ISLAMABAD: Oath taken by a cop does not allow him to kill a person on his on will, “Court has to take action in case of violation of rules”, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked while hearing the appeal of Mumtaz Qadri’s conviction.
“If the duty imposed by the rule is violated, the court would see the rules instead of emotions, even a judge may convict a person but does not kill him on his own”, he added.
A two-member bench of the appellate court comprising Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui resumed the hearing of an appeal filed by Mumtaz Qadri against his conviction for assassination of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer.
There is blasphemy law in the country which could convict a blasphemer, if Taseer had indulged in blasphemy, the plaintiff should have come to the court, instead of killing him, the bench remarked.
During the course of proceedings, Justice (retd) Nazir Akhtar counsel for Qadri pleaded that in case of extraordinary circumstances one could kill a person.
Qadri is an honest, trust worthy person, having a good record, not even a single complain was registered against him in service, he added.
Akhtar apprised the bench that his client was deputed with more than 70 VVIPs because of his good service record adding that recorded evidences also did not prove him guilty.
Later, the bench adjourned further hearing till February 10 and Justice Nazir Akhtar will continue his arguments on the date.