Police tightening security ahead of Mumtaz Qadri’s funeral today


Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Although the backlash which the government feared in the aftermath of Mumtaz Qadri’s hanging was not very severe yet the news infuriated a number of ‘Janisaran-e-Mumtaz Qadri’ in Rawalpindi and Islamabad and they sealed the busy Faizabad Chowk early Monday morning.
The news of Qadri’s execution, (former Punjab police constable who was performing security guard’s duties to Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab but killed him in January 2011 on the charges of committing blasphemy) in Adiala Jail early Monday morning spread like wildfire and one could see panicking parents taking their children back from schools and office workers preferring to spend first day of the week at home. Workers of Sunni Tehreeik and other smaller religious groups took to roads immediately after the confirmation of his death and blocked the main intersection of Faizabad for traffic of all types. Private schools in the twin cities were also closed before time, likewise, private sectors offices especially those of the International Non-Government Organizations (INGOs) in the Diplomatic Enclave and other areas of Islamabad were either closed earlier or worked with very small number of staff in order to prevent any untoward event.
Metro Bus service was also suspended in the twin cities and one could see a large number of individuals walking on foot in order to reach their destination from one city to the other.
The angry protesters also set ablaze a bus and a number of motorbikes in Rawalpindi and continued protest all the day. Police however, managed to disperse them by the evening and till the filing of this report all the exit and entrance points in the twin cities have been set open.
Police sources told Pakistan Observer that traffic will remain off the road in Islamabad especially between the twin cities and the measure is being taken to prevent any violent incident. It is feared the participants of Mumtaz Qadri’s funeral prayers could turn violent and cause damage to the government offices and public transport, therefore, we have requested them not to come out of their houses especially during that particular hour, said a police officer. However, he reiterated the belief those violating law and order would be dealt with strictly.
Meanwhile, district administration in collaboration with police has devised strategy to counter any violent protest after the funeral prayers of Mumtaz Qadri being held on Tuesday (today), 2 P.M. The funeral prayers that was to be held in Liaqat Bagh earlier on Monday is now taking place on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, where a few of the social media users have condemned the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, there are still a large number of social media users have termed execution of Mumtaz Qadri a victory of justice. Finally, justice has prevailed in the country and rule of law has taken strong roots here, commented Furqan, a Facebook user. “Qadri’s execution also serves a lesson for those who glorify extremist leaders and don’t realize that blindly following religious fanatics could lead them and their family to catastrophe,” tweeted Ayesha a student of the International Islamic University (IIU).

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