Death Sentence in Slaying of Pakistani Governor

From the New York Times:

“Today’s judgment is a positive development whereby norms of justice have prevailed. Pakistan cannot be allowed to become a vigilante society and the state – its judges and prosecutors – need to uphold the law,” said Raza Rumi, a political analyst and columnist in the eastern city of Lahore.

“However, the saga is far from over due to the various appeals that will be filed and the political mobilization that may be undertaken by right wing parties who support Qadri”, Mr. Rumi said. “Local media’s muted coverage of the sentence is reflective of the fear factor and the polarization within the society which includes media personnel.”

The killing of Mr. Taseer highlighted the deep and dangerous polarization that exists in Pakistani society.

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