Plea against death sentence: Defence says religious scholar influenced Qadri

Published: October 6, 2015
Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

Mumtaz Qadri PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Lawyer for former elite force guard Mumtaz Qadri on Monday argued before a bench of the Supreme Court that the guard had acted on his own interpretation of the blasphemy law and teachings of the Holy Quran after being influenced by speeches of a religious scholar to assassinate ex-Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.

Mian Nazir Akhtar, arguing Qadri’s plea to overturn the death sentence awarded by an anti-terror court, said that the guard was convinced Taseer had committed blasphemy.

The three-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa noted that the real culprit was the person who had induced Qadri to commit the act.

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