"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity".
(surah Al-Imran,ayat-104)
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Full Name: Riaz Jafri
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Qadri and  Qatl


Mumtaz Qadri committed a premeditated murder in broad daylight witnessed by many including police officials. He confessed his heinous crime without any duress or coercion in a proper court of law and was sentenced to death by an authorised adjudicator after due legal process.


An uproar against the judgement by the Islamists was quite expected, but what I fail to understand is how could the lawyer community take part in such protestation and rally on the roads against the verdict?  Was there any legal obligation not observed during the trial, or, was there any miscarriage of the judgement at any stage for which the Black Coats were registering their protest?  Or, do they want that the law should not take its course and a murderer be not punished by a court of law?  Or, are they pressurising the judiciary to not carry out its duties which does not make any sense to me? I thought lawyers were there to assist the courts in administering justice and not to hamper and impede its work and duties.    


A convict has the right to appeal and lawyers could assist him in that if they wished so.  They can and should fight the battle legally in the proper court rooms and not on the streets. Who should know more about this most fundamental statute than the lawyers themselves that the proper course of action is to argue a case in the court than parade in public in favour of a condemned assassin?


Col.Riaz Jafri (Retd)

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