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Mumtaz Qadri’s petition against death sentence accepted by SC

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has accepted the hearing of petition of Mumtaz Qadri’s in which he challenged the death sentence given by Islamabad High Court in Salman Taseer’s murder case.

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Today’s hearing included appeals by the counsel of the self-confessed killer to reduce Qadri’s penalty as well as reject the government’s plea to include the Anti-Terrorism Axt in Taseer’s murder case. A three member bench was headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khoosa.

Qadri’s lawyer Mian Naseer said that a trial court ruled a Rs.100, 000 fine and a double death penalty for his client. He contended that this is a blasphemy case.

Justice Khosa remarked that there is a difference between committing blasphemy and terming the blasphemy law as wrongful.

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Qadri’s lawyer added that this is not a case of personal enmity but it is about Shariah. Justice Khosa added that Shariah Appelate Bench of SC and Federal Shariat Court are empowered to hear such cases.

After initial arguments, the court formally adopted the case for a hearing in October.

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