Earlier, he had challenged the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision on his death sentence in the Supreme Court where Mumtaz Qadri’s lawyers had filed the plea in the SC claiming that the issue was not about murder but that of provocation.
On the other hand, SC also declared in its ruling that IHC verdict of cancelling the death sentence under the Anti-terrorism Act null and void.
Previously, Qadri had admitted to the killing saying he was opposed to Salman Taseer’s calls to modify the blasphemy law. The IHC, in March this year, had dismissed Qadri’s appeal against his death sentence but accepted his request of ordering the removal of terrorism charges from his case, calling off the sentence under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).
The verdict by IHC said: “The conviction of appellant recorded by the trial court under Section 7(a) of the Anti-Terrorism Act is set aside, the appeal to this extent is allowed and appellant is acquitted from the said charge whereas conviction and sentence recorded under Section 302 (b) PPC is upheld and appeal to this extent is dismissed.”
According to IHC bench: “It is amazing to note that the appellant took protections and rights guaranteed by the Constitution but deprived deceased from all constitutional guarantees.”
On October 01, 2011, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had given death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri with Rs 0.2 million as fine and compensation to the legal heirs of Taseer.