Mumtaz Qadri claimed to have killed the Governor because Taseer spoke in defense of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death.
13 Facts About Mumtaz Qadri
Mumtaz Qadri was convicted by the Islamabad High Court, sentenced to death and hanged in February 2016.
Mumtaz Qadri was a son of a vegetable seller in Muslim Town, Rawalpindi.
Mumtaz Qadri joined the Punjab Police in 2002 and was promoted to the Elite Police in 2007.
Mumtaz Qadri, who was there in the capacity of Taseer's bodyguard, shot Taseer 28 times and killed him.
Mumtaz Qadri surrendered immediately after the shooting and was arrested.
Mumtaz Qadri appeared in court on 9 January 2011 and confessed that he had killed Salman Taseer because of his speaking against the blasphemy law.
Mumtaz Qadri was charged with the murder of the Governor of the Punjab.
Mumtaz Qadri filed an appeal in Islamabad High Court on 6 October 2011 against his death sentence, and the appeal was admitted on 11 October 2011.
The funeral of Mumtaz Qadri was held on 1 March 2016 at Liaqat National Bagh in Rawalpindi.
Mumtaz Qadri was buried in the Bara Kahu district of Islamabad.
The adulation that Mumtaz Qadri received following his execution was compared to that given to Ilm-ud-din, who murdered a book publisher in 1929.
Mumtaz Qadri's execution has become a rallying point for Pakistan's Barelvis and some Sufis.