Mumtaz Qadri shot Pakistan governor Salman Taseer 28 times in broad daylight five years ago in 2011.
Mumtaz Qadri killed a Pakistani governor by the name of Salman Taseer after he called for a reform to the country’s controversial blasphemy law. He was a bodyguard to the murdered Punjab Governor and was executed early Monday morning at a prison in Rawalpindi Pakistan. Following his execution, the country erupted with protests in major cities halting traffic and causing unnecessary inconvenience to the citizens of Pakistan. Protests have been reported in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi and other large cities of the country. A local police official by the name of Sajjad Gondal stated that,
We have beefed up security in Rawalpindi to maintain law and order and to deal with any untoward situation.
When Taseer was shot in January 2011 in broad daylight more than two dozen times, Pakistan saw a wave of shock, and fear of increasing Islamic extremism. Mumtaz Qadri showed no remorse on his actions and stated that Taseer deserved more given his condemnation of the blasphemy law. He said,
This is the punishment for a blasphemer.
Blasphemy in Pakistan has been a sensitive issue for the longest of times. Critics state that it is unfairly used to target minorities in several parts of the country. Taseer was rather outspoken against the blasphemy laws in Pakistan voicing his opinions on several forums before Mumtaz Qadri saw fit to bestow judgement upon him.
Several protests around the country is rather disturbing given it points to the support Mumtaz Qadri gathered for himself, even though he was a convicted murderer, a murdered who would not have hesitated to do the same again if given the chance. These protests have all the right ingredients to turn ugly especially during and after the burial which is due at 1700 hours today. Citizens are requested to stay indoors unless an emergency presents itself in order to avoid any misfortune.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.