Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pakistan: Mausoleum Will Honor Governor’s Killer


Every day hundreds of people, and thousands over the weekends, visit the 1,500-square meter complex, which upon completion will house his tomb, a mosque and three rooms.

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By LAHT | October 15, 2016

Mausoleum Will Honor Governor’s Killer in Pakistan

ATHAAL, Pakistan – Hundreds of people visit every day the mausoleum that is being built in honor of “saint” Mumtaz Qadri, who killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in 2011 for speaking against the blasphemy law and for defending a Christian woman, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Asia Bibi, a mother of five, was sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly insulting Islam in Nankana district in the eastern province of Punjab.

The family and followers of Qadri are raising a tomb in his memory, while the Supreme Court is preparing to study Bibi’s appeal, a case which, according to human rights activists, puts the Islamic country’s soul on the line.

Some 15 km north of Islamabad, in the village of Athaal, on a bed of roses, lies the man who was Taseer’s bodyguard and who fired 28 bullets into him for defending Bibi and seeking changes to the blasphemy law.

People visit regularly to pay homage to the man they consider a hero for preserving the name of the prophet, and shower rose petals over his tomb and chant prayers, even as construction activities continue in the backdrop.

“My son was selected by Allah for this purpose (to kill Tasir) long time ago. He was always special,” Malik Bashir, Qadri’s father who is supervising the construction, told EFE, adding his son did well to kill the governor, who in his opinion insulted the prophet and the punishment for that is death.

“The Quran says so, and if the government does not take measures, the people have to take measures into their own hands,” says the 74-year-old father of nine.

Every day hundreds of people, and thousands over the weekends, visit the 1,500-square meter complex, which upon completion will house his tomb, a mosque and three rooms.

“The blessings of God fall over the mausoleums of saints like Qadri. That’s why I come,” Nadeem Majeedi, a teacher at a Quranic school, told EFE.

“Qadri inspires me kill other blasphemers,” Majeedi further said, adding he has traveled 120 km to visit his tomb for the third time.

The mausoleum’s construction began four months ago and will conclude in a year’s time, thanks to donations from sympathizers, according to Bashir.

After Qadri’s execution towards the end of February this year, he was hailed by radical groups as a hero and thousands of sympathizers attended his funeral.


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  1. Now i know where are all the mentally ill people are in Pakistan....

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