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Pakistani governor assassinated by bodyguard

Politician’s opposition to blasphemy law cited as possible motive


 

The governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was shot and killed by a member of his own security force in Islamabad’s Khosar market. A senior member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, Taseer faced threats from religious fundamentalists following his outspoken petitioning against the country’s blasphemy law and his efforts to have Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, pardoned after being sentenced to death under the law. The suspect in the shooting, Malik Mumtaz Hussein Qadri, was quoted on Pakistan’s Dunya television saying, “Salman Taseer is a blasphemer and this is punishment for a blasphemer.” The assassination of Taseer, one of Pakistan’s most important political figures and a close ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, could have serious consequences. The Pakistani government, already plunged in political crisis, is in the midst of difficult negotiations with opposition parties in an effort to establish a parliamentary majority. Taseer’s killing has the potential to seriously hinder any such progress.

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Pakistani governor assassinated by bodyguard

  1. What a sad and hopeless country.

  2. Pakistan is a nation of Islamist barbarians, where the minuscule educated liberals like Salman Taseer would be systematically eliminated by the mullah-military nexus. In Pakistan religious intolerance will reign supreme as ever……. ! This is the same Pakistan that has been using terror against India since 1989 and always had the backing of the UK-US-Canada alliance vis-a-vis progressive, tolerant and democratic India.

  3. Islam…the Religion of Peace. Sure it is.

  4. Why on earth would a moderate have a fundamentalist body guard? Don't they check up on these things before they hire them? It'd be like Obama having someone from the White Power movement on his personal Secret Service team.

  5. The beginning of the end for pakistan.

  6. All the people who can get out of the country will now do so.
    Those who cannot, have to remain remain silent.
    The fanatics will be in power soon.

    • The religious fanatics in Pakistan have a very powerful ally in the Pakistani army … !

  7. Reminds me of germany in the 1930's.

  8. I have to restructure my previous comment,
    "The charlatans will soon be in power".

    • instead of a coup-d"etat..he probably wanted to do liek the bodyguard of Kabila in Congo…
      then the so called "kadogo" ended up a high rank in the amry!
      Hopeless

  9. There are muslims now that are so sick with the violence that permeates in many muslim sects that they are leaving their religion in numbers. Many muslims are denouncing Christians for "would be" but cancelled burning of Quran yet it ends up its Muslims themselves that are finally burning Quran (fed up?). Watch students in Iran burned Quran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv4r_zKVTVo

  10. I'm still waiting for Emily to show up and explain how it's all the fault of the Christians… surely residual effects of the Crusades?

    • That strikes me as somewhat masochistic.

      • LOL!