ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday admitted the appeal against Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri’s death sentence for hearing.
Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was sentenced to death on two counts for murder and terrorism by a court on October 1. On October 6, Qadri filed an appeal against the death sentence. Qadri had confessed to shooting Taseer dead outside an upmarket coffee shop close to his residence in the leafy capital Islamabad on January 4. The killing of Taseer was the most high-profile political assassination in Pakistan since former prime minister Benazir Bhutto died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007.