Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri who killed governor over call to reform blasphemy law

ISLAMABAD, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Pakistan on Monday executed a man who killed the governor of Punjab province over his call to reform the country’s strict blasphemy laws that carry a death sentence for insulting Islam, police said.

Protests broke out within hours by supporters of the killer, who consider him a hero who defended the faith, broadcaster Geo TV reported.

Mumtaz Qadri, a bodyguard of Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab province, shot him dead in the capital, Islamabad, in 2011.

“Qadri was hanged at around 4:30 a.m.,” senior police officer Rizwan Omar Gondal told Reuters by telephone. The execution took place at the Adiala jail in the city of Rawalpindi outside Islamabad.