Mumtaz Qadri has been hanged to death on Monday morning

Mumtaz Qadri

Mumtaz Qadri has been hanged to death on Monday morning in Adiala district jail Rawalpindi for murdering the former Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer in 2011. Meanwhile there are widespread protests are expected after the execution, from the religious parties and public. Security has been tied in all over Pakistan under the possibilities of violence and protests.

However large protests have been reported from all over Pakistan. Almost all the big roads in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and all the big cities have been blocked. Petrol pumps and shops have been shut down.

Qadri, commando of police’s Elite Force, was sentenced to death for assassinating the provincial governor on January 4, 2011, in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market. In October 2015, the Supreme Court of Pakistan maintained the conviction of Qadri by Anti-Terrorism Court, overturning Islamabad High Court’s March 9 verdict, which had dismissed Qadri’s appeal against his death sentence under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) but accepted his plea to void Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act’s (ATA).

Strict security measures were taken within the jail premises and a heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies personnel were deployed to avoid any untoward incident. All routes leading to the Adiala Jail were sealed. The security personnel were also deployed across major cities to deal with reaction. Qadri’s body was handed over to his family members and was moved from the jail under security cover. Qadri’s last meeting with his family was arranged late on Sunday night.