On Sunday over 100 Norwegian Muslims demonstrated in order to show their support for the Islamist Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered a governor that wanted to remove the death penalty for blasphemy in Pakistan.
Qadri was recently executed in Pakistan, having been sentenced to death for the murder of the liberal governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer.
According to the newspaper Aftenposten, more than a hundred people took to the streets on Sunday at Frogner in Oslo, where the Pakistani embassy is located, to show their support for the killer. Some of the placards carried by the protesters had the words in Urdu: “In the Prophet’s service even death is acceptable”
A number of Norwegian Muslims have reacted with disbelief to the demonstration in social media.
– If the demonstration had been about opposition to the death penalty it would have been understandable. But this is about paying tribute to him and treating him like a hero. I think that’s shameful, Basim Ghozlan, from the Rabita Mosque and one of those who have criticized the demonstration on social media, says.
The organization Muslim Education and Welfare Forum is behind the demonstration. Aftenposten tried to get in touch with leader Syed Farasat Ali Bukhari on both Monday and Tuesday without any luck.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today