My Father’s Killer’s Funeral

ON Feb. 29 — a bad day for anniversaries — Pakistan executed my father’s killer.

My father was the governor of Punjab Province from 2008 until his death in 2011. At that time, he was defending a Christian woman who had fallen afoul of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which are used by the Sunni majority to terrorize the country’s few religious minorities. My father spoke out against the laws, and the judgment of television hosts and clerics fell hard on him. He became, in the eyes of many, a blasphemer himself. One January afternoon his bodyguard, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, shot him dead as he was leaving lunch.

Mr. Qadri became a hero in Pakistan. A mosque in Islamabad was named after him. People came to see him in prison to seek his blessings. The course of justice was impeded. The judge who sentenced him to death had to flee the country. I thought my father’s killer would never face justice.

  • canminuteman

    Interesting column, well worth reading. I am surprised that it would have been published in the New York Times, and it gives a little hint of what western civilization is up against.

  • simus1

    A madman primitive murdering in the name of the prophet

    is the holiest of the holy in Dumpsterstan.
    Surprised the NYT could spare the space to cover the killer’s funeral.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Photos like this make me really wonder if the only hope for humanity is a massive pandemic.