Blasphemy in Pakistan: Why do some see Mumtaz Qadri as a hero? – BBC Newsnight



Blasphemy is one of the most emotive issues in the Muslim world – particularly in Pakistan where it’s legally punishable by death. Though no-one there has been executed for it, many accused of it have been lynched. Mumtaz Qadri killed a politician who simply spoke out against the blasphemy law, and remains a hero to many. Qadri was executed by the Pakistani state for the killing a year ago today. Secunder Kermani went along to the events commemorating him – to try and explore what’s behind his popularity and what it tells us about Pakistani society.

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