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IHC rejects Mumtaz Qadri plea against capital punishment

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday reserved its verdict of capital punishment against Mumtaz Qadri according to Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and rejected his plea against capital punishment.

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The judgment against ‘Crl. Appeal 90/2011 A.T.A CM 231/2012 Malik Muhammad Mumtaz Qadri V/s The State’ announced by a division bench comprising, Mr. Justice Noor-ul-Haq N. Qureshi and Mr. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, today in Court No. 2 of the Islamabad High Court.

The court has reserved the verdict of Feb 11, after Advocate General of Islamabad, Mian Abdul Rauf, the prosecution in the case and Qadri’s counsel completed his arguments.

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Qadri was awarded the death sentence by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Oct 2011 for assassination of Salman Taseer on January 04, 2011 at Kohsar Market in Islamabad because of the politician’s opposition to the country’s blasphemy laws.

According to PPC 302, the punishment of Qatl-e-amd (intentional and deliberate murder) is the death sentence.

Due to sensitive case, security around the court had been beefed up and only authorized personnel were allowed to enter the court.

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