Mumtaz Qadri—former elite force guard who killed former Punjab governor Salman Taseer five years ago—was hanged at the Adiala Jail of Rawalpindi at around 4.30am, confirmed police officials in Pakistan on Monday morning.
Qadri had killed Taseer 28 times in broad daylight in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market on January 4, 2011. He was sentenced to death for killing Taseer on Oct 1 the same year.
His mercy appeal was rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain.
“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.
“I have no regrets,” Qadri’s brother Malik Abid said, tears rolling down his cheeks.
He said the family had been called to the prison Sunday evening by officials who said Qadri was unwell.
But when they arrived, he greeted them with the news that authorities had deceived them, and that his execution was imminent.
“We started crying, but he hugged us,” Abid said.
In August 2011, Taseer’s son was kidnapped from his car in Lahore. Shahbaz Taseer’s wherabouts remain untraced.
All routes leading to the Adiala Jail were sealed. LEAs personnel were also deployed across the city in view of agitation and protests.
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.
An anti-terrorism court here sentenced Qadri to death on two counts for murder and terrorism in Oct, 2011.
Dozens of Rangers and police in riot gear as well as ambulances were stationed outside Qadri’s home in the city early Monday, an AFP reporter there said.
Protesters torched tyres against Qadri’s execution in Hyderabad.