Pak: Former Punjab governor Taseer’s killer Mumtaz Qadri executed

Elite Force commando Mumtaz Qadri, who was convicted of killing former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was executed at the Adiala Jail in Pakistan early Monday morning.

According to the Dawn, Qadri was sentenced to death for assassinating Taseer on January 4, 2011, in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market.

Qadri said he killed Taseer over the politician’s vocal and vehement opposition to blasphemy laws of the country.

“I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adialia jail early Monday morning,” senior local police official Sajjid Gondal said.

A prison official confirmed the execution of Qadri.

The body of Mumtaz Qadri was handed over to his family members and was moved from the jail under tight security cover.

Qadri’s last meeting with his family was arranged late on Sunday night.