Son of murdered Pakistani liberal outraged as cleric who inspired assassin is allowed to speak in UK

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Shahbaz Taseer pictured with father Salman Taseer.

Source: International Business Times

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The son of a liberal Pakistani politician murdered for his moderate views has criticised Home Secretary Theresa May for allowing a radical Islamist cleric, who inspired the assasin, to enter the UK to preach.

Mufti Muhammad Hanif Qureshi spoke at a Luton mosque on Thursday May 4 as part of an event at the Jamia Islamia Ghousia Trust. A spokesman for the mosque confirmed Mufti Qureshi had made a “very, very impressive” speech to an audience of hundreds.

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Mufti Muhammad Hanif Qureshi

In 2011 politician Salmaan Taseer, who opposed Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy laws, was shot dead by his bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri. After his arrest, Qadri claimed he had been inspired to act by a 2010 sermon delivered by Mufti Qureshi in Rawalpindi, in which the cleric branded the likes of Taseer as liable to be killed under Islamic law.

Qureshi was arrested after Taseer’s murder, but was not charged and subsequently released on bail. Qadri was sentenced to death for the murder, but in public sermons Qureshi continued to defend the assassin before he was hung in January 2016.

The home secretary can stop people entering the UK if she believes there is a threat to national security, public order or the safety of citizens.

Taseer’s son, Shehryar, criticised UK authorities for allowing Qureshi to visit.

“He has in particular incited Mumtaz Qadri to murder my father. There is footage of that.

“What annoys me is how easy it is for him to manipulate the system, and I see him doing the same thing in going to the UK. He is not going there for a vacation, I am sure about that.”

He said it was urgent the Home Office ban him travelling to Britain because of growing sectarianism in the UK “and growing trouble and violence in Europe as well. When someone gets a visa to the UK it is pretty easy to get visas to other big countries as well. These people should be confined. Why is this man allowed to travel abroad?”

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