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    Pakistan Blasphemy Killer Hanged

    Supporters of a religious political party block a road to protest against the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Feb. 29, 2016.
    Supporters of a religious political party block a road to protest against the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Feb. 29, 2016.
    Ayesha Tanzeem

    Pakistan has executed a man who killed a powerful governor who had opposed the country’s blasphemy laws.

    Mumtaz Qadri, a member of police’s elite force, was part of the team guarding Punjab’s governor Salman Taseer in January 2011 when Qadri shot Taseer nearly 30 times in broad daylight in Islamabad.  

    Qadri was hanged in Adiala prison in Rawalpindi city early Monday after meeting with his family the night before.

    Protests broke out in several parts of the country, including Rawalpindi, as news of the execution spread. Security was extremely tight and extra contingents of police and the country’s paramilitary force were deployed to sensitive areas. All roads leading to the capital, Islamabad, were heavily guarded.

    FILE - A supporter of a religious political party holds a banner of convicted killer Mumtaz Qadri during a demonstration against Qadri's sentence, in Karachi, Pakistan, March 9, 2015.
    FILE - A supporter of a religious political party holds a banner of convicted killer Mumtaz Qadri during a demonstration against Qadri's sentence, in Karachi, Pakistan, March 9, 2015.

    Qadri’s crime shocked much of the world, not only because he was responsible for guarding the governor he killed, but also because many members of the country’s legal community celebrated his crime. Hundreds of lawyers showered him with rose petals and offered to fight his case for no fee.  

    In October 2011, an anti-terrorism court gave him the death sentence, which was maintained by higher courts.

    Two weeks after the murder of Punjab’s governor, Minority Affairs Minister Shehbaz Bhatti, another critic of the country’s blasphemy laws, was also gunned down.

    Human rights activists have long complained that the blasphemy law is misused to settle private scores. They say people accused of blasphemy often do not get a fair trial because lower court judges are afraid of ruling in their favor.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    February 29, 2016 8:50 AM
    Good riddance. Until people learn that God needs no man to fight Him, such evils might continue, especially in societies where medieval, Dark/Stone Age democracy is practiced. While we agree that it’s good to serve God, is it right to kill for God? Has God asked anybody to kill for Him? In the Christian religion, there’re these sects that always call down fire to consume their enemies; they’re also extremists Does the Bible recommend that? The Christian practice in the Bible follows the pattern of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, does it recommend one killing another for God? Does it recommend even to curse one another or invoke fire on others? That’s anti-Christian.

    Likewise, many muslims claim that those who in the camps of terrorists seeking extremist views of Koranic interpretation don’t know God. Question now is, while the Christian world may more or less look up to the Catholic Faith for moderation of the Christian religion, who do the muslims look up to tell the world what the practice should be? This missing-link’s caused islam to still remain in its medieval stages to-date, with all-comers including hooligans and terrorists declaring supremacy in interpretation of the religion. Too bad!

    by: anynmous from: usa
    February 29, 2016 6:18 AM
    what happened in Pakistan and Afghisstan is good example of barbarism . united state should cut all the aids and military support for these country. because they are not deserve it . we have in USA serious economic and social problem while our budget spent unwisely about country that live in stone age because they believe in Islam . every single day we heard in the news about bombing ,killing people for adultery, killing people whom are opposing the barbaric sharia law . sharia law is a disgrace for human being respect .

    sharia law treats man and woman as an animal . I have enough from hypocrisy of American politician and American media such as CNN. we have to tell the fact and reality without fear . our politician are betray us by ignoring the fact . I believe Braine Sandra is an honest man who tell the truth unfortuenly he will not win because many people do want not hear the truth . .professional politician is taking advantage of him

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