Salmaan Taseer assassinated

Published: January 4, 2011

A plain-clothed policeman cordons off the site where the governor of Punjab province Salmaan Taseer was shot dead. PHOTO: REUTERS

The body of the governor of Punjab province Salmaan Taseer is carried out of a hospital after he was shot dead in Islamabad January 4, 2011. PHOTO: AFP The security guard accused of gunning down governor Punjab. PHOTO: ONLINE Policemen secure the site of a fatal attack on Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, by his bodyguard in Islamabad on January 4, 2011. PHOTO: AFP A plain-clothed policeman cordons off the site where the governor of Punjab province Salmaan Taseer was shot dead. PHOTO: REUTERS Arrested sits in a police van at the site of a fatal attack on Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, by his bodyguard in Islamabad on January 4, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Arrested suspect sits in a police van at the site of a fatal attack on Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, by his bodyguard in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP The governor was fired upon and killed by his guard.

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was attacked and killed in a firing incident in Islamabad’s Kohsar market on Tuesday.

The late governor was shot in Kohsar Market by one of his security guards, an elite force personnel, who has been identified as Malik Mumtaz Hussain.

A spokesperson of the Polyclinic Hospital confirmed that the governor had been hit by 25 bullets, while witnesses at the site said that he had died on the spot.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik revealed that the arrested man had admitted to the murder and ruled out inadequate security as a possible cause of the attack.

The federal government has announced a three day mourning period.

The funeral will be held at the Governor’s House tomorrow (Wednesday).

End of live updates

8:30pm

Government of Punjab announces public holiday tomorrow (Wednesday).

PPP leader Raja Riaz will be making arrangements for the funeral to be held at Governor’s House.

7:25pm

Protests are being taken out in different parts of Punjab.

A three member panel has been formed to perform Taseer’s autopsy.

Registrar Lahore High Court has announced that all courts in Punjab will remain closed tomorrow.

6:55pm

President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the assassination of Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer today and directed the Interior Minister Rehman Malik to personally supervise the investigations and report to him urgently.

Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that President was informed about the tragic assassination during a meeting of the PPP MPAs of four districts in the Bilawal House after which all the meetings scheduled for today were postponed to a later date.

The President also directed the Party leadership that the birthday functions in connection with Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s 83rd birth anniversary on Wednesday be limited only to holding of seminars at district, divisional and provincial levels without fanfare and without cake cutting ceremonies. Quran Khwani for Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Salmaan Taseer will also be held on Wednesday as part of the birth anniversary functions of Party’s founding Chairman, he said.

The President also asked the Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and MNA Faryal Talpur to participate in the funeral on his behalf. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will also participate in the funeral.

6:10pm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik says the first point of investigation will be to find out whether the suspect Qadri carried out the attack as part of a larger plot or on his own.

Malik confirmed the suspect, Qadri is twenty six-years-old.

In life, Salmaan Taseer was never afraid of controversy and was never one to remain silent even when his stance on issues like militancy and the blasphemy law brought the venom of the right wing pouring on to him. Zarrar Khuhro

5:55pm

Government announced three day country-wide mourning period.

Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz sharif has arrived at the hospital.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik says investigation has been ordered into how the assassin Qadri was selected for the security of the governor.

5:40pm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that all personnel of the governor’s security convoy have been arrested.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has announced a two week mourning period. All functions of the party have been postponed.

5:30pm

All VIP functions are under threat says Interior Minister Rehman Malik, adding that, “our colleagues criticise us when we increase vip security”.

Governor Taseer was killed to destabilise Pakistan say MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.

One of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s last tweets online:

Mera azm itna bulund hae Parae sholon se dar nahin. Mujhe dar hae tu atish e gul se hae Ye kahin chaman ko jala na dein

5:25pm

According to Syed Ali reporting for Express 24/7, the arrival of a huge crowd of people to Polyclinic is causing chaos at the hospital and preventing Governor Punjab’s body from being moved to PIMS for a post-mortem.

5:15pm

The name of the guard who carried out the attack has been confirmed as Mumtaz Qadri.

Saba Imtiaz: According to Rehman Malik, Salmaan Taseer’s guard shot him because he called the blasphemy laws a ‘kala qanoon‘.

5:10pm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik will head the enquiry into Governor Punjab’s assassination.

Karachi has been put on high alert after the attack.

5:06pm

Syed Ali reporting for Express 24/7 confirmed that Governor Punjab has been pronounced dead. Initial reports suggest Taseer received a critical injury in his neck.

5:03pm

The Governor of Punjab was leaving his residence in Islamabad when one of his guards shot him in the chest.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani have condoled over the death of the Punjab Governor.

An eyewitness, while speaking to the police, has provided his account of how the gunman aimed at Taseer and shot him.

5:00pm

The alleged suspect ‘Qadri’ was allegedly part of Rawalpindi’s elite force, Express 24/7 reported.

The suspect is being held and interrogated by Rawalpindi police.

4:50pm

The hospital says the Governor received nine bullets.

4:48pm

Attackers were part of the governor’s convoy, witnesses say.

4:46pm

Police source say they have arrested a suspect in the attack.

Zulfiqar Mirza, Sindh Home Minister Qaim Ali Shah, as well as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shahbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack.

4:30pm

The governor died on the spot, according to governor house spokesman Farrukh Shah.

According to initial reports, unidentified persons fired upon the governor’s convoy and he was shifted to the Polyclinic hospital for treatment.

Witnesses said that two uniformed personnel attacked him.

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Reader Comments (214)

  • SA
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:35PM
  • Ain
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:38PM

    May his soul rest in peace. My sympathies with Taseer’s family.Recommend

  • saleem muhammad
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Ina Lillahi wa inna elahi rajioon. very sadRecommend

  • omer
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:43PM

    i feel sorry for governor and his family. may his soul rest in peace.
    i guess he was punished over blasphemy issue. i feel sorry to call myself a Pakistani. a country where every voice which is against mullah brigade is eliminated. a country where no one knows the meaning of tolerance. a country where there is no concept as free speech.
    i guess time is not far when this God forsaken country would be in a blood bath. we are fast running towards our end.
    R.I.P Mr. Taseer.Recommend

  • Noreen Shams
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:45PM

    hmm related to Aasiya BB caseRecommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:46PM

    Sad! Here goes one more sane man.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:50PM

    Aww, RIP,Allah hosla n sabar ata karay is k ghar walo ko AameenRecommend

  • Talha
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:51PM

    I am shocked and infuriated.

    A man who actually spoke for the persecuted has been killed by the very men who are supposed to defend this nation.

    I do not know what will happen to this country.

    Rest in Peace, Governor of Punjab.Recommend

  • Amadeus
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:54PM
  • SherY
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:56PM

    Inna lillahey Wa inna Ilehey rajeeon

    Why the attacker was killed as well.. why he was not arrested to know why he killed taseer, or who backed him to kill taseer?Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 4:57PM

    Shocked, livid, filled with remorse. Salmaan Taseer, regardless of if you agreed with his views, was a man of courage who put action behind conviction. His stand against the blasphemy law was nothing short of heroic in the face of right wing pressure to back down. He died standing up for our minorities. Rest in peace, Mr. Taseer, you will be sourly missed.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:58PM

    A very shocking, tragic and disturbing incident.
    May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Junaid
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:58PM

    now i would be more vocal against these bas?ar? mullah and thought process.Recommend

  • moeed
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:59PM

    very sadRecommend

  • Javeria Nauman
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:59PM

    Ina Lillahi wa inna elahi rajioonRecommend

  • parvez
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:00PM

    How many more will they have to kill before we wake up and realise that they are killing us.Recommend

  • ammara
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:03PM

    a sad tragic incident may his soul rests in peace…our nation lost a brave leaderRecommend

  • hell to all mullahs
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:03PM

    He was one of the best most forward looking politician and . May allah rest him in peace. Why not a single mullah is killed as of today ? we will be as same as Afganistan may be worse.Recommend

  • Nadir El Edroos
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:03PM

    And to think that someone actualy believes that murdering someone is gping to “Protect” the Holy Prophets honour. Can we know act against those who gun us down in the street or is defying america more important than prortecting Pakistani citizens? oh wait, perhaps we shpuld consider the mossad-raw links? Afterall musalman tau aisa kabhi nahi kar saktai!Recommend

  • Amna Khalid
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:04PM

    This is actually very shocking and sad news. RIP Salmaan Taseer.Recommend

  • Zafar Iqbal Zafar ظفراقبال
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:04PM

    A secular voice off ! Recommend

  • sharif uddin
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:05PM

    May his soul rest in peace..very soon mullah brigade will overtake this country.Those who raise voice raise voice for the depressed and poor never ever had survived in this unfortunate country…Recommend

  • TIM
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:06PM

    Its time our nation wakes up before it gets too late. How many of us ever think about our future, because if we did, we will all go out, vote for the right person and not sit in our homes infront of the t.v or computers and just gossip or discuss, all we do is discussions, nothing practical at all.

    Look at the world, how strong the economy of other nations is, and what are we doing to make our country better for our coming generations, killing each other for land, money, and power. Its time to we all step out and do whatever we can for the prosperity of this nation.Recommend

  • PRINCE SHAHRYAR RANA
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:06PM

    he was killed by extremists, 100 %Recommend

  • Aasim
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Elaihi Rajioon….

    another secular assassinated by the ‘gairat bridage’…Recommend

  • shy
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:07PM

    sad n tragic news.Recommend

  • kamlesh AHUJA
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:08PM

    Ya Allah Pakistanio ko apni amman main rakh…..Recommend

  • Emmon Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:08PM

    Well the generals must know, the mullahs have to be vanquished before they bleed Pakistan to death! Next will be these protectors in uniform that will come under the mullah sword!Recommend

  • Sandy
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:09PM

    Very sad Another moderate voice of Pak has scummed to these mullahsRecommend

  • Iqbal+Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:10PM

    What is this country !!!! Murdering people like Salman Taseer who stood against Mullah Brigade !!!!Recommend

  • sajid
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:10PM

    So sad!
    Think about” not only for pakistani governament but also for tha public of pakistan,,,,,,,,,Recommend

  • ASQ
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:11PM

    i think the govt is responsible for his death.no one took notice of the cleric of peshawer announcing reward for killing blasphemer.unless and until gov shows some guts these things gona happen.Recommend

  • Anwar Ahmad
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:12PM

    Horrific incident. SMS are circulating declaring it as God’s wrath on those taking sides with Blasphemer. This is probably another Ilm Din in the making by mullah’s fiery speeches in Aasia’s case. May Almighty Allah protect us from fanatic mullas. Amen.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:14PM

    Why are some blaming Pakistan for this. This is not the first time that a law enforcement agency personnel has assassinated a politician. We all know these type of cases have happened throughout the world. Anwar Sadaat is one example. Who knows why Mr. Taseer was murdered. He had opened several fronts to himself. He was a politician / businessman with several controversies attached to him. We, instead of blaming Pakistan or feeling sorry for being Pakistanis, should be able to have a more mature attitude and go deeper into the route cause instead of giving comments like feeling sorry for being Pakistanis or being pitiful to ourselves / country. Please don’t jump to conclusions, because Islam or Mullah may not be the real reason. Islam should not be brought into every issue. Recommend

  • M.Usman
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:15PM

    very said newsRecommend

  • Umer
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:19PM

    apparently a loud and clear message, Muslim 1st then PakistaniRecommend

  • Hammad Naqvi
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:19PM

    “Allah takes it upon Himself to deal with those who “revile Allah in their ignorance”.
    as Governer defines nd m alwaz in support of this; if v want Blasphemy Law then v must
    knw how to implement it….u can see wht Happened to GOJRA’s Christian Village…wht abt
    Aasia Bibi now who will support her…
    v r all pakistanis…so y r nt v equal….
    if killing is tha solution they every non-muslims nd those who r against ths law mst b killed nd rest (MULLAS or Supporterz of Mullas PML N nd etc) may rule ths country Recommend

  • Noor
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:19PM

    To hell with the Mullahs!Recommend

  • mnkhan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:19PM

    BRUTAL, BARBARIC,——————–SAD DEMISE.————–MAY ALLAH REST HIS SOUL IN PEACE.Recommend

  • F.
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:19PM

    May God save this country.Recommend

  • Amer
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:21PM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Elaihi Rajioon….
    This has gone totally out of hand now. His own body guard killing him is the most horrific thing and there could be alot more then just the Aasia case behind his murder….Recommend

  • Zafar Iqbal Zafar ظفراقبال
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:21PM

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12111831

    Mr Taseer had recently spoken out against the country’s blasphemy law.Recommend

  • Umer
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:22PM

    why to hell with Mullahs? mullah did not kill himRecommend

  • Adil
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:23PM

    No commentsRecommend

  • Azmat
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:25PM

    A stark reminder of how polarized and intolerant the society has becomeRecommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 5:26PM

    A brave man murdered by a cowardly fanatic for speaking out against the unjust and savage blasphemy law.Recommend

  • Ronit
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:27PM

    As an Indian i never liked what Salman Taseer said about India, he was very anti Indian…but being a liberal, he was a sign of hope for Pakistan…seriously very sad…I will miss his insulting(but funny) comments about India on twitter.Recommend

  • Fayaz
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:28PM

    This shows we have NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH in Pakistan.
    Don’t know what should say but today I am ashamed to be a Pakistani!Recommend

  • tahir islam
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:30PM

    May his soul rest in peace. Another tolerant Pakistani becomes the victim of extremism. This is very alarming situation for a society and a country. This shows that difference of opinion is unacceptable in our society. Every true Pakistani is deeply sad on this tragic incident.
    MAY ALLAH HELP US AND GUIDE US IN THIS CRISES. Recommend

  • Shireen Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Devastated by the sad news, he was an amazing, strong person who dared to take on the terrorist fundamentalists, may they all rot. In his honour, we should abolish the blasphemy law. I wish his family strength in this difficult time and would like them to know how much he was admired. Recommend

  • abida hussain
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:32PM

    a moderate voice silenced by the fanatics… we can only pray that may God rest his soul in eternal peace!!!Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Its more upsetting to know about SMSs circulating declaring it as God’s wrath upon those siding with blasphemer. When we learn to tolerate other person’s view. May Allah protect us from Mullah brigade Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 5:34PM

    How long will we let these MULLAHS keep us terrorized?
    How many people have to die to keep these mullahs happy?
    wake up HUMANS!!!Recommend

  • Zakir Hussain
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:34PM

    Now you know why no sane men will talk about the ills of Pakistan or for that matter in any other Islamic country. The moment they talk about intolerance the fanatic Mullahs will order them to be killed.Recommend

  • MiP
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:36PM

    An eminent Alim e Din Munib ur Rehmn (i guess he is or was on Government pay-roll) a few minutes ago on a Tv channel condoled his murder but added “That the Government should tell its higher functionaries not to talk about contentious and sacred RELIGIOUS ISSUES” meanng that any one who speaks up against the “Namoos e Rissalat Brigade” will be murdered … Recommend

  • ASQ
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:37PM

    i wish we showed same sentiments when pakistani muslims were being booked wrongly under blasphemy law.honestly we as a nation r never sincere with any cause.a simple thing and everyone agrees even mullahs that there should be some law to punish who miss uses the law simple as that.having said that the person who killed should be hanged and anyone who incites violence should be put behind bars but its not gona happen.Recommend

  • Talha
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Remove Islam from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan if you want to see this nation live.

    Simple as that. Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Indeed a tragedy…..Recommend

  • saima
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:39PM

    i wish sanity prevails. who ever killed for whatever reason i feel sad. wether the extremists, or business rivials or political rivals who ever were involved. Life of a human being in Pakistan is not worth any thing.

    saimaRecommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 5:40PM

    May Allah save this country.Recommend

  • Anil
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:43PM

    Really Sad,
    @Ronit
    “he was a sign of hope for Pakistan”
    thankyou for your concern, dont worry about us, Recommend

  • Eeman
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Time to hire Atheist body guards. Recommend

  • Aamir
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Christians, Shias, Sunnis, Ahmadiyyahs, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddists, Bahais everyone is being killed here in Pakistan. I wonder when this killing will stop.. No wonder the world treats every pakistani as a terrorist.Recommend

  • Schazad
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:46PM

    I am very very sad but extremely mad about this. He was ray of light for many like me who wants the bigotry and hypocrisy end in our society. A no non sense person and a sane voice has been silenced. If its because of this Kala Kanoon, then I have a voice too. This Kala Kanoon has to go. My vote against this kala kanoon. Indeed a very sad day today.Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 5:49PM

    My extreme condolences with Taseer family. May his soul rest in peace. After all he was one decent governor of Punjab province, a patriot and above all, a human.

    Its high time our God forsaken Government should do something about defining the “taking-of-law-in-your-own-hands” in the name of “blasphemy” … for such brutal acts carried out towards society remain unjustified… and unanswered.

    Heard just now that the authorities have arrested his driver, who felt his “spiritual-ill’ as his utmost ‘duty to Islam’ in order to justify his “kill”. Recommend

  • Fayaz
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:52PM

    I doubt that someone will come from somewhere to save us from ourselves….!Recommend

  • Adil
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Mr Taseer was a man wearing many hats. It’s another Indra Gandhi type assasination where the political leader paid for their bodyguards religous beleifs. In a country like ours where the the majority like 80 to 90% working class like the guards of governer Punjab and all VIPs etc are brought up by the Fundamentalist system goverened by the mullahs. Mr Taseer was either ignorant of this fact or ignored it while paying with his life. As for the peaple feeling sorry for being Pakistanis and stuff, well, i consider it only emotional outbursts while ignoring the ground realities of Pakistan since it’s inception. All the countries of the world have got their share of extremists and fundamentalists. Live wisely if u wanna live well.Recommend

  • MAD
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Didnt like the guy, but what happenned is very sad. my condolences to his family.Recommend

  • Murtad
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:55PM

    If you talk you get shot.That’s how fanatics in Pakistan are acting.
    Very unfortunate indeed. May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Allah bless Salman Taseer’s soul. And may Allah punish the fitna-spreaders and guide the misguided people who have turned His religion of peace and compassion into one of chaos and hatred and cruelty.Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 5:57PM

    ! KAMRAN
    Very good point. Yes Anwar Saadat and also Gandhi was assinated by guardRecommend

  • Mohammed Moinuddin
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Mr Amer’s comment is correct that there could me a lot more than just the Aasia case behind this murder.

    The Goverment should investigate deeply in this case to bring out the main culprits and responsible for this murder.Recommend

  • Malik Bilal
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:04PM

    @NOOR
    think before you speak…!!!Recommend

  • abdullah
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:05PM

    this is really sad no one has the right to kill any1 ..he was a man who said whatever was in his heart..was a very straight speakerRecommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 6:05PM

    Another killing which will be condoned by masses and may be even justified to some extent by mullah’s who are hijacking the peaceful message of Islam. Surely, he was killed because he showed sympathy towards poor christian women…. Recommend

  • well done
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:08PM

    @Umer
    i think u r Mullah, people are talking about. Mullah did not kill him but did instigate people for such killings. By the way, ur comments, first muslim, then pakistani, speaks how intolerant u r that instead condoling his Death, u r talking Ruubbish at this sad incident.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:13PM

    Mumtaaz Qadri has accepted that he has killed Salman Taseer because the governer was against Blasphemy Law!Recommend

  • Azeem Shafique Baig
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:18PM

    May his soul rest in peace. Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:18PM

    Well, well, well… when some one has to go will go… bullet proof cars and hundreds of guards can all go against you when your time is up… Really shocked at whatever has happened!!! Just wish no anarchy spreads as a result of that and people remain calm.Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:19PM

    This is very sad for his family and the PPP party and for the country politics specially this Gilani government crises time.May Allah be rest of his soul Amen.Recommend

  • sadaqat
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:20PM

    very sadRecommend

  • Murtaza Ali
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:25PM

    proven by another fanatic that we do not value human life..!!
    a person who took vow to save his life murdered him. it was purely another step towards anarchy.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:25PM

    May his soul rest in peace. My sympathies with Taseer’s family.Recommend

  • Kashif Rizvi
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:26PM

    Salam to all
    ALLAH said in Quran ” if you kill one person then its the murder of whole humanity”
    According to Islam no one have right to kills others, BUT its sad tht Muslims have no good education of Islam n Quran.
    When we r just thinking about this world, greedy for rule n money then we forget about last day of Qiamat…
    Salman was killed definitely to get his position”Money n seat to rule”.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:27PM

    May his soul rest in peace. My sympathies with Taseer’s family. A great loss to this nation!Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 6:29PM

    Its a very sad news, i appeal to the all Nation please be in peace. Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:30PM

    This is another Indian / RAW plot to divide the country. These crimes are being visited upon Pakistan only because we have failed to implement strict Sharia law, and because we have failed to unite in the holy objective of freeing Kashmir from Indian slavery. We have the nuclear bomb, yet are not taking any step to free Muslims in Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya, or the Uighurs of China.Recommend

  • anonymous
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:31PM

    A very very sad day for Pakistanis. When will the senseless killings and intolerance towards humanitarian causes and simply good hearts reign in our nation? Why is a country as rich historically in culture and tolerance towards all religions as ours, today turning to the immensely barbaric ways? When will the killings of those with vision, with good political sense, with ways of the world be allowed to express themselves without having to lay down their lives for their beliefs? When when will we see/practise common sense and the goodness expressed so well in our Quran? If there is a silent majority, it is time we peacefully take to the streets against these hated mullahs and their more so hated teachings and way of life, completely and contrary to the teachings of Islam.Recommend

  • Anwar Ahmad
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:31PM

    Mr. Taseer’s murder proves that Blasphemy Laws are draconian and barbaric “kala kanoon“.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Shame on us… the extremist society !Recommend

  • Amna
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:34PM

    Ina Lillahi wa inna elahi rajioonRecommend

  • Mansoor
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:35PM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Elaihi Rajioon

    My extreme condolences with salman taseer family. may be he was assassinated bcoz of these reason..

    1) Taseer defends increase in POL price
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=23580&Cat=5&dt=1/3/2011

    2)
    Mr Taseer had recently spoken out against the country’s blasphemy law, prompting protests by Islamists.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12111831

    so he will be …….Recommend

  • Shah
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:36PM

    My deep condolences with Taseer family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
    left and progressive groups come together speak louder against religious fanatics. I hate fanatical, unthinking and violent religious supporters of any type. This is happened coz of yester-yesterday rallies by religious Fanatics.Recommend

  • Sabahat
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:38PM

    So sadRecommend

  • xfactor
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:40PM

    Im wondered how people change.. before his death people curse him… now people praising him… what a diplomacy..!!!Recommend

  • Rasheed
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:42PM

    He was a brave and courageous person. He was brave enough to say kala kanoon to a black law. I salute him.Recommend

  • mak
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:44PM

    Inna lillahey Wa inna Ilehey rajeeon.
    Part of the broader ‘religious zealots vs. moderates’ war that has been taking place in Pakistan. Daggers are out now – lets wait and see who prevails.
    Condolences to the Taseer family. Indeed a sad day in the history of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:45PM

    Very sad incident, but its not shocking. Everyone knew that Mr. Taseer was target of terrorists. The only way to fight terrorism is to stand up an fight. There is no other way, unfortunately most of the politicians, military and civil rulers have adopted the tactic of hiding and avoiding.Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:46PM

    May Allah rest His Soul in peace and a Surah Fateha for the Brave Departed Soul.

    A Man who lived his life like a Lion and gave his Life like a LionRecommend

  • Sulaiman Qasim
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:52PM

    A sad day. Sincerely hope the people behind this murder are identified and they all should be hanged. Recommend

  • M Qamar
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Inna lillah he wa inna ilaihe rajioonRecommend

  • Ali
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:01PM

    @Talha
    Islam is our Identify, and Pakistan will remain Islamic Republic till Judgement day!
    INSHA’ALLAH!!!Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:02PM

    In the days to come this, religiously motivated murderer will be hailed as a hero by the masses.Recommend

  • Hafjk
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:03PM

    Pakistan wake up due to your support for terrirism and extreemidm under varios pretexts
    it wont be long before the world attacks to destroy you
    It is no ones fault Everyone is responsible
    MULLAS WILL DESTROY PKISTANRecommend

  • Talha
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:05PM

    Malik Bilal

    To hell with all the Mullahs, May they reap the destruction they have sowed.Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 7:05PM

    ina lillahe waina eleihe rajeoon………..Recommend

  • Sahyra Qamer Sultan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:06PM

    My salutations to thy sacred streets, O beloved nation! Where a tradition has been invented- that none shall walk with his head held high… If at all one takes a walk, a pilgrimage… One must walk, eyes lowered, the body crouched in fear- FAIZRecommend

  • Mahjabeen
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:08PM

    I feel sorry for him and his family and at the same time really scared to see the growing intolerance , ignorance and great confusions over religious issues.i pray that may God give us greater understanding of the issues and with this wisdom, patience to bear difference of opinions because if i dont agree with you then my mere disagreement does,t make me a non-muslim.Recommend

  • Nadia Aslam
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:09PM

    May his soul rest in peace he was a great man…..and a moderate man silenced by a maulvi. these maulvis have ruined Islam and our country by their beliefs….Recommend

  • Minhas
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:13PM

    @Talha
    Think before speak!
    Islam is our identity and Pakistan will remain the Islamic Republic till judgement day.
    INSHA’ALLAH!!!
    The need is just to apply Islamic Law in our country and it is only the solution of all problems in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Yahan mjhy Baba IQBAL ki aik bat zehn me aatii ha jo k unho ne Ghazi Ilm-din Shaheed k bary me khi thi k “Assi galan krdy reh gaye terkhana da munda bazi lae gya”Recommend

  • Zaheer Ahmad
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Shaheed Salman Taseer a great man was a big asset of Pakistan. His courage and bold stance on blasmphy law is commendable.

    Today Pakistan is a legacy of dictator Zia Ul Haq, Jamat Islami and Saudi fanaticism. This is not the Pakistan of Quaid Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
    Recommend

  • Zechariah Hascher
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:15PM

    It’s just sad to know how the people react in anger. Religion is meant to learn and build and not otherwise. We have made our education system that indoctrinates and doesn’t educate. If we keep breeding people like qadri, then we may have a passport for destruction!Recommend

  • D. Asghar
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:16PM

    Indeed a sad day. May his soul rest in peace. Ameen.Recommend

  • Mahjabeen
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:17PM

    I feel very sad for his family and at the same time for my country as we cannot bear any such incidences any more,especially considering the already rising soccioeconomic and political uproar in the country.The growing intolerence and killing human beings in the name of religion is another plague our society is suffering from.May Allah cures us from this.God Bless My Country as i love her morethan anything in this world!Recommend

  • Asiha Jakarhani
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Apart from his liberal views, which can be differ from many of us, he was the person whom Pakistan need. Pakistan does not need illiterate Mullahs who do not know exact teaching of Prophet Muhammad. We should eradicate those extremist elements from our society once and for all. The longer they will linger in our midst the more people will lose their lives.

    I hope that Army or government do a big operation against those so called Jihaddi, who are killing other Muslims in the name of religion. Shame on us, cannot fix our back-yard. Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:19PM

    Newsweek Pakistan reports

    “According to preliminary reports, the guard was a last-minute replacement ordered by Punjab’s former inspector general of police before his retirement from service two days ago. ”

    http://www.newsweekpakistan.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131&Itemid=53Recommend

  • Asiha Jakarhani
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:20PM

    Apart from his liberal views, which can be differ from many of us, he was the person whom Pakistan need. Pakistan does not need illiterate Mullahs who do not know exact teaching of Prophet Muhammad. We should eradicate those extremist elements from our society once and for all. The longer they will linger in our midst the more people will lose their lives.

    I hope that Army or government do a big operation against those so called Jihaddi, who are killing other Muslims in the name of religion. Shame on us, we cannot fix our back-yard.

    Is America or India behind this killing? Wake up dear Pakistan, please wake up. Recommend

  • Qasim
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:21PM

    I think this attempt to assassinate a Governor it sounds like to kill political infrastructure cause it eradicates all over the hidden contents securities enforcement agencies that what we have left in our country and how would we able to demonstrate our people ??? IT is paucity of Education . thinking Ideology or religious Love and Sympathy to Muslims ??? What to say but it’s horrible and a dreadful incident that ppp will never gotta forget it.Recommend

  • nina
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:22PM

    Remember Indira Ghandi was assasinated by her Sikh bodyguard…Recommend

  • nina
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:24PM

    By the way, I hope they caught the fellow who actually did the murder, not some innocent to use as a scapegoat. Our police are well known to never actually catch the guilty.Recommend

  • Fareedi
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:31PM

    Tragic and sad….Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 7:37PM

    The commander of guards force escorting the convoy of Salman Taseer should be interrogated also as it was his responsibility to ensure that all guards protecting Salman Taseer are security-wise cleared and their loyalty is not doubtful. It is always necessary to keep a close observation on the guards, personal staff, office staff and domestic servants of the V V IPs for their political thinking, religious thinking and suspicious behaviour and by detailed face reading. Such person associated with the V V IPs should also be examined by a Psychiatrist as well Psychologist. regularly to determined their mental state. Recommend

  • Raza
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:40PM

    “Murder of a single human is the murder of the entire Humanity”. May God rest his soul. Amen Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:49PM

    Sad day on Pakistan may Allah bless on him Amen.Recommend

  • Hanya
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Deepest condolences to the Taseer family – we didnt always agree with him but Salman Taseer was a man of courage who stood up for what he truly believed in.Recommend

  • Shahzaib Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 7:56PM

    100 sunar ke 1 Lohar ke.Recommend

  • Hafjk
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Insanity supportrd by mullas Recommend

  • Expert
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:03PM

    We might be chanting “Giay Bhutto” but its ZIA UL HAQ whos still alive and continues to haunt us !Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:04PM

    It is really sad, may Allah bless him, and rest his sooul in piece.Recommend

  • sanjithmenon
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:17PM

    Sherry better scoot, before it is too late.Recommend

  • Jawad Rehman
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:17PM

    Killed for a difference of opinion. We are fast declining into a barbaric, intolerant, and brutal society. And I was further saddened by reactions of luminary journalists like IS and AA – almost justifying the killing by saying he had no business speaking up in the blasphemy case, and AA was at his Talibanesque best when he said that the West will use this incident to defame Pakistan, and why does the world not ask USA about their atrocities. The luminary host of the program, HM, fully concurred with AA.

    I am 100% sure this intolerance and extremism in the country is a direct by-product of irresponsible journalism, especially electronic media.Recommend

  • XaRa
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:21PM

    A tragic incident…God bless his soul!Recommend

  • Sonia
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:22PM

    This death is a true picture of religious fanaticism. Its a warning to all of us who will speak against draconian laws and will ever try to get rid of rotten thinking.Recommend

  • Sara
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:23PM

    Very sad
    i strongly condemn his murder, picture of pakistan become more dark in international community.
    These MULLA’s will sink pakistan’s SHIP. May Allah give them sense.Recommend

  • rubab shereen
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:23PM

    the incident itself is a live and the most inhumane example of misuse of blasphmeny laws. wat can be more inhumane and sad than the fact the a person advocating to stop misuse of blasphemy law was gunned down in the broad day light by his own guard. not to mention that the guard was a member of the ‘elite’ force, a force used to give protection to the country’s elite.
    the panetration of extremeist elements in security forces was a mere doubt but the sad incident made this notion barred exposed that security forces of the country itself is a group of uniformed extremists that the state is funding.
    the country has became a taliban state and the incident points towards security of minioritites and a worst form of assualt on the freedom of expression.
    lets flee this country and leave it to the mullahs, there is no place for a liberal, educated and neutral person in this country.
    i am damn sure father of the nation, if had lived today he would have for sure met the same fate as that of salman taseer for advocating equal rights for minoritiets. Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 8:29PM

    R.I.P SALMAN TASEERRecommend

  • Jan 4, 2011 - 8:30PM

    i am and family very very shad govr Sullaman Tashir killd in ISLAMABAD VERY SADRecommend

  • Sonia
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:32PM

    Sick Mullahs and their rotten beliefs.
    @NOOR (Keept it up)Recommend

  • Hamood
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:45PM

    Religious brigade struck again.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:50PM

    RIP Governor Taseer. You are a brave and truthful man. The black Blasphemy law will go because of you. You are symbol of justice for oppressed and helpless! Recommend

  • Jawad Rehman
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:54PM

    Emmon Khan: The army and generals are already under attack, and the list is long: A serving Lieutenant General, a retired Lieutenant General, two serving Brigadiers, the only son of the commander of the operation in Tribal Areas, and countless soldiers and officers have been assassinated by the extremists. Add to that the attacks on GHG, ISI, Commando forces, CID, Police etc. I fail to understand why the military still tries to separate the good from the bad in their sworn enemies who have pretty much bled the country to death. Forget about strategic depth, at this point we should worry about tactical hollowness from inside. At this rate, soon enough there will be no country left to defend. Mr. Kayani: Please eliminate TTP, SSP, LeJ, JeM, Jundullah, all Taliban, all Alqaeda, and all militant organizations from ALL parts of Pakistan, including North Waziristan – NOW !!!! Recommend

  • Syed
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:19PM

    Innallahowainnaalayarrajiyun.

    He is the only PPP member whom I agree to call a Shaheed (Martyr).Recommend

  • Hamid Zahoor
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:21PM

    We Should do an unmanned airplane missile strike on all these Extremist who have ruined Pakistan!!!Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:24PM

    For those who are saying this not a religious motivated murder, I would like to share an sms that’s being circulated:

    **

    nahen krna tauheen mera rasool
    (s.a.w) ki Aj aik Qadriutha he tau
    mulk hilgya Plz support mumtaz qadri

    **
    Seriously now what more do you people want as proof???Recommend

  • salim
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Punjab Govt must be held accountable for security lapses!

    A brave man! May he rest in peace. AmeenRecommend

  • Raja Arsalan Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:47PM

    All the mullahs, anchors, columnists and media houses who created fuss over the blasphemy laws’ repeal issue are responsible for this gruesome act. The “paid intellectuals” who cite India, Israel and the US for every evil (there are millions) in the country have made Pakistan a hell. No one can express his views that are not in line with the parameters set by the establishment.
    By the way what the remaining guys were doing when the fanatic was spraying bullets at Taseer? It cannot be an individual act but you will read tomorrow in some “Islamised newspapers” that the killer was just following his “conscious”. Recommend

  • Raja Arsalan Khan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:51PM

    @ Kamran
    It is the custodians of Islam who bring Islam in every issue. The mature attitude demands strict and final action against the mullahs. Maturity doesn’t means just listen to mullahs’ sermons adn kill others.Recommend

  • Nauman Alvie
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:55PM

    May his soul rest in peace..He was right…The Blasphemy Law is a Kaala Kanoon indeed..and yet another inncent person has been murdered because of it and this will continue to happen until the entire nation rises against it..Why is the Chief Justice of Pakistan so silent about this…what happened to his”‘principles” and justice…Shame on you the entire judiciary of Pakistan,the mullahs, politicians and all the others who supported it and anyone who did not raise your voice against this barbaric law!!you have blood on your hands…ALL IS TAKES FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS THAT FOR GOOD MEN NOT TO DO ANYTHING..Shame on all of us and shame on Pakistan for today evil has triumphed,it lurks unchallanged in the streets, in every street corner..A MURDER MOST FOUL has been committed..SHAME!SHAME!SHAME ON ALL OF US……Recommend

  • Hasnat Chohan
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:56PM

    May his sould rest in peace! He stood up for a worthy cause.

    What a shame for all muslims that incident like this one are perperated by so called lovers of Prophet Mohammad. Shame shame shame for all Pakistanis including myself. Recommend

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