Maryland Mosque Honors Assassin of Pakistani Governor Who Spoke Against Blasphemy Laws. (PN)
ICC Note: Over the weekend, a mosque in Pikesville, Maryland hosted an event in honor of a Muslim man, Mumtaz Qadri, who faced the death penalty last week for assassinating a Pakistani governor. After the governor openly spoke out against the country's blasphemy laws and their misuse in the case of Christian prisoner Asia Bibi, Qadri shot the governor more than 25 times. Although the assassination was directed more toward the governor himself than the Christian community, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are widely misused to discriminate against Christians and other religious minorities.
02/21/2017 United States (Christian News Network) - By Heather Clark
A Maryland mosque held an event on Sunday to honor a Muslim terrorist who shot and killed the former Pakistani governor of Punjab in 2011 over his statements in opposition to the nation’s laws prohibiting blasphemy against Islam.
Gulzar E Madina Mosque in Pikesville hosted an “Urs” observance on Feb. 12, which is an event marking the anniversary of the death of a Muslim entity considered a saint. Mumtaz Qadri was executed last February for murdering the governor.
“Whoever disrespects the holy prophet Muhammad is worthy of death, and even if disrespects indirectly he is still worthy of death. Even if someone asks for forgiveness it is not acceptable,” one of the speakers at the Urs declared, according to the Rabwah Times.Qadri had served as a bodyguard for Gov. Salman Taseer, but after Tasser expressed objection to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and how they had been applied to prisoner Asia Bibi, who had been sentenced to death in 2010 over allegations that she blasphemed Muhammad, he sought to kill him.
In January 2011, Qadri shot Taseer over 25 times with an assault rifle while he was entering his vehicle in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market. Qadri then surrendered to police.
“The governor fell down, and the man who fired at him threw down his gun and raised both hands,” witness Ali Imran recalled to Reuters.
Qadri was soon sentenced to death, and after five years in prison, he was hanged for his crime. His funeral was attended by over 100,000 people, and some protested his execution as he was rather hailed as a hero. Full story here.
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