Activists of Pakistan Sunni Tehrik on Friday staged a demonstration at Chowk Manzoorabad in support of Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, whose death sentence was upheld by the Islamabad High Court.

Addressing the protesters, Pakistan Sunni Tehreek leader Zaheer Ilyas Qadri said they would be compelled to take an extreme action if the decree was implemented. Citing the example of US national Raymond Davis, he asked the government to release the condemned prisoner. He also said that the support extended by some lawyers to him showed that the killing of the former governor was ‘correct’. The slain governor had supported a Christian woman accused of blasphemy and had declared the blasphemy law a ‘black law’. He said those had called Qadri a ‘terrorist’ would be taken to task.

The Jamaat Ahle Sunnat leaders vowed that they would continue a peaceful struggle for the release of Qadri. They said that the former governor Salman Taseer committed blasphemy, so his gunman killed him. The protesters appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to set aside the death sentence. The protesting people were of the view that if the verdict was not revoked, they would hold countrywide rallies against the government. The protesters displayed placards and banners bearing slogans in favour of Mumtaz Qadri and against the government and the late governor.

Similarly, Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (SAWW) was observed in Hafizabad where Ulema passed various resolutions in favour of Muhammad Mumtaz Qadri and against his convection.

Sunni Tehrik Divisional President Muhammad Usman Haider Naqvi has declared that the law envisaged in the Holy Quran is supreme than the law and Constitution of Pakistan. They strongly protested against the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri and expressed their solidarity with him and demanded waiving the conviction and his immediate release. He said that lovers of the Last and Final Messenger (SAWW) were determined to protect Namoos-e-Risalat and were prepared to make sacrifice for the purpose.

Later, a rally was taken out which was led by Muhammad Usman Haider Naqvi, Barrister Syed Waseemul Hassan, Ghulam Ali Abid, Ajmal Chishti, Muhammad Asghar, Muhamamd Zakirya Qadri and Hafiz Muhammad Akram. They gathered at Sher-e-Rabbani Chowk and raised slogans against the conviction.

DACOITY: Two citizens were deprived of cash, cell phones by five armed bandits near Sem Nullah Sagar Kalan. Sufian Ahmad along with his friend Nasir was on way to Mangat Neecha village on a bike. Near Sem Nullah Sagar Kalan, five armed dacoits intercepted them and snatched away cash amount of Rs3,500 and cell phones.

Meanwhile, a citizen was deprived of his bike by the unidentified bike lifter. Muhammad Jameel had parked his bike (HZK-957) outside his residence in Mohallah Qadeerpura and went inside. After some time when he came outside, he was astonished that his bike had been lifted away by the accused. The police are investigating.

VISIT: Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq along with JI Punjab Ameer Dr Syed Muhammad Waseem Akhtar will attend a mass wedding ceremony being arranged by Al-Khidmat Foundation Hafizabad chapter at Shaheed Chowk near Kolo Tarar on 16th.