Qadri: an enigma?
“Taseer was Gustakhe Rasool thus I punished him”, said the man after being questioned for the murder of Punjab’s Governor Salman Taseer on the 4th of January 2010. The man was later identified as Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri ; an enigma, an extremist, terrorist or the defender of the Blasphemy act.
Malik Mumtaz Qadri executed a well-executed plan. He was a part of the Elite Police force who were supposed to protect Salman Tasser. The irony doesn’t end here because never in the entire Pakistani history has a politician’s assassinator and that too of the current government been considered a hero by many. Countless Islamic extremists patted on his back while he walked to the court. On facebook; seemingly educated people supported this act as well
Is he really a sinner or a saint?
Ullemas who had been after Salman Taseer for such a really long time certainly consider him as a saint who came and shot the devil of sorts away.
But one wonders whether Taseeer’s stance against Blasphemy Law in Pakistan made him a Gustakh-e-Rasool or just someone who debated about inhumane practice caused by the law. This act by Taseer resulted in the incorrect interpretation of his standing and created an uproar and in the end got him killed.
Did he have other accomplices?
Six policemen on the same force are being questioned for they seemed to have been informed about
the act beforehand by the perpetrator himself.
What happens now?
Taseer is a Blasphemer in the eyes of Mumtaz Hussain Qadri and his supporters. First, perhaps it should be established if Taseer was actually what the religious fanatics claim him to be off. Unfortunately already biased opinion regarding Salman Taseer exists in the masses already. Mumtaz Qadri is doomed to be convicted but will he be considered a hero or a disgrace? So far from the looks of it, Qadri has emerged as a defender of Prophet’s law. The government’s and court’s decision might suggest otherwise. Is he a fanatic, a Prophet SAW lover or a crazy man? This needs to be investigated as well.
Posted by : Sana Khalid