October 5, 2011

Abolish death penalty — don’t kill Mumtaz Qadri

The Terrorland Report

THE Anti-terrorism Court Rawalpindi sentenced Mumtaz Qadri to death for killing Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. After the decision, the judge has gone on leave for an indefinite period of time as there are violent protests against the decision in parts of the country.

The convict was a policeman appointed on security of the governor. But he killed the governor who had called for changes to the blasphemy law of Pakistan.  

Mr. Taseer was killed on January 4, 2011 and then, unfortunately, on August 26, 2011 his son Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped from Lahore. Since then there is no clue of the victim. There are some people who say that the kidnappers want to release Mumtaz Qadri.

The judgment is very interesting. According to The Express Tribune, the judge said: “A proven blasphemer is wajib-ul-qatal (liable to be killed). He cannot be forgiven. Only the Holy Prophet (PUBH) himself can forgive him. However at this stage two questions arise. Firstly, can a person who is leading a sinful life be termed an apostate? Secondly, if he is deemed an apostate, then who will execute him?

“Obviously individuals cannot be given the authority to judge someone an apostate, infidel or non-Muslim. Moreover, individuals can not be allowed to execute the punishment on such persons because it will pave the way for anarchy, turmoil, restlessness and lawlessness in society. Therefore the defence plea in this regard is not helpful to the accused.”

As the United Nations wants abolition of capital punishment in the world and about two-thirds of the countries of the world reportedly endorse it. The ruling Pakistan People's Party – whose founder Z.A. Bhutto was a victim of this inhuman judicial practice – had expressed the desire to abolish death sentence after coming into power. But since they came into power nothing has been done in this regard so far.

Isn't it the right time?

Indeed, rights activists may say that it’s time for the government to abolish capital punishment and show the world that Pakistan is a civilized nation state. You need media headlines... and this will make greater headlines than the death penalty! Please, don’t kill Mumtaz Qadri. Dare to reveal the names of the real culprits: the minds behind global terrorism, who use innocent people as Taliban and Al-Qaeda for their “war-games” in and out of our Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Enough is enough...we need peace now! The blasphemy case is now in the court of God! 


  1. He should be put to death for pre meditated murder to send a signal to all that no lawlessness will be acceptable.

    Unless a Qisas deal could be worked out between him and the family of Taseer.

    Plain and simple.

  2. I don't think we need to abolish death penalty especially for people like M.Qadri...