Islamabad: The police guard, who gunned down
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer eight months ago for opposing
the country`s controversial blasphemy law, on Saturday pleaded
guilty in a Pakistani anti-terrorism court.
Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, 26, pleaded guilty during
proceedings of the anti-terrorism court, being held at Adiala
Jail in Rawalpindi for security reasons.
In his statement recorded in the court, Qadri admitted to
killing Taseer and gave the reasons behind his action.
The judge subsequently adjourned the case till September
Qadri, who was part of Taseer`s security detail, shot dead
the outspoken politician from the ruling Pakistan People`s
Party outside a restaurant in Islamabad on January 4, sending
shockwaves across the world.
He laid down his weapon and surrendered moments after the
He later told the media that he had killed Taseer for
opposing the controversial blasphemy law and for coming to the
aid of Christian woman who was sentenced to death for
allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed.
Qadri was feted during earlier court appearances by
lawyers and madrassa students, who showered rose petals on
Hardline religious groups have warned the government and
courts not to punish Qadri for his crime.