LAHORE - Different religious parties have condemned the decision of Supreme Court for upholding the death sentence to the killer of Punjab governor Salman Taseer, saying the verdict clashed with the Islamic laws.

During a meeting held under the aegis of Milli Majlis-e-Shari here on Thursday, they announced a meeting of religious parties belonging to all school of thoughts on the issue. They also warned to launch a countrywide protest movement against the death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri.

Various small parties mainly belong to Brelvi school of thought have chalked a plan to hold protest demonstrations today in different cities including Lahore. However, the main bodies like Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam, Jamiat Ulama-e-Pakistan, Jamiat Ehlehadith and Jamaatud Dawa have not announced to stage demonstrations against the apex court order.

Jamaat-e-Islami spokesperson Ameerul Azeem said his party does not accept the decision of Supreme Court. The religio-political parties must sit together to chalk out protest demonstrations against the death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri, he said.

“We will not accept the Supreme Court order. It is against the Sharia (Islamic laws),” said a statement issued by the Majlis quoting the representatives of almost all known religious parties of the country.

Thursday’s meeting was attended by Milli Majlis president Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri, JI leader Dr Farid Paracha, Jamia Ashrafia’s Syed Faheemul Hassan Thanvi, Shia scholar Allama Niaz Naqvi, Jamaatud Dawa’s Qari Yaqoob, Jamiat Ehlehadith’s Haji Abdur Razaq, JUI-S leader Maulana Abdurub Amjad, Anjuman Khuddamuddin’s Ajmal Qadri, Tanzeem-e-Islami’s Mirza Ayub Baig, Jamia Madina’s Maulana Mehmoodul Hassan and Ittehad Ummat’s Zia Naqashbandi.

The leaders asked the president of Pakistan to immediate annul the death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri by using his discretionary powers.

“Murder of a blasphemer is not a crime. Mumtaz Qadri is not a criminal but a lover of Holy Prophet (PBUH),” a statement quoted the religious leaders as saying.