Qadri’s Hearing


Originally Published in The Express Tribune

The appeal hearing in the Islamabad High Court for Mumtaz Qadri is an abomination. Here we basically have a self-confessed killer, who has been made into a celebrity by religious parties. The government has failed to appoint a prosecutor in the appeal and claims to have lost Qadri’s case file, which shows its lack of seriousness in upholding the rule of law. The accused is being defended by a former chief justice of the Lahore High Court while a large number of lawyers create a circus at every hearing.

What hope can a person belonging to minority communities, such as Christians, Hindus and Ahmadis have in light of such behaviour by the judiciary and the government?

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Yasir Mirza

Yasir Mirza moved to Toronto, Canada from Karachi, Pakistan as a teenager where he finished his high school and got a Bachelor’s from University of Toronto. He now calls calls Austin, TX home, working for Nvidia as an Electrical Engineer on graphics and mobile chips. He currently serves as Director of Islamic Education of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

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