Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Sunday conducted the trial of the police guard who assassinated Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The court also recorded the testimony of four witnesses, including a doctor and three policemen.

Judge Raja Ikhlaq Hussain conducted proceedings within the heavily guarded Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi for security reasons. The statements of Muhammad Rashid, the doctor who conducted Taseer's autopsy, Assistant Sub-Inspectors Sardar Hussain and Muhammad Iftikhar and Constable Abdul Rahim were recorded.

After recording the testimony of the witnesses, the judge adjourned the matter till March 5. Special Public Prosecutor Saif-ul-Malook was present during the hearing.

Police guard Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri was charged with terrorism and murder after he gunned down Taseer at Kohsar Market in Islamabad on January 4.

Qadri told investigators he was angered by Taseer's opposition to the blasphemy law and his support for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death last year for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

The court will record the statements of other witnesses during the next hearing.

(Agency)