Tuesday's intriguing people
Accused killer and Pakistani bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri, wearing garland, addresses a crowd outside court after an appearance.
January 11th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Mumtaz Qadri

He did it all in the name of fighting blasphemy.

Qadri's supporters consider him a hero for defending Islam. His home is now a shrine, and he was been showered with rose petals by lawyers when he appeared in court, according to the Washington Post.

Monday, the 26-year-old policeman pleaded guilty in a Pakistani court to murdering Salman Taseer, Punjab’s provincial governor.

Qadri said he killed Taseer because of the governor’s opposition to Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which dictates that criticism of the Prophet Mohammed is a capital crime. Thousands of people have demonstrated in support of the law and at the rallies, banners supporting Qadri have been present.

"Mumtaz Qadri sacrificed himself to protect the sanctity of our prophet, and every one of us here is ready to do the same thing," a seminary student and protester told the Washington Post.

The assassination, which has sparked outrage from some, also has "quickly united and emboldened a broad spectrum of Islamic groups," according to the Washington Post.

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