MULTAN - Through a unanimous declaration, thousands of participants of Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Conference demanded the government on Wednesday to release Mumtaz Qadri, assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, or get ready to face a countrywide movement. The conference was organised by Tehreek Hurmat-e-Rasool and a large number of participants belonging to different religious outfits participated in it. The conference was addressed by Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, JUP President Dr Abu Alkhair Muhammad Zubair, Qari Yaqoob Sheikh of Tehreek Hurmat-e-Rasool, Mufti Hidayat Ullah Pasroori of JUP, Qari Zawar Bahadur and others. The speakers hurled a serious warning to the government, saying the law and order situation could deteriorate seriously if Mumtaz Qadri was executed. They pointed out that the penalty for desecration of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was death and therefore Mumtaz Qadri discharged his religious duty. They said that the followers of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) would stop the government by force if it tried to implement the sentence. They said that anti-Islam powers were proactive in entire world and they committed a number of satanic acts to tease the Muslims. They said that the western powers launched a series of highly condemnable criminal acts in terms of satanic caricatures and articles. "Now their agents had started joining hands with them. The killing of such elements is mandatory to thwart the ugly designs of enemies of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)" they added. They asked the government to enact new laws to prevent everyone from committing blasphemy in the name of freedom of expression. They warned that hundreds of thousands of faithful were ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of this sacred cause. Earlier, leaders of different religious parties arrived at the pandal for the conference along with rallies. The participants of the rallies were holding placards and banners inscribed with their demand regarding immediate release of Mumtaz Qadri. Strict security arrangements were made on this occasion to avert any untoward incident as heavy police contingents were deployed at the spot. Mepco nabs 5,788 pilferers: The Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) has caught 5,788 power pilferers red-handed during first quarter of the ongoing financial year and imposed fine worth Rs83.8 million on them. The Mepco sources disclosed that total fine money, about Rs30 million is recovered while action is underway to realize the remaining amount. The surveillance teams of Mepco caught 4258 domestic consumers while stealing electricity and imposed fine worth Rs46.6 million on them. Similarly, Rs6 million fine was imposed on 354 commercial consumers, Rs17.4 million on 42 industrial consumers, Rs12.8 million on 1104 tube-well consumers and Rs8.44 lac on three others. 6391 New Connections: The Mepco Multan circle has issued 6391 new connections during the last month (September). According to details, as many as 5831 connections are given under domestic category, 495 commercial, 48 industrial, 16 tube-well and one other. Out of total, at least 619 connections are given by Mepco Cantt. Division, 2743 Mumtazabad, 733 City, Khanewal 667, Mian channu 737, Shujabad 310 and Moosa Pak 582. 10 workers punished Meanwhile, the the superintending engineer of Mepco Multan circle Saed Ahmad Malik has handed punishment to 10 workers on various offences. According to details, line superintendent-11 Khanewal first sub division Hafeez ur Rehman's current scale is demoted two steps for next two years while seven other line superintendents and two meter supervisors are issued warning notices.