Pakistan hangs man who killed governor over call to reform blasphemy law

Reuters News
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Posted: Feb 28, 2016 9:24 PM

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan on Monday executed a man who shot and killed the governor of Punjab province over his call to reform the country's strict blasphemy laws, which carry a death sentence for insulting Islam, police and television said.

Authorities nationwide were on alert in anticipation of protests by those who consider Mumtaz Qadri a hero who defended Islam with the killing, Geo TV reported.

"At 4:35 a.m., Qadri was sent to the gallows," a senior police officer told Reuters by telephone on Monday. He requested anonymity because of the controversy surrounding the case.

(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)