Islamabad: Hundreds of demonstrators have rallied in support of a Pakistani man convicted of assassinating a liberal governor in the name of Islam.
Tuesday`s rally took place as Mumtaz Qadri appealed his death sentence before a high court.
Khwaja Sharif, Qadri`s lawyer, said the court in Islamabad halted his client`s execution until it rules on the appeal — a common procedural step.
Qadri has admitted killing Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, in January, because of the official`s criticism of Pakistani law that mandates the death penalty for insulting Islam.
Analysts say the law is often misused to persecute Christians and other minorities.
Thousands have defended Qadri`s actions, raising concern of growing radicalization in Pakistan.