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Taseer's killer Mumtaz Qadri hanged

Updated Mar 01, 2016 10:38am


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RAWALPINDI: Mumtaz Qadri, an Elite Force commando convicted of killing former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was executed at the Adiala Jail at around 4.30am on Monday, police said.

Qadri shot Taseer 28 times in broad daylight in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market on January 4, 2011. He was sentenced to death for assassinating Taseer on Oct 1 the same year.

Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Salman Taseer.—Reuters/File Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Salman Taseer.—Reuters/File

Qadri said he killed Taseer over what he called the politician's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country.

His mercy appeal was rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain.

“I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adialia jail early Monday morning," senior local police official Sajjid Gondal told AFP.

A prison official confirmed the execution of Qadri.

Related: Qadri confesses killing Taseer, says he acted alone

Cries were heard from inside Qadri's house as hundreds of men and women gathered, and mosques could be heard broadcasting news of the execution, an AFP reporter there said.

“I have no regrets,” Qadri's brother Malik Abid told AFP, tears rolling down his cheeks.

He said the family had been called to the prison Sunday evening by officials who said Qadri was unwell.

But when they arrived, he greeted them with the news that authorities had deceived them, and that his execution was imminent.

“We started crying, but he hugged us,” Abid said.

Two weeks after Taseer was killed, the only Christian minister in the federal cabinet, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down in Islamabad. He too was a critic of the blasphemy laws.

In August 2011, Taseer's son was kidnapped from his car in Lahore. Shahbaz Taseer’s wherabouts remain untraced.

Strict security measures were taken in wake of Qadri's execution.—DawnNews Strict security measures were taken in wake of Qadri's execution.—DawnNews

Strict security measures were taken within the jail premises and a heavy contingent of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) personnel were deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

All routes leading to the Adiala Jail were sealed. LEAs personnel were also deployed across the city in view of agitation and protests.

The body of Mumtaz Qadri was handed over to his family members and was moved from the jail under tight security cover.

Qadri's last meeting with his family was arranged late on Sunday night.

Qadri's sentencing and appeals

An anti-terrorism court here sentenced Qadri to death on two counts for murder and terrorism in Oct, 2011.

In a 40-page statement submitted to the court, Qadri said at the time Taseer’s statements in support of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, had provoked him to kill the governor.

Profile: Salman Taseer

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in October last year maintained the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri by an Anti Terrorism Court, overturning Islamabad High Court's (IHC) March 9 verdict, which had dismissed Qadri's appeal against his death sentence under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) but accepted his plea to void the Anti Terrorism Act's (ATA) Section 7.

The government had approached the apex court for including the terrorism charges as a second offence in the punishment.

The court warned at the time that in Islam a false accusation can be as serious as the blasphemy itself, and that calls for blasphemy law reform “ought not to be mistaken as a call for doing away with that law”.

The Supreme Court dismissed Qadri's review petition against his death sentence in December last year, with the judge heading the bench observing that the petition could neither establish errors floating in the judgment nor blasphemy cha­rges against the former governor.

The trial and appeals process in Taseer murder case lasted four years.

Governor Taseer’s killing was the most high-profile political assassination since former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was murdered in a gun-and-suicide attack on a Rawalpindi election rally in Dec 2007.

Reaction to hanging

Protests were recorded in most major towns of the country against Qadri's execution, with busy routes including the Islamabad Express Highway, Islamabad-Lahore Motorway (M- 2) and GT Road partially or fully blocked due to demonstrations.

Demonstrations were reported from several areas in twin cities.—DawnNews Demonstrations were reported from several areas in twin cities.—DawnNews

Dozens of Rangers and police in riot gear as well as ambulances were stationed outside Qadri's home in Rawalpindi early Monday, an AFP reporter there said.

Metro bus service in Islamabad was also suspended as protestors occupied the bus track.

The Islamabad Bar Council made a strike call in protest against the hanging.

Traffic disruption due to protests was reported from some Karachi areas, with Malir 15 flyover, National Highway Karachi and Hub River road leading to Balochistan blocked.

Protesters torched tyres against Qadri's hanging in Hyderabad.

Shops and business centres were shut in a town in Nindo Shaher, a town in Sindh's Badin district on a call of different religious parties to lodge protest against Qadri's hanging. Strict security measures have been made in all towns of the district.

The proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) carried out a protest demonstration and chanted anti-government slogans in Muzaffarabad against Qadri's execution.

Meanwhile, as two journalists were travelling to Karachi's Malir area to cover a protest there, the protesters pulled the cameraman out of the car and beat him up. They also damaged the camera and the vehicle.

With additional reporting by Haseeb Bhatti, Abrar Haider, Malik Asad and Hanif Samoon.


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Raghunandan Feb 29, 2016 05:46am

It is a high time to abolish death penalty

HS Sran Feb 29, 2016 05:47am

Now it seems Pk has some guts to control these terrorists.

Raghunandan Feb 29, 2016 05:48am

It is high time to abolish death penalty.

M. Emad Feb 29, 2016 05:51am

Pakistan should stop capital punishment.

Mrs. Phannay Khan Feb 29, 2016 05:51am

Justice finally. This was the test case for the government and its commitment to not differentiate between any type of criminals. More power and courage to you

Larkanavi Feb 29, 2016 05:54am

This was really necessary in order to avoid the law of jungle in this country. Some people will not like it but those who think rationally will understand that it was in the best interest of the country and in line with Islamic teachings.

Imad Qureshi Feb 29, 2016 06:04am

I am not someone who celebrates some ones death but today I'll make an exception. Justice is served. Pakistan apparently moving on the right track.

Ghaznavi Feb 29, 2016 06:04am

This closes an unfortunate chapter of our history

A Southerner Feb 29, 2016 06:08am

Brace yourself Pakistan! This may bring a wave of violence and protests.

Ahmad Feb 29, 2016 06:09am

Took over 5 years for legal system to get to this..

Ayaz Feb 29, 2016 06:09am

Justice served although it was somewhat late. Hope this serve as a message to other like Qadari.

Ahmed Feb 29, 2016 06:12am

Justice delayed but not denied! Good for Pakistan. Today the state acted to preserve "the right to life" ... A right that is the responsibility of the state.

cheebz Feb 29, 2016 06:13am

Establishment means business!

KPK Feb 29, 2016 06:14am

About time! I'm sorry for being rude but why did it take so long?

Chouette Feb 29, 2016 06:15am

at last justice prevailed. a good lesson to those who commit cold blooded murders in the name of Islam

Shah, Canada Feb 29, 2016 06:16am

No place for terrorists in Pakistan. Justice served. Pakistan Zindabad.

Azhar jamil Feb 29, 2016 06:17am

A very bold initiative by the government.

Pakistani Feb 29, 2016 06:18am


Ismaeel Feb 29, 2016 06:25am

What a day!! 29th February...

Misbah Feb 29, 2016 06:29am

As Mumtaz Qadri has openly confessed the killing, his execution is purely according to our Islamic law i.e. "Jaan ke badle jaan". Those guys supporting Qadri, please listen; Once there was an old lady who used to throw garbage on our Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) daily. One day that lady didn't threw garbage on Him so He went to her home to ask about her health." This is what Islam is.

AdHawk Feb 29, 2016 06:33am

Much as I abhorred Qadri, his actions and everything he stood for, as a liberal progressive I simply cannot condone the death penalty.

ASAD IQBAL Feb 29, 2016 06:52am

I can really smell vibrant successful Pakistan.

Akbar Feb 29, 2016 06:57am

I hope there are no violence

Saad Tariq Feb 29, 2016 06:58am

finally! justice has been served!

Kalashnikov Feb 29, 2016 06:59am

My respect for Pakistan judiciary is growing . Courageous decision and sends the right signal .Keep up the good work.

Arshad Feb 29, 2016 07:04am

The process takes at least this much time, some death row inmates in many countries are sitting in jail after 30 years ( check the USA cases) .

Now at least his family and many friends could not say the process was completed in a hurry and he did not get a fair trail.

A great decision by the Govt.

M. Emad Feb 29, 2016 07:08am

Stop Capital punishment in Pakistan.

Ayub Feb 29, 2016 07:24am

He was an individual who ultimately met his fate. We need to rid out the society from those elements who misguide the innocent people through narrow interpretation of holy scripture, and prepare young people for such acts.

Bilal ahmed Feb 29, 2016 07:30am

we have people who showered him with petals, what a shame it was to treat him that way.. taseer family has gone through with such humiliation, we can't even imagine.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Feb 29, 2016 07:39am

I strongly oppose death penalty. Qadri should have been punished for life but not killed.

Zahid Feb 29, 2016 07:40am

@Azhar jamil By The Government????? Think again Brother!

Hindutavi Rakshas Feb 29, 2016 07:44am

@Azhar jamil not by the government but by judiciary.

Saju Feb 29, 2016 07:48am

This will make STATE more powerful and restore trust of its citizen!

Mustafa R. Feb 29, 2016 07:56am

@A Southerner;

'This may bring a wave of violence and protests.'

If so, they would be dealt with an iron hand also.

Hassan Kamal Feb 29, 2016 08:01am

No one is above law. Pakistan is our face no matter where we live. We need to have standards that are excepted universaly if we want a happy future generation.

N K Ali Feb 29, 2016 08:33am

Shooting someone in the back, killing the person and then celebrating with garlands, does not make sense to me. It is very clear to all that Pakistan needs an urgent systemic change. Salams

angry young man Feb 29, 2016 08:51am

An ordinary citizen doesn't and shouldn't have the right to kill another even if someone has committed the most heinous crime. It's not your duty to deliver justice on streets.

wshaikh Feb 29, 2016 08:55am

I disagree what Qadri did. He had no right to take the life of Salman Taseer. However; at the same time I am opposed to Capital Punishment. It must be abolished.

Zafar Feb 29, 2016 08:59am

@Ahmad Now we shall see the people clearly on our tv screens who do not know even the abc of Islam.

Zak Feb 29, 2016 08:59am

@A Southerner absolutely none.

zak Feb 29, 2016 09:05am

Even some civil society people may not be happy today.

imtiaz syed Feb 29, 2016 09:08am

If you hear Salman Taseer speech, you wouldn't find anything wrong or blasphemous on the basis of which he had been killed.

Sunil Feb 29, 2016 09:12am

Its a message, not to take the law in your hands.

Blue Saffron Feb 29, 2016 09:49am

He had no right to take anyone's life for any reason.

Farhan Feb 29, 2016 09:54am

He killed a person who was defending a poor women from Pakistani minority.

DVK Feb 29, 2016 09:59am

Whatever is the religion, God is great. Love compassion, peace are basic principles. There is nothing like our God n your God. Something eternal and God is supreme. Who are we to protect the supreme by some law? No point in going on path of hate and violence. Time to pray for peace.

Human First Feb 29, 2016 10:17am

This news will send the absolutely necessary message from state that taking law in one's own hand will lead to person tried and punished by Law.

M. Ahmed Feb 29, 2016 10:28am

Sharia does not give individuals to take the law in his/her hand and carry out punishment, what Mumtaz Qadri did is not permissible in Sharia, he committed crime and murdered a person without due process.

Toori Feb 29, 2016 10:29am

Qadri was not authorized to murder Salman Taseer.

Anser Feb 29, 2016 10:32am

Abolish capital punishment. Life without parole was the punishment!

Baloch Feb 29, 2016 10:32am

A great move. Nobody has the right to give one's own verdict and kill others thereon.

sameen bawla Feb 29, 2016 10:38am

You cannot shoot an unarmed person from the back and still justify yourself to be an Islamic hero.

mislead Feb 29, 2016 10:47am

Qadri was mislead by some Mullahs and politicians to commit this grave sin.

Pak Feb 29, 2016 10:57am

Qadri hanged well it s right or wrong i dont know but terror financiers in karachi are at large. Here law comes to protect them. This s our poor motherland law s only for poor.

Afridi Feb 29, 2016 11:02am

The question now is where does the nations religious affiliation stand. Are we still the premier islamic state that we claimed to be, or have we wavered from our path?

Supreme court Feb 29, 2016 11:05am

Pakistan supreme court considered Qadri a Villain and not a Hero of Pakistan.

mrhopsy Feb 29, 2016 11:05am

Its time to step forward to bigger obstacle in the progress of our society, which is to punish rich and powerful peoples.

Simranjit singh Mann Feb 29, 2016 11:11am

Those who are protesting are really need some medical help. Insane ?

Sarim Feb 29, 2016 11:18am

One of the Strongest and righteous Judicial+Governmental Decision in the bleak history of Pakistan. Hope it proves to be just a stepping stone.

Kashif Feb 29, 2016 11:20am

Let's all work in the progress of Pakistan. and shut down the factories of hate & criticism in Pakistan.. educate people in a way Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) thought us.. and the way Sahab (R.A) followed.. there is no rally business in Islam it is mula made for personal power gains, same like political rallies...

Kabeer Feb 29, 2016 11:49am

Government has done right thing to execute the court orders otherwise any government employee can kill any government functionary on any pretext which could create anarchy in the country

Kabeer Feb 29, 2016 12:03pm

Those who instigate Qadri to commit such an heinous crime should also be brought to the book

Baba Feb 29, 2016 12:09pm

Very laudable and bold decision taken by MNS to establish the writ of the state without any fear and resrvations.

Parvez Feb 29, 2016 12:11pm

Thank you Supreme Court...thank you Nawaz Sharif.....for doing the right thing.

Forgive the sinner Feb 29, 2016 12:11pm

I am against Capital punishment, life imprisonment was OK. Eye for an Eye will make all world blind. I am against giving capital punishment to JI members in Bangladesh for their war crimes. This capital punishment will only cause chain reaction, enmity will only increase between people of different ideologies.

Common Citizen Feb 29, 2016 12:11pm

Well Done Judiciary. Finally a sign of true justice.

Hina Feb 29, 2016 12:12pm

A question should be asked to people who pronounce this Murderer as A HERO. Why he filed a mercy petition before President of Pakistan. Coward asks for mercy not hero. Pakistan should get rid of these fanatic elements from society which are the only hindrance in the progress of Pakistan. Salute to the judiciary and president for this justice

S.Khan Feb 29, 2016 12:15pm

He was a criminal and he deserved this punishment. No one wants the death of anyone but a civilized society can not survive in the presence of such beasts. We are proud of our justice system that has done justice in this case.

:-) Feb 29, 2016 12:17pm

good news !!! love u pak army...

Abdullah Feb 29, 2016 12:20pm

No one is allowed to take the law in hand, good move.

M.Saeed Feb 29, 2016 12:25pm

Leaving the self-judged action of a person, ensuing justice of the state and the execution of justice aside for a moment, let us examine a simple fact. In this 21st century, is it not a mockery of a state that executes the isolated individual who goes a step further than others, but fails to correct the general trend of a big part of the citizen moving along that individual and just a step behind?

Khan Feb 29, 2016 12:33pm

He killed a man. He got punished. Nothing complicated here. The only thing that needs improvement is the time our judicial process takes; This news should have come 4 years ago.

A. A. Feb 29, 2016 12:35pm

Excellent News. Well done.

N.Sid Feb 29, 2016 12:40pm

Justice served. There is no place for bigotry in Islam, and there at the same time religion and state should be kept separate. State has no religion and using it as a commodity should be stopped.

M Akram Feb 29, 2016 12:43pm

Justice prevailed at last.

Amir Shah Feb 29, 2016 12:53pm

Killing in the name of Islam can't be justified, Qadri paid for his crime. No Muslim will kill another Muslim for the sake of religious differences. Laws are there to protect all citizens of the country irrespective of their beliefs.

Rustom E Hind Feb 29, 2016 01:01pm

salute pakistan

Indian Feb 29, 2016 01:09pm

Am so happy for Pakistan. There is hope after all!

One Citizen. Feb 29, 2016 01:12pm

The world should abolish the death penalty. When the State carries this out, it sends a message to citizens that you can do it too. Life imprisonment is punishment enough. The world should agree to common code of morality, of ethics so we as humans treat fellow humans with equality and justice, we have to treat humans as equals like we would like to be treated ourselves by others.

kaiser Feb 29, 2016 01:14pm

should of happened much sooner.... our country is way too beautiful for evil like like to be walking on it..

balaji Feb 29, 2016 01:35pm

Well done Pakistan !!!

The right thing to do and appreciate the courage the Govt has shown to take a hard decision which will send the right signals to the society

You cannot take law into your own hand and get away with it . Period .

M.Saeed Feb 29, 2016 01:36pm

Justice delayed has its its own harmful results.There was a case of blasphemous book published by a Hindu without a name of author, who was stabbed to death by a young man named Ilm-ud-Din in April 1929. Ilm-ud-din was sentenced to death by the court and was executed in October 1929. In contrast, Qadri's case has taken 5 years to end.

shafiq chughtai Feb 29, 2016 01:47pm

Justice served finally

sarmad Feb 29, 2016 01:51pm

finally! justice is served

M.saleem Khan Feb 29, 2016 01:52pm

@HS Sran yes sure, concrete steps must be taken now otherwie there will be no survival

AK Feb 29, 2016 02:00pm

This punishment proves that individuals shall not take law into their hands and start shooting people. This is total terrorism and shall not be compromised at any cost. Those who are damaging the properties of the people and the government shall be apprehended and punished too.

Awais Ali Feb 29, 2016 02:19pm

After reading all comments i must say Pakistan is progressing instead of past of religious extremism. God bless you Pak.

zaf Feb 29, 2016 02:27pm

Justice finally

Shankar Feb 29, 2016 02:28pm

Again, the comments on this topic are heartening. I am glad that Pakistan has put the rule of the law above religious extremism!

Musarrat Javed Feb 29, 2016 02:36pm

Well I am against death penalty so no world on that. But I must say it is courageous decision on part of judges and Government.

jehanzeb Feb 29, 2016 02:36pm

What Mumtaz qadri did was wrong alright? He has got punishment now.

But on the same time, Raymond Davis a US citizen and spy killed our three innocent Pakistani people and our government released him and he was handed over to USA

Rehmani Feb 29, 2016 02:46pm

Finally justice served. Justice delayed is justice denied. Thanks General Raheel. Pakistan Zinda Baad.

IMKHAN Feb 29, 2016 02:48pm

good riddance!

two wrongs Feb 29, 2016 02:52pm

I am against capital punishment, two wrongs cannot make a right. Human rights groups are against capital punishment. Every person has to be given a chance to be correct/good.

Areeba Hafeez Feb 29, 2016 02:53pm

It is time to terminate the death penalty law!

kash Feb 29, 2016 02:57pm

However a person Salman Taseer was, it did not give Qadri licence to kill him. Justice is served.

Kesar Feb 29, 2016 02:58pm

Excellent news. Made my day!

Farhana Feb 29, 2016 03:03pm

Justice is done!

Khan1857 Feb 29, 2016 03:05pm

Justice served!

Ban Capital punishment Feb 29, 2016 03:06pm

This is the right time to ban capital punishment both the left(Liberals) and the right(conservatives) are now on the same page to ban capital punishment. Ban capital punishment now....

vijayakumar Feb 29, 2016 03:12pm

Pakistan shown the world ... how judiciary should work. Well done Pakistan! It changed my opinion about the Pakistan ( i am an Indian).

Pedro Sam Feb 29, 2016 03:22pm

The government of Pakistan should take appropriate actions against Qadri's supporters.

fgump Feb 29, 2016 03:23pm

great leap day for all Pak citizens. finally, after decades, everything makes sense. 1)sharmeen chinoy at the top. 2)qadri faces justice.

Dr Shagufta Kazmi Feb 29, 2016 03:27pm

@Ban Capital punishment

Dr Shagufta Kazmi Feb 29, 2016 03:29pm

Should have been much earlier

Asif Jamil Feb 29, 2016 03:29pm

Justice has been served.

Shahzad Ikhlaq Feb 29, 2016 03:33pm

Justice finally served

Dr Shagufta Kazmi Feb 29, 2016 03:35pm

A thousand miles journey whether smooth or tough but begins with first step. Congratulations to all Pakistanis on taking first step to eradicate religious extremism.

RR Feb 29, 2016 03:41pm

I congratulate the Pakistani government. Whatever be the "sentiments" of the people, the rule of law has to prevail. You have demonstrated that today.

Pakistani Feb 29, 2016 03:43pm

Good riddance. Justice done finally....

Nadeem Feb 29, 2016 03:51pm

If citizen 'A' thinks citizen 'B' is wajib-ul-qatl, the only action he can take is to initiate due process of law. He cannot carry out the death sentence himself, this is the message which should go out today. America is the most diverse country on the planet and is full of groups that would kill each other in a minute if there was no fear of law enforcement. In Pakistan, we need similar deterrence if we want to be counted among countries which have some hope for the future.

fas Feb 29, 2016 03:51pm

good in right direction

atheist Feb 29, 2016 03:55pm

Right decision by government of Pakistan

Nazir Feb 29, 2016 04:02pm

God job done,

Riaz Feb 29, 2016 04:10pm

Justice well served. This should have happened few years back. Dair aaye durust aaye!

Iftikhar Husain Feb 29, 2016 04:15pm

Now this chapter is closed it took long time but the law has to prevail.

Shoka Laddoo Feb 29, 2016 04:21pm

A very good decision. Tomorrow will be a normal working day.

Rvel Feb 29, 2016 04:24pm

This is a moral victory for all moderates, liberals and believers of justice.

MAH Feb 29, 2016 04:33pm

Justice so delayed ...

Riaz M M Feb 29, 2016 04:54pm

@Raghunandan ,question is why to abolish death penalty.The violent crimes have not fallen in the countries which abolished it ,neither abolishing it made the people more civilised.

Waseem Malik Feb 29, 2016 04:57pm

Thank you courts and administration for the justice.

Goga Nalaik Feb 29, 2016 05:01pm

Justice is served and it is a good day for Pakistan!

Moulin Rouge Feb 29, 2016 05:07pm

Justice delivered. Thank you

SFA Feb 29, 2016 05:13pm

On the day Sharmeen won the Oscars for highlighting domestic intolerance, Qadri gets hanged for religious intolerance. A few days back Punjab Assembly passed landmark reforms for women's rights. The national narrative has finally shifted after 40 years of meaningless warfare in the name of religion.

M. Siddique Feb 29, 2016 05:23pm

Good ridden.

uskumar Feb 29, 2016 05:46pm

This is good news. Justice has prevailed.

lafanga Feb 29, 2016 05:48pm

Good job

sajid Feb 29, 2016 05:54pm

finally! justice has been served! but only in one case but what about in case of Raymond Davis, Shah Rukh Jatoi, Qasoor episode, Ayan Ali... and the list goes on and on .....................

Hani Syed Feb 29, 2016 05:54pm

Great news after long time.

Jaffar Akbari Feb 29, 2016 06:01pm

Though this has come very late yet thanks to our justice system.

Habib Feb 29, 2016 06:08pm

Court decide on law correctly What Qadri did was extremism What happen to Qadri was sad but lesson to others Govt shall catch the master mind cause the birth of people like Qadri mentality

masud Feb 29, 2016 06:09pm

We need to focus and deal with the thinking which motivated him to take the law in his own hand. Unfortunately that thinking is still alive and kicking. It is pointless to debate if he was a hero or a villain, he paid for what he did. Let us do something about this intolerance which is destroying us all.

Rehan Feb 29, 2016 06:10pm

It will mark an important shift towards a more tolerant society.

Lahoribadshah Feb 29, 2016 06:14pm

Justice is served,

Raj Patel Feb 29, 2016 06:20pm

That is the way to go. It will restore some faith in law abiding citizens and fear in law breaking citizens.

Agha Asad Raza Feb 29, 2016 06:21pm

Good news. He deserved it!

AJ Feb 29, 2016 06:28pm

Good riddance.

shyam sundar Feb 29, 2016 06:29pm

this shows the courage & determination of the two Sheriffs to lift PAKISTAN out of the no body in INDIA should doubt their credentials in tackling terrorism.

Jarnail Singh Chahal Feb 29, 2016 06:33pm

Finally justice prevailed, now I can hope terrorism can be crushed in Pakistan.

Hamaad Feb 29, 2016 06:46pm

Finally, criminals are being punished in Pakistan. A good precedence set. Need to see all the rapists, murderers punished as well.

wellwisher Feb 29, 2016 06:51pm

a great and couragius act

Raja Farhat Abbas Feb 29, 2016 06:54pm

@AdHawk Do you condone what he did?, and how would you deter others who could do something like he did ? ps, please don't tell me education because this qadri was well educated.

Raja Farhat Abbas Feb 29, 2016 06:56pm

@sajid A journey of a thousand miles begins with on step at a time.

Ali S Feb 29, 2016 07:03pm

Great news.

Reality Bites Feb 29, 2016 07:07pm

Justice, finally! A good day for Pakistan,

Faisal Feb 29, 2016 07:17pm

Great step for Pakistan.

AHA Feb 29, 2016 07:25pm

While I am against death penalty, and will not celebrate this news, I am happy with what i see as a change in position by the State of Pakistan on extremism committed in the name of religon. Hope this leads to a better Pakistan eventually.

A. RASHID Feb 29, 2016 07:34pm

Just has finally been served.

Jim Scott Feb 29, 2016 07:36pm

@jehanzeb It shows that Pakistan is moving forward with human rights and justice for all

Muhammad Feb 29, 2016 07:41pm

@jehanzeb "Raymond Davis a US citizen and spy killed our three innocent Pakistani people and our government released him and he was handed over to USA" because the relatives of three innocent Pakistanis had accepted the blood money and pardoned the Raymond Davis

Prakash Puthalath Feb 29, 2016 07:46pm

Courageous decision by Pak Govt. Rule of Law must be respected.

sajid Rafique Feb 29, 2016 07:49pm

Good Job Pakistan ! My heartiest congratulations .

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Feb 29, 2016 07:50pm

Justice served!

Saher Feb 29, 2016 08:05pm

Every death is sad but this is justice served.

surendra sukhtankar Feb 29, 2016 08:06pm

PM Nawaz Shariff deserves to be congratulated for his courage

SAM DIDYMUS Feb 29, 2016 08:07pm

I congratulate the Pakistani govt for doing the right thing,

Vorshal Feb 29, 2016 08:18pm

Delayed but a good job!

seemi Feb 29, 2016 08:25pm

I was always against death penalty but todays decision relaxed me. I salute to our judiciary system in Pakistan!

Shah Feb 29, 2016 08:35pm

Good job done v well

Shouka Tailee Feb 29, 2016 08:35pm

Long live Judiciary.

Mcghee Feb 29, 2016 08:37pm

Good Riddance!

Patriot Pakistani Feb 29, 2016 08:50pm

Justice served, but too late,

pervez Feb 29, 2016 08:51pm

@Imad Qureshi agreed

Fawzia Feb 29, 2016 08:54pm

About time.

muhammad ahmed khan Feb 29, 2016 08:58pm

Good news finally on this. Justice has been served.

taki Feb 29, 2016 09:01pm

It's a great day for Pakistan.

ehsan Feb 29, 2016 09:06pm

Good riddance, he deserved it.

Hassan Parez Feb 29, 2016 09:12pm

Thank you from bottom of my heart to the government for restoring faith in the justice system of my country.

Mohammad Afsar Feb 29, 2016 09:12pm

It is to the credit of Pakistani Judiciary who delivered justice.

Yamuri Feb 29, 2016 09:15pm

Excellent news for Pakistan. Good ridden!!

AKB Feb 29, 2016 09:18pm

Now the journey has started and here we go in the right direction. Both judiciary and government deserve greatest appreciation.

Address extremism Feb 29, 2016 09:23pm

Its is easy to punish Qadri, but Pakistan has to address the root cause of this terrorism which is extremism which is widely spread in Pakistan.

GAWAL MANDI YA Feb 29, 2016 09:48pm

This guy did something unimaginable,he took someones life,he paid the price,case closed,end of story.

Just a guy Feb 29, 2016 10:02pm

Despite it took years, justice prevailed.

Left right and centre Feb 29, 2016 10:17pm

There is war between three narratives, left, right and center. Feb 29, 2016 10:40pm

Finally, justice prevail.

Shouka Tailee Feb 29, 2016 10:43pm

This guy was executed because he killed a VIP in the name of Islam. But what about other minorities Ahmedis, christians, hindus and even different sect people getting killed every day in the name of Islam? There should be a stricter law to punish those people swiftly. It should not take five years!!

ASAD Feb 29, 2016 10:51pm

People supporting Qadry's hanging, have the courage to support the hanging of Ghazi Ilmud din Shaheed's. Both committed the same crime.

Mirza Feb 29, 2016 11:27pm

@imtiaz syed Even if he did commit blasphemy, there are courts to decide . No body can become a judge?

BHARAT. Feb 29, 2016 11:52pm

All the lawyers of Pakistan will be very unhappy

Hopeful Mar 01, 2016 12:02am

At last justice is served

Aisha Mar 01, 2016 12:54am

@A Southerner I hope not, violence cannot be permitted, especially by individuals who have not regard for the sanctity of human life and kill on a whim.

Irfan Baloch Mar 01, 2016 12:54am

reprimand the judge who was kissing that murderer

Muzzamil Mar 01, 2016 01:24am

Finally justice was served to the family of salman taseer. No one except government has right to punish anyone for any offence. Also there is no offence except murder that cannot forgiven and to be frank saying that blasphemy law needs to be revised is not an offence. Definitely there are loop holes which is used adversely.

Riaz Uddin Mar 01, 2016 01:49am

The general masses must be discouraged to take the law into their own hands.

The execution of Mumtaz Qadri was essential to deter, denounce and suppress the trend of taking law into hands by those who use the name of religion for serving their own interest. The citizens must be law abiding instead of law breaking.

M Jamal Mar 01, 2016 02:17am

Now we have proved to the world that we are peaceful people and have faith in our justice system.The best we can do is to safeguard our justice system and provide foolproof security to our judges.The enemies of Pakistan will now do their evil best to harm Pakistan.

Philosopher (from Japan) Mar 01, 2016 02:30am

A murderer understands the worth of precious life only after his own death. Today taseer's soul will be in eternal peace after getting long due justice.

Zubaida khan Mar 01, 2016 05:29am

@Zahid judiciary does not have executive powers. They only can pass judgment it's up to the government to move forward with the punishment.

That's why the President as head of the state can overrule the judiciary and pardon or change the sentence of any criminal.

Cyrus Mar 01, 2016 06:27am

@A Southerner .... There may be a wave of violence, but it won't come from this execution.

Cyrus Mar 01, 2016 06:46am

@imtiaz syed ... .... "Justice is Mine, sayeth the Lord."

ROHIT PANDEY Mar 01, 2016 07:37am

Kanhaiya Kumar was man- handled in the courthouse in India. He had spoken out for Afzal Guru, who was convicted of terrorism.

This guy was garlanded when he appeared for his remand in the court.

I hope the readers are able to see the stark difference?:)

Ahmed Haneef Mar 01, 2016 09:33am

Only low level terrorists and extremist were targeted, preacher, brains washer and finances were never touched in Pakistan.

Rashid Mar 01, 2016 11:39am

Justice was done ... 4 years late.

Philosopher (from Japan) Mar 01, 2016 02:00pm

The only way to keep the society peaceful. Keep the killer without mercy.

White Noise Mar 01, 2016 04:08pm

Salute to you guys.

jk Mar 01, 2016 06:48pm

good job

jk Mar 01, 2016 06:49pm

good job pakistan.

Syed Mar 01, 2016 09:02pm

Finally Justice has been served.

V.Suresh Mar 01, 2016 10:22pm

@AdHawk : Very well said Sir ! The death penalty has no place in modern societies. By executing Qadri, the government has done precisely what Qadri himself did - taking a life.

V.Suresh Mar 01, 2016 10:24pm

@Jalaluddin S. Hussain : Precisely ! By executing the man, the government has made a martyr out of him. Had he been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, he would have languished in some rat infested cell and one would not have seen the violence and protest one sees now.