ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday restored the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri — the killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer — by an Anti Terrorism Court.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa dismissed the appeal filed by the by Mumtaz Qadri challenging the Islamabad High Court’s decision to hand him the death sentence.
Qadri, a former commando of Punjab police’s Elite Force, was sentenced to death 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.
In its ruling on the appeal, the IHC rejected Qadri’s application against his death sentence under the PPC but accepted his application to void ATA’s Section 7.
Qadri’s counsels the challenged IHC’s decision to uphold his death penalty in the Supreme Court.