Islamists Rally For Assassin Who Killed Moderate Pakistani Governor

Islamists showered assassin Mumtaz Qadri with rose petals after his appearance in court last week.

Supporters of Pakistani religious party Sunni Tehreek chant slogans in favor of Mumtaz Qadri, alleged killer of Punjab governor, and shower rose petals while waiting for him outside an Anti-Terrorist Court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed on Tuesday by his bodyguard commando reportedly enraged by his opposition to laws decreeing death for insulting Islam. (AP/B.K.Bangash)

Supporters of the Sunni Tehreek religious party hold placards in support for Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the gunmen detained for the killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, in Hyderabad January 9, 2011. Qadri, said he was angered by outspoken Punjab governor Taseer’s opposition to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law. Taseer, a liberal politician close to President Asif Ali Zardari, had championed the cause of a Christian woman sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws which critics say are used to target religious minorities, often to settle personal scores. (REUTERS/Akram Shahid)

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