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Hundreds in Pakistan rally for governor`s killer

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 17:39

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 17:39
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