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Salman Taseer Assassination

07 January, 2011

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The Governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated by his own security guard, a commando of the Punjab Elite Force, in Kohsar Market, F-6/3, Islamabad, on 04 January, 2010.


The Elite Force gunman Mumtaz Qadri opened fire on Governor Salman Taseer when he was about to get into his vehicle after having coffee at a shop located in Kohsar Market. Constable Mumtaz Qadri calmly accepted that he had decided to kill the governor because he believed that the governor had committed blasphemy by rescuing Aasia Bibi from police custody.


  • In your opinion, did Salman Taseer commit Blasphemy?
  • Do you think, there was a conspiracy to topple government as per Babar Awan said?
  • The whole incident needs your esteem and condolence comments...
  • Reader Comments:

    I don't think this was blasphemy

    I don't think this was blasphemy

    Quratulain Qasim, Pakistan - 07 January, 2011

    Malghoon

    Not only other like him must be killed years ago.

    zafar, Pakistan - 08 January, 2011

    Islam is committed to protect the weak. If you are a good muslim you should always protect the weak.
    Actually Islam came as a revolt and its first adherents were those on the margins of the society and the minority groups. I think the killer committed blasphemy,he killed a elected ruler and Governor and hence by spreading Fitna in the land.

    Tariq Kamal Sami, United Kingdom - 08 January, 2011

    Internal Muslim Matter

    No Christian, Jew, or a Hindu, has the right to interfere in this matter. They should keep their mouths shut, and mind their own business.

    Hammad Sethi, Pakistan - 09 January, 2011

    More of the usual

    Mr. Taseer simply expressed an opinion.

    For that he is shot?

    Ayasha, United Kingdom - 09 January, 2011

    What Really Matters

    We have to keep in mind that there is corruption in Pakistan, and there is a problem with proper implementation of any law. We should also keep in mind that in the last 65 years Indian Hindus were persecuting Christians in India on a daily basis, raping and burning nuns alive all the time. But Vatican, or USA, or EU, or UK, never uttered a word against India. Instead India was praised for all the Indian secular, democratic, and liberal virtues, coupled with all the so-called freedom. India was offered all the privileges in the name of secularism, democracy, and freedom, and it still is, because Hindus particularly hate Muslims. The truth is that Western secularism, democracy, and freedom, was always a lie, and Western political and international affairs were always being conducted on the grounds of religion. Hindus and Sikhs hate Muslims, and India can never manage to compete against the Vatican, so nobody ever questioned why it was persecuting Christians in India. Muslim world is a potential competitor of the Catholic world, so Western policies are geared towards containing the development of the Muslims. The reason for Vatican's interest in Pakistan's blasphemy laws and Pakistani Christians is not the welfare of Christians, or to smooth relations with a Muslim country, but to be able to become a leader of all Christians to enable the Catholics to run the affairs in Europe and America, and lead the non-catholic Christians to where ever Vatican wants them, and to undermine the sovereignty of a Muslim country, and to create discord within Muslims. Muslim leaders should stick together and unashamedly protect the interests of the Muslims, because no matter what Muslims do, the Christian animosity towards Muslims is not going to diminish, but if Muslims are fully united, then Christians will start taking the Muslims seriously.

    Hammad Sethi, Pakistan - 11 January, 2011

    in favour of governer

    he told in a program that his habit is to read darood 4 complete 1 hour so he can't be charged with the sin of blesphemy.i am very sorry 4 his death.

    rabia, Pakistan - 12 January, 2011

    NO BLASPHEMY

    IT WAS STUPIDITY OF A FANATIC TO KILL INOCENT PERSON. THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE WANT TO DISTROY PAKISTAN.

    S.D.GILL, Pakistan - 13 January, 2011

    not blasphamy

    The religious fascist parties are hoodwinking pakistanis and inciting the mob. Islam is tolerance peace and loving your fellow human beings

    mohammed hanif, United Arab Emirates - 13 January, 2011

    Very sad indeed. In the name a prophet who brought us a message peace to humanity mullahs have killed yet another innocent man. What did Salman do? All he asked for a law to be reviewed so innocent are not victimized.Our politcal leaders are cowards. They are trying to color it in political term instead of calling the mullahs to mat.

    Sata, Pakistan - 16 January, 2011

    only missusing our youngs

    it is not a blasphemy, its only mindwashed of gaurd at religious base. sulman was good mind for pakistan. some ppl says that why he went to jail for blasphemous woman, i want to ask such people the lawyer of Dr afia siddiqui is also christian so why the christian not blame at Charless swift for shoot at the sight..think creat tolerance in ur mind. Dont misuse our pure religon islam.

    Muhammad Imran, Pakistan - 18 January, 2011

    BLASPHEMY LAW

    I AGREE WITH QASIM,GOV SALAMAN TASEER DID NOT COMMIT ANY BLASPHEMY,IT'S JUST THAT TERE IS NO LAW IN PAKISTAN IT'S A LAWLESS COUNTRY.THEGOVERNMENT IS GUTLESS,IF THEY WOULD HAVE AGREED WITH GOV OF PUNJAB THEN THEY WOULD LOOSE THE GOVERNMENT, EVERY ONE IS COMMING OUT AND SAYING, THAT THEY CANNOT CHANGED THE BLASPHEMY LAW. INCLUDING THE EX PRESDENT MUSHARAF AS HE KNOWS THAT IF HE AGREES TO CHANGE THE B/LAW THEN HE CANNOT ENTER PAKISTAN , AS HE WANTS TO COME IN 2013 TO PAKISTAN,FOR THE ELECTIONS.
    THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF SPEACH, IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH SOME THING,AND HAVE DIFFERNT OPENION, IN PAKISTAN YOU ARE COMMITING BLASPHEMY, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE MENTELETY OF, EVEN THE LAW MAKERS THE LAWERS AND THE JUDGES . HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN THE GLASS HOUSE AND THROUH STONES TO PERSON OUT SIDE, HOW CAN YOU JUMP IN THE WATER WITH CROCERDILE. IT WOULD BE SUSIDEL, SO THE MINORITES THE CHRISTIAN'S LIVING IN PAKISTAN COMMIT BLASPHEMY. THE ONLY, REASON I CAN COME UP WITH IS, THAT THE MOULVIES, SUCH LIKE MOULANA FAZLUR REHMAN,ARE PREACHING HATRED IN THE NAME OF ISLAM.FOR THIER BENFIT, NOTHING MORE,THE NAME REHMAN(RAHEEM MERCIFUL FORGIVING PEACEFUL)IN MY LANGUAGE OR ACCORDING TO MY BELIFE.
    AFTER READING THIS YOU MAY NOT PRINT THIS AS INYOUR OPENION I HAVE COMMITED BLASPHEMY AGAIST YOUR BELIFE.
    THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY, IT IS YOUR PROGOTIVE TO PUPLISH MY OPENION OR NOT,
    EX-PAKISTANI AND PROUD TO CALL MYSELF PAKISTANI CHRISTIAN.

    Ernest Bowen, Pakistan - 18 January, 2011

    NO BLASPHEMY

    I ALSO DON'T THINK WAS BLASPHEM. A BRIGHT STAR OF PAK SHOT DOWN, GRAT LOSE FOR GREAT COUNTY.

    F.GILL, Pakistan - 19 January, 2011

    May Allah SWT guide us all

    May be its the right time to learn some lesson from this incident. I don't condemn this incident neither support this act because what ST has been saying was all in favor of that Christian women and he was hitting the law it was not blasphemy. At the same time, why Mr. Governor representing and protecting a christian women when our so called allies have been so much biased toward Dr. Aafia. So it was the best time to make the deal on this occasion like you free our sister Dr. Aafia and we will set Miss Aasia free. Because in this way we could save couple of lives but unfortunately our brain slaved Governor can't make decision on his own and now what happened ???
    Once again I still don't support the killing of ST but he was the only person to make that deal possible if he got the guts but I'm sorry to say that he did what the Mr. President ordered him to do and we all know from where he get the orders!

    Regards,
    Maulana Musharraf

    Musharraf, Pakistan - 19 January, 2011

    Alhumdulillah

    Aasia bibi did it or not, Salman was wrong by passing comments about the law. Alhumdulillah someone with courage, removed his filthy face from the face of the earth.

    Kamran, San Marino - 20 January, 2011

    yes

    yes he did blasphemy but must be brought to court

    ali, Pakistan - 20 January, 2011

    not blasphemy

    In the name of Allah we should all strongly condemn such actions and behaviors of individuals. No one person has right to judge another person; let this matter be decided by the God Almighty.

    ahmed, Pakistan - 25 January, 2011

    No Blasphemy

    every one has right to say his/her views. I think no Muslim has right to murder the other muslim. By the grace of Allah we are muslim nation, if people feel salman did wrong, then the thing should come in the court.

    uzma, Pakistan - 25 January, 2011

    Pluralism

    Dear Internal Muslim matter:

    I am used to freedom of religion and I grew up in a pluralistic society where all cultures are are accepted - except by a few bigots which every country has. I also grew up where freedom of speech is just a way of life. I'm not used to having to watch everything I say.

    Therefore, I can't understand why you request that some of us keep our mouth shut and mind our own business.

    I may not know what blasphemy is, in the context of your religion, but I do know that Mr. Taseer merely expressed an opinion and for that he was shot.

    I also know that shooting someone for stating an opinion is wrong...










    Ayasha, United Kingdom - 02 February, 2011

    Knowing what's right or wrong

    I do not know much about the Islamic Religion, that's true.

    But I do know it is wrong to shoot a person - especially when they are merely expressing an opinion...

    Ayasha, United Kingdom - 02 February, 2011

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