Taseer murder case hearing deferred for 5th time

Last Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 10:44

Rawalpindi: The court hearing into the Salmaan Taseer assassination case has been deferred without any proceedings for the fifth time.

This fifth adjournment is due to the non-availability of a judge in the anti-terrorism court number 2 until June 30.

The then Punjab governor was shot on January 4 by one of his guards, 26-year-old Mumtaz Qadri, who confessed to assassinating Taseer because of his vocal opposition to the blasphemy law that was used to sentence a Pakistani-Christian woman, Asia Bibi, to death.

The last hearing into the Taseer murder case was on April 30, the Daily Times reports.

ATC judge Raja Ikhlaque Hussain was transferred to some other district of Punjab some three weeks ago, but no other judge was appointed to take up the high-profile murder case for a speedy trial.

With the adjournment until June 30, two months will be completed without any progress in the murder case of the former Punjab governor.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 10:44
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