Pakistan

LAHORE (Staff Report) – An anti-terrorism court on Monday sentenced five men of three-five years imprisonment for attacking a candlelight vigil organised to mark death anniversary of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in the start of this year.


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During Monday’s hearing, the ATC judge sentenced Adeel, Furqan and Kashif to five year imprisonment and fined Rs20,000 each. Two other men – Iftikhar and Wazir Ali – have been sent to jail for three years.

On his death anniversary this year, an attack was carried out bythese miscreants when members of civil society gathered at Liberty Chowk to light candles in the slain politician’s memory.

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The baton wielding miscreants tore apart banners and posters as they attacked members of civil society. Several people were injured in the sudden attack. The attackers, however, managed to flee before police arrived at the scene.

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Taseer was murdered by his own security guard Mumtaz Qadri for demanding reforms in Pakistan’s blasphemy laws on January 4, 2011 in Islamabad.

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An anti-terrorism court had awarded death penalty to Mumtaz Qadri in October the same year.