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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Exclusive, Mr.Salaman Taseer Assassinated In Islamabad -By: Sana Naseer Shaikh
Salaman Taseer, a big business industrialist, chartered accountant, and the governor of Pakistan’s largest province Punjab.This is no country for daring men. In the days to come, people will try to make intellect of the unimaginable: that a person was killed because he spoke out beside a law that is used to kill those whose verbal communication and proceedings don’t meet the support of zealots. I have no expressions of insight to put forward, not exactly at this moment. No judgment that can give explanation how we have come to this.
Mr Taseer, a leading member of the Pakistan People’s Party, was gunshot when getting into his car at a market. Taseer received 40 bullets of sub machinegun from a close range and he died within minutes,” police official said. “Fourteen bullets pierced through his body and 26 remained within,” added doctors at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) in the initial post-mortem report.se, I just spent hours staring at the television screen, alternately shocked and furious and always stunned. The Security Gurad confessed that he killed governor Punjab as he termed the Blasphemy Law as Black Law. Pakistani news channels reported that police arrested one of Taseer’s guards, who purportedly confessed that he was annoyed by Taseer’s recent public approval of a pardon for a Christian woman sentenced to bereavement for blasphemy.
On the other hand, there were over 2,000 ‘likes’ for the page that paints this murderer as a hero, a holy combatant and a defender of Islam. The side view content on the page reads as follows: ‘We support the action of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri and want the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take immediate action against his arrest and order to free him.
However, by midnight, the page had been struck down by Facebook but six other groups had sprung up. A message on a page called Ghazi Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri urged people to make groups as many times as others reported it. By the filing of this report, 135 people had already joined the group while 392 people had joined another group.
On the previous to page, not including for one or two exceptions, the posts hail Qadri as a ‘ghazi’ (holy warrior), pray for his ascension to heaven and call for others to follow in his footprints. Additional than a few of the remarks call for President Zardari’s guards to act in the similar mode. One advertisement curses the media for reporting Taseer’s death as if he were a willing victim. Fascinatingly, the alike person, whose profile says he is a student in a leading Karachi university, lists his favourite singer as Enrique Iglesias and his favourite movie as Titanic. The posters, most of whom (based on their profile information and language) are either resident or refugee Pakistanis, are devastatingly male and across the world ecstatic at the cruel assassination.
Salmaan Taseer’s own facebook status has now been updated to read: ‘R.I.P. Lion of the Punjab Salmaan Taseer (31 May 1944 – 04 Jan 2011)… Innalillahe wa inna ilaihi rajiun’, but what is really conspicuous is what the late Taseer lists as his favourite quote: “How can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the honour of his country and the temple of his gods”.
Pay no attention to those who will bring up any of Salmaan Taseer’s flaws. Now is not the moment. Whatever flaws or foibles he may have had only show that he was human being. Salmaan Taseer wasn’t killed because of politics. He was murdered in cold blood because of who he represented: innocent men and women who try to speak out aligned with the evil that lurks among us.
The Punjab government also damned the killing and announced a public holiday in the province on Wednesday to mourn the tragedy. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif offered condolences to the PPP and Taseer’s family.