court. What a great and brave decision

KD (India) Oct 07, 2015 08:26pm

Kudos ! That's a wonderful start. Best wishes for Naya Pakistan.

kamal Oct 07, 2015 08:31pm

Great news.

Munir Pervaiz Oct 07, 2015 08:33pm

Values of true jutice and law still matter in Pakistan.

sindhu Oct 07, 2015 08:39pm

Sanity prevails!

sbk Oct 07, 2015 08:45pm

I find greatest unity in the comments made here. This unity is maintained by all the people of Pakistan,

zunny Oct 07, 2015 09:22pm

great

Pakistani Oct 07, 2015 09:27pm

@Pakistan Correct !

Mustafa Oct 07, 2015 09:34pm

Nobody is above the law.

Any protest in favour of this murderer should be dealt with strong force.

Free Pakistan from all criminals (on all levels). This is a country for peace loving, law-abiding, and respectful people. If you cannot learn to live and let live, you can leave or face the music when you cross the line and break the law.

Pakistan Zindabad.

Mumtaz Baig Oct 07, 2015 09:46pm

All those mullahs who helped Qadri to Kill Salman Taseer should now be trialed separately and must be punished accordingly.

Muzaffar Ali Oct 07, 2015 10:17pm

Governor Salman Taseer lives!

He lives in our heart for fighting for the weak and poor!

May God Bless him!

Liaquat Syed Oct 07, 2015 10:34pm

Great ! If Judges are making decisions in this country without any fear, no body can damage this country and this nation, period.

Tahir Younus Oct 07, 2015 10:39pm

Feeling relieved, safe and satisfied. Hope sensibility will gain some ground in Pakistan now.

Muzaffar Ali Oct 07, 2015 10:49pm

Just countries proper....it is The Law of Nature

Changez_Khan Oct 07, 2015 11:01pm

Kudos to Pakistan SC, the terrorist is a terrorist and must be punished, there is no exception so he must pay for his crime and that is death.

Riz Oct 07, 2015 11:03pm

Great decision and clear cut message to his supporters. Crime has no justification and criminal should be punished.

Syed Meerza Oct 07, 2015 11:39pm

Mr. Sarwat Ejaz Qadri is embarking upon a wrong cause having chosen to defend a Murderer who had taken the law in his own hand and committed a murder in cold blood. Sarwat Qadri should have praised the Judges of supreme court for the daring decision. I think the Govt. is well advised to provide complete security to the Judges. Otherwise these fanatics, the likes of Sarwat Qadri, will definitely try to harm the Judges if they get a chance to do so.

M Jamal Oct 07, 2015 11:50pm

Thanks SC judges.You have proved that no one is above the law.The comments and opinion of the general public is 100% endorsing the judgement.Pakistan is changing and coming out of bad dream.

SYED HASSAN HASEEB Oct 08, 2015 12:16am

what about the other policeman on duty with him . they should be punished plus the man who was incharge of duty roster why he put him with governer on duty

Abdul Muqtadir Oct 08, 2015 12:19am

Simply Excellent, and courageous- despite the religions fanaticism. Thank you Judges for standing for the right decision.

Javed Arshad Oct 08, 2015 12:30am

Implement the verdict in a speedy manner to deliver the message loud and clear.

DR.Rathore Oct 08, 2015 12:44am

i salute to supreme court of Pakistan

TARI Oct 08, 2015 12:48am

At last sense and rule of law pevailed. Keep it up.

Chouette Oct 08, 2015 01:06am

I am so happy to hear this. great great great news. may be finally the country is coming back to its senses. great great great love it. so happy.

Adnan Oct 08, 2015 01:07am

love u SC

Mohammed Rizvi Oct 08, 2015 01:54am

Being in the position where you call yourselves Muslims, means by default, you have a heavy responsibility on your shoulders. It entails standing up for tolerance, peace & love. It means you're going to have to be patient in the face of major upheaval, and you might very well be alone however, showing compassion & courage to take a stand and representing those that come from an underprivileged background, those who exist as part of a minority group and those whose status has been weakened by a hyper-nationalist, conservative mindset, that is what a true Muslim ought to aspire to be and inspire others to take his or her place in that mighty resolve. Learn from your Prophets. In it's simplest form, that is the duty of every human being.

Mumtaz Qadri and those terrorists behind him better realize something. This Supreme court decision is a defeat for that lot of fools and their time is up, time to pack up your stuff and get the hell out of this country. You will not harm non-Muslims in this country. You will protect them. You will treat them like your brothers and your sisters. If you believe you're a Muslim, try to have some self-respect and act like one.

Anees Oct 08, 2015 01:57am

Long live the Justice

Asim Oct 08, 2015 02:04am

Well done SC.

Dr Rashid Oct 08, 2015 03:00am

Finally, some good news coming from Pakistan. Dair aayad durust aayad!! Mullaism, theocracy, bigotry and intolerance should have no place in the modern world!!

Daanish Oct 08, 2015 03:17am

We are proud of our SC Honorable judges for an excellent judgment, and upholding the rule of law.

Nasiroski Oct 08, 2015 04:20am

Not that justice is served but also opens up the debate on the flawed law of Blasphemy.

Patriot Oct 08, 2015 04:27am

Hats off to the brave judges to uphold the law. The army court should also try and punish killer Qadri's supporters and instigating mullahs. It is time to get rid of extremists. We need to take back Qaid e Azam's Pakistan from the clutches of fanatics who were against the very creation of Pakistan.

Wasim Khan Oct 08, 2015 04:32am

Wonder who will be history judge as the 'shaheed', Qadri or Taseer?

Syed Mohammad Husain Oct 08, 2015 04:40am

This man whose job was to protect the governor, shot him dead on the instigation of somebody. He should under no cost be allowed to get away and should pay the penalty if the charge has been upheld by the highest court in the land. Failing this, he should face the law under the newly constituted military courts for terrorism.

irfan Oct 08, 2015 05:47am

for once common sense and Islam has prevailed in pakistan!!!

Azhar Oct 08, 2015 05:49am

Supreme court decision is a landmark decision.

Pakistani Oct 08, 2015 06:05am

Thank you Supreme Court!

Hari Har Oct 08, 2015 06:39am

Their Honours Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa's landmark observations in your news item set an enlightening precedent for Supreme Courts of India and Bangladesh. Equality before law remains fudamental to administration of Justice in all countries of the subcontinent. The ends of Justice are well served in this judgment.

javed Oct 08, 2015 07:08am

Good news

khan Oct 08, 2015 07:38am

no one is above the law! Let the Laws prevail and justice be done.

Zubaida khan Oct 08, 2015 08:06am

@Justice an eye for an eye has been around for over 30 centuries. Since most of the world has vision it must be you who is blind to the truth.

Kamran Oct 08, 2015 08:13am

This black law of blasphemy must be abolished. There nowhere in Islam to kill a person on such grounds. If by blasphamy on becomes murtid and therefore has to be killed then why any non muslim would be killed because of blasphamy? A non muslim can never be murtid. In fact, this law is anti-Islam and has to be abolished immediately.

fazela Oct 08, 2015 08:22am

Great and hopefully historic

rehan Oct 08, 2015 09:25am

Great news . Terrorists have no human rights and I am glad to see we are finally realizing that.

Qasim Rajput Oct 08, 2015 10:14am

Hats off to judges and pray for those who became the victims of religious bigotry.

Ali Oct 08, 2015 04:27pm

No its not great decision of SC

Reality Bites Oct 08, 2015 05:18pm

Step in the right direction.

adv.Rashid.mir Oct 08, 2015 05:36pm

justice not only be done it seems to be shifted to be done it's great and brave decision of supreme court.

Barry Richard Oct 09, 2015 01:24pm

At least we can raise our head in dignity and without any shame in front of people of Bangladesh,India Sri lanka because our supreme court is as solid and strong and unbiased as their.