ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The judge who sentenced to death the killer of Salmaan Taseer on Tuesday failed to show up at work and may be transferred after his courtroom was ransacked.
Judge Pervez Ali Shah on Saturday convicted police bodyguard Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri over the January 4 assassination of Salmaan Taseer. Qadri said he killed Taseer over the politicians opposition to blasphemy laws.
On Monday, dozens of furious lawyers ransacked Shahs courtroom, smashing windows to protest against the judgement.
After yesterdays protest and the attack on his office, the judge is not attending his office, Malik Khalid Jawad, president of the district bar association in Rawalpindi, told AFP.
Asked about media reports that Shah has gone on indefinite leave, Khalid said: What I know is that he is not coming to his office. The bar has also requested his transfer because it can create a law and order situation.
Lawyer Farooq Sulehria confirmed Mondays attack and said lawyers would boycott Shahs court because of the 'unacceptable sentencing. Shah heard the Qadri case behind closed doors in the high-security Adiyala prison, largely in order to protect proceedings from protests and attacks.