KARACHI –Council of Islamic Ideology chairman Maulana Mohammad Sherani said no one is above the law and Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, was punished for taking the law into his hands.
“I respect Qadri’s religious sentiments but I respect Pakistan’s constitution more,” he said while speaking to journalists in Shikarpur. He (Qadri) might be influenced by ‘religious’ sentiments, the murder was illegal, he said. Qadri, commando of police’s Elite Force hanged to death inside Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, was sentenced to death for assassinating the governor on January 4, 2011, in Islamabad.
In October 2015, the Supreme Court of Pakistan maintained the conviction of Qadri by an Anti-Terrorism Court, overturning Islamabad High Court’s March 9 verdict, which had dismissed Qadri’s appeal against his death sentence under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) but accepted his plea to void Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act’s (ATA).