Our Staff reporter KHANEWAL/SIALKOT/Okara/Arifwala - A complete shutdown was observed and rallies were taken out in the district on the appeal of Sunni Tehreek to condemn the death sentence awarded to Mumtaz Qadri by the Anti-Terrorism Court. On the occasion, the ST took out a rally which was participated by a large number of people. The participants of the rally marched through various city roads and reached Kalma Chowk where it turned into a huge public meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Sunni Tehreek District President Shahid Raza Qadri, City President Arif Saeedi and Maulan Bashir Ahmad vehemently criticized the verdict of capital punishment to Mumtaz Qadri and termed it as un-Islamic. Shahid Qadri said that if the government did not implement the laws of blasphemy then thousands of Mumtaz Qadris would emerge. He questioned the government that if anti-state actors like Raymond Davis could be released then why not Mumtaz Qadri, whom he called as the hero of Muslim Ummah. He announced that the Sunni Tehreek was willing to pay Rs200 million to the heirs of slain Salman Taseer as blood money. He argued that slain Taseer had repeatedly offended the religion but no action was taken against him by the sitting government. In such a situation, aggrieved people themselves start taking decisions and Mumtaz Qadri was a glaring example of this phenomenon. He claimed that Christians and Jews had also realised that they could not snatch the love and passion of Muslims for the last Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him). Speaking on the occasion, Shahidi said that Sunni Tehreek believes in the rule of the law but they would not accept any anti-Islamic decision. He asked the government to play its part on the release of Mumtaz Qadri. The strike was observed in all the four tehsils of District Khanewal and rallies were taken out to support the demand for the release of Mumtaz Qadri. SIALKOT: On the appeal of Sunni Tehreek, a complete shutter-down strike was observed in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur, Badiana and Chawinda to express solidarity with Mumtaz Qadari on Friday. The protest rallies were also taken out in Daska and Sialkot, in which the hundreds of the students of religious seminaries, activists of the religious parties, traders, lawyers, politicians and educationists participated. They, wearing black armbands and carrying banners & placards, chanted anti-government slogans. In the Juma sermons, the Ulema strongly criticised the government for allegedly obeying the orders of the US and the Western countries. They unanimously passed several condemnation resolutions and demanded immediate release of Mumtaz Qadari. ARIFWALA: The traders union and religious parties took out a protest rally to condemn the death sentence awarded to Mumtaz Qadri here on Friday. As per detail, the leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat and representatives of trade union attended the rally to express their support for Mumtaz Qadri and voice their sentiments against the award of punishment to Mumtaz Qadri who according to them had killed a blasphemer. Sufi Rashid and Maulana Khalil Reman from Jamaat Ahle Sunnat and Mohammad Hussain Hussani from Trade Union led the rally that was started from Grain Market Mosque. The participants of the rally went through different bazaars and roads, carrying banners and placards and chanting slogans in favour of Mumtaz Qadri and against the government. Later, the participants reached the TMA Chowk where the rally was culminated. NANKANA SAHIB: Several protest rallies were held throughout the district for the release of Mumtaz Qadri. The rallies were organised by Jamat Ahle Sunnat and Khatme Nabuwwat. Resolutions for the release of Mumtaz Qadri were presented in all the mosques of the district including Nankana city Kabba Masjid, Sheikhan Wali Masjid, Madina Masjid, Noor Masjid and Anda Talab Masjid. After Friday prayers, protest rallies were taken out from different mosques of the City and all the participants gathered at Milad Chowk. It was said in the resolution from the people of Pakistan that if Raymond Davis could be released then why not Mumtaz Qadri could set free. The leaders warned the government to release Qadri otherwise they would join the countrywide campaigns for his realese. They said government must honour him with medal of bravery rather awarding him death sentence. OKARA: The Jamiat Ulema Pakistan has announced to hold countrywide protests for immediate release of Mumtaz Qadri who confessed to murder Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and got dead sentence by an anti-terrorism court. Addressing a convention organised in Baldiya Hall Tehsil Council, JUP Central President Sahibzada Dr Abu-al-Khair Zubair stressed the need for struggle for imposition of Nizame Mustafa. In the forthcoming elections, the people would reject the present rulers and cast a vote for those striving for promulgation of the system, he added. The release of Mumtaz Qadri is the voice of the whole nation and their efforts will bear fruits, he said. On the occasion, Qari Muhammad Zawar Bahadar, the general secretary of JUP, was of the view that Mumtaz Qadri did nothing wrong by killing the governor. He also criticised the PML-N, saying that the party was with the government and their sit-in outside the President House was merely a drama. He said that the PML-N wanted the government complete 5-year term. He backed the strike call by the Sunni Ittehad Council. Senior Vice President Awais Nurani, JUP Punjab President Dr Javed Awan also addressed the convention.