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Pakistan Punjab

None can be allowed to take law in his hands:IHC


ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court, (IHC) while conducting hearing of the appeal filed by Mumtaz Qadri against the death sentence awarded to him by the Anti terrorist court, has said that no one can be allowed to take law in his hands, saying that even the judge announcing the death sentence cannot touch the convict.

As the hearing of the Salmaan Taseer murder case resumed at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday, convicted killer Mumtaz Qadri’s counsel argued that over the past 14 years, as many as 115 people were awarded sentences across the world for committing blasphemy against religions other than Islam.


Speaking for his client at the IHC, Justice (retd) Mian Nazir Akhtar remarked that even during the time of Holy Prophet (SAWS) a person who committed blasphemy was immediately punished.


A two-member bench of Islamabad High Court, comprising Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, took up the case during the day.


Justice Siddiqui had questioned Mian Nazir Akhtar whether the former Punjab governor had indirectly slammed blasphemy laws.


Justice Shoukat Siddiqui said that if all the arguments are accepted as true what will be the oath taking of a police official.


Mian Nazir Akhtar contended that anybody can be killed under extraordinary circumstances.


After making a wide range of arguments the court adjourned the hearing of the case till February 10.


A large number of supporters of Mumtaz Qadri were outside the court as they were not allowed to enter the courtroom during the hearing of the case.


Justice Shoukat Siddiqui said that even the judge will have to face the sentence if he commits murder. The court adjourned hearing of the case till February 10.


Just three days ago, the court had decided to resume the hearing on the appeal case of the convicted killer of Salman Taseer with the Islamabad advocate general (AG) expected to lead the prosecution team. The government law officers sought more time as they were not prepared to pursue the case.