SC accepts Qadri’s petition challenging IHC’s death sentence verdict

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) admitted on Thursday a petition filed against Islamabad High Court’s decision to uphold death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer of former governor Salmaan Taseer, Express News reported.

On March 9, the IHC had upheld Qadri’s death sentence under Section-302 of the Pakistan Penal Code but struck out a terrorism conviction, making it unlikely he will be executed soon. He had challenged his death penalty in the apex court, terming it “illegal and un-Islamic”.

Qadri’s counsel, before the three-judge bench in the SC today, argued that his client did not kill Taseer over personal enmity, but for committing blasphemy.

The bench, headed by Justice Asif Syed Khosa, decided that Qadri’s petition will be heard in October in the apex court. Khosa remarked that we have to decide in accordance with the constitution.

“If a judge does not decide according to constitution he would be betraying the country,” Justice Qazi Faiz Eesi said.

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