Pakistani Muslims Hold Strike After Murderer of Moderate Governor Is Given Death Sentence

On January 4, 2011, moderate Pakistani governor Salmaan Taseer was assassinated in Islamabad by his security guard, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. His guard disagreed with Taseer’s opposition to Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

Taseer had publicly defended a Christian woman who was accused of blasphemy against Islam. His bodyguard killed him for this.

In February, Qadri’s admirers brought him Valentine’s cards and flowers.

Pakistani police officer receives flowers and Valentine’s Day cards for Mumtaz Qadri, the confessed killer of a liberal Pakistani governor, given by students during a rally out side the Adiala Jail where Qadri’s special court hearing held, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Qadri pleaded guilty to murder, telling a judge he didn’t regret gunning the politician down because he killed ‘an apostate’ as required under his interpretation of Islamic law, lawyers said. (AP/Anjum Naveed)

This week Pakistani Muslims held a strike after Mumtaz Qadri was given the death sentence.
The Daily Times reported:

On the call of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), a partial strike was observed in the metropolis on Friday in protest against the decision to award death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri in assassination case of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.

Rangers enhanced its deployment in troubled areas to avoid any untoward incident. Several business centres, including medicine market, Zainab Market, Bohri Bazaar, Empress Market, MA Jinnah Road bazaars and Plaza Market, were closed.

Several protest demonstration were held in many parts of the metropolis after Friday prayers. The protesters chanted slogans against the government. They also raised anti-US slogans.

Dozens of Sunni Tehreek (ST) workers, including their central party leader Shahid Ghauri and a coordination committee member Mobin Qadri, were taken into custody during Rangers raids in ST central, sector and unit offices in various parts of the city.

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