The Government of Pakistan has executed the former police bodyguard who shot dead ex Punjab’s Governor over his opposition to blasphemy laws.
Mumtaz Qadri, who had been trained as an elite police commando and was assigned to former Governor Salman Taseer shot him 28 times on January 4, 2011 in broad daylight in an upmarket locality of Islamabad. A high profile murder that shocked the country.
According to officials, Qadri, who was sentenced to death on October 1, that same year, was executed at the Adiala Jail at around 4.30am on Monday, February 29.
He was hailed as a hero by some Islamist groups, and thousands of hard-line activists protested to show their support for Qadri at the time.
“I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adialia jail early Monday morning,” senior local police official Sajjid Gondal told AFP.
After news of his execution, crowds again took to the streets in protest.
Speaking about his final meeting with Qadri to AFP, Qadri’s brother said he never expressed any regret for the killing.
“I have no regrets,” Malik Abid told AFP. “We started crying, but he hugged us and chanted ‘God is great,'” he added.
Pakistan has seen Islamist groups grow in influence in recent years and several high profile blasphemy cases.