Lahore: A Pakistani high court has
transferred an anti-terrorism court judge who recently awarded
the death sentence to the self-confessed assassin of former
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer for security reasons.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry
issued the order transferring Judge Pervez Ali Shah, who went
on long leave after receiving threats for awarding the death
sentence to Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Taseer.
The Chief Justice placed the services of Shah at the
disposal of the Punjab government and transferred him from
anti-terrorism court no II in Rawalpindi to the child
protection court in Lahore.
The incumbent presiding officer in the child protection
court, Muhammad Muzaffar Ali Khan, had been repatriated in the
public interest, said a notification issued by the High
A grouping of 40 radical religious and hardline groups,
including the Lashkar-e-Toiba linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the
Sunni Tehrik, have demanded that the government should remove
Shah from his post after he pronounced the death sentence to
Radical clerics have criticised Shah for giving an
"un-Islamic" verdict and called for action against him.