Pakistan: Hundreds rally in support of Salmaan Taseer’s killer

ISLAMABAD: Mumtaz Qadri appealed on Tuesday against his death sentence for murdering Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer who sought reform of blasphemy laws, as hundreds rallied outside the court to show support.

Mumtaz Qadri was sentenced for killing Taseer outside an upmarket coffee shop in Islamabad in 2011.

Qadri has admitted shooting Taseer, saying he objected to the politician’s calls to reform strict blasphemy laws which can carry the death penalty.

Around 300 of Qadri’s supporters chanted slogans calling for his release as a two-judge bench at Islamabad High Court began hearing the appeal.