Protesters demand custody of Qadriâ€™s â€˜holy gunâ€™ â€“ The Express Tribune Protesters demand custody of Qadriâ€™s â€˜holy gunâ€™ blished: January 4, 2012 Ali Mumtaz, son of Salmaan Taseer's assassin Mumtaz Qadri, participates in a protest by Sunni Tehrik in Islamabad on January 4, 2011. PHOTO: INP LAHORE: While some circles mourned the death of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, religious groups organised rallies and processions in Lahore hailing his self-confessed assassin Malik Mumtaz Qadri. Qadri, who was part of Taseerâ€™s security squad, shot him dead in Islamabad on January 4 last year in arguably the countryâ€™s most high-profile blasphemy-related killing. He then accepted responsibility for the killing before a court of law that awarded him the death sentence. Qadriâ€™s supporters, who hail him as a pious fighter of Islam, have vehemently rejected the death sentence handed to him for Taseerâ€™s murder. On Wednesday, members from various religious groups, including the Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz, registered their protest against the courtâ€™s verdict in rallies across the city, particularly outside the Lahore Press Club, Minar-i-Pakistan and the Data Darbar. About 1,000 people gathered at the darbar, which was decorated with huge portraits of Qadri. Participants also held Qadriâ€™s pictures and chanted slogans against Taseer and in favour of Qadri. Media was also accused of not giving proper coverage to the rallies. â€˜Holy gunâ€™ The Sunni Ittehad Council demanded the government to hand over to them the â€œholy gunâ€ that Qadri had used to kill Taseer. The council said it was ready to pay Rs100 million for the weapon. â€œIf cricket bats and hockey sticks belonging to players can be auctioned, Qadriâ€™s gun should also be put up for auction and we will buy it,â€ said Allama Muhammad Tahir Tabassum, triggering the demand for the gun. An announcer from the stage made provocative statements. When participants responded with a murmur to one of his statements, he said to them: â€œMumtaz Qadri expressed his love for the Holy Prophet (pbuh) by shooting a blasphemer, and you cannot raise slogans with full throats in love for the Prophet (pbuh).â€ Marking the moment At 4:25pm, participants celebrated Taseerâ€™s assassination by standing up, raising their hands and reinforcing promises to follow Qadri against every â€œblasphemerâ€. â€œWe pay tribute to Qadri who has remained firm on his stance since he shot Taseer dead,â€ said Allama Muhammad Nawaz Bashir Jalali. â€œBy taking this step, he has become well-known the world over.â€ â€œThis is the day to renew our promises to defend the revered status of prophethood. Taseerâ€™s murder is purely according to Islamic injunctions,â€ said Pir Atharul Qadri, accusing Taseer of committing â€œunislamicâ€ deeds. â€œWhoever commits blasphemy, his tongue should be snatched.â€ Habibulah Saeedi, a lawyer who had showered rose petals on Qadri when he arrived for his trial in Rawalpindi, also addressed participants. â€œThe legal fraternity is in favour of Qadri and his slogan will continue to resonate in courtrooms.â€ â€œMalik Ishaq who has killed dozens of Muslims has been released. Why canâ€™t Qadri be released?â€ said SICâ€™s Mujahid Abdul Rasool, who said that they will wage a war against PML-N, PPP, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Lashkar-e-Taiba who are against the SIC. Dr Raghib Naeemi said â€˜true loversâ€™ of the holy prophet (pbuh) will continue to eliminate blasphemers, regardless of international condemnation. Resolution Participants adopted a resolution which demanded presidential clemency for Qadri and punishment for Christian woman Aasia Bibi whose death row for blasphemy Taseer had opposed. The resolution also demanded permanent closure of Nato supplies and US evacuation of all airbases, including those in Jacobabad and Pasni. It demanded that killers of Dr Sarfaraz Naeemi and attackers of shrines be brought to book. The resolution also condemned the Ahmadiyya community as enemies of Pakistan and demanded that they be removed from key government posts. The resolution also demanded a free, fair and impartial investigation into the Memogate scandal and treason charges for those responsible. @holy gun logic ki Rakhi Sawant. WTF!!!