Islamabad: A lawyer has filed a petition in a
Pakistani court challenging the death sentence given to the killer of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, even as the assassin`s counsel said that his client was unwilling to file an appeal against the verdict.
Lawyer G M Chaudhry filed a petition under a
Constitutional provision in the Islamabad High Court
yesterday, challenging the trial and sentencing of Taseer`s
murderer Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri by an anti-terrorism
Qadri, a police guard who was part of Taseer`s security
detail, had gunned down the outspoken Punjab Governor outside
a restaurant in Islamabad in January for calling for changes
in the country`s controversial blasphemy law.
Chaudhry contended that the Rawalpindi-based
anti-terrorism court could not, under the Constitution, hear a
case related to a murder committed in Islamabad.
The petition named the ministries of interior and law and
justice, the judge of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism
court and the Punjab Home Department as respondents.
Qadri was convicted and sentenced to death on Saturday,
sparking protests across the country by hardline Islamic
The Islamabad High Court`s office noted that Chaudhry was
not an aggrieved person but said his petition might be fixed
for hearing tomorrow.