Salmaan Taseer’s soyem: He was a true follower of Bhuttos, says Zardari

Published: January 7, 2011
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President calls Taseer’s widow; Bilawal sends condolence message.

President calls Taseer’s widow; Bilawal sends condolence message.

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Salmaan Taseer has written a new chapter in the history of Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) continuing struggle for human rights, democracy and non-discrimination.

The president called his widow Aamna on the eve of his soyem. Zardari said that Taseer was an undaunted political leader and a true follower of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. “He called a spade a spade and did not mince words in expressing what he believed was true and right,” Zardari said about Taseer.

He said that Taseer’s courage and determination in espousing the causes of the marginalised sections of society and his readiness to pay the highest price for it will continue to inspire many. Taseer, he said, was an asset to the party and had done it proud.

“Few possess the courage to stand up to bigots and fanatics, and fewer still the readiness to embrace martyrdom for it,” he said.

Zardari said that Taseer was killed to increase the polarisation in the society to derail the democratic process under the pretext of religion. He said he was hopeful that those responsible for the crime will be exposed and punished in accordance with the law. “The supreme sacrifice rendered by him will not go in vain,” the president said.

Aamna Taseer thanked the president for calling to share their grief and said that his words were a source of great strength for the family in this tragic time.

Meanwhile, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed his solidarity with party workers in a statement on Thursday. “I join the workers of PPP in mourning the tragic assassination of [former] Punjab governor,” he said.

Bilawal said that Taseer has “joined my beloved mother and my grandfather and hundreds of other PPP martyrs, as those willing to lay down their lives for their beliefs”.

He said that the party’s struggle to uphold the values of Islam, democracy and social democracy will continue. “In fact, we are strengthened by the sacrifices of our martyrs. An egalitarian, tolerant, inclusive and just order that serves all the people of Pakistan remains our goal,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2011.

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  • Omar
    Jan 7, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Before rushing to canonize Mr Taseer as a beacon of liberalism and hope, one needs to keep in mind that among other things, he was also reportedly a Holocaust-denier. That puts him in the same league as Ahmedinejad. (Mr Salman Taseer’s son Atish Taseer, in his memoirs, has elucidated on that.)

    Yet, thanks to the desiccated standards of contemporary Pakistani society, where the merely ‘bad’ is still endearing compared to the alternatives available, Mr Taseer was clearly better than many others there. His assasination and the surprising level of adulation being enjoyed by the assassin is a stark commentary on Pakistan.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 7, 2011 - 1:11PM

    He said that Taseer’s courage and
    determination in espousing the causes
    of the marginalised sections of
    society and his readiness to pay the
    highest price for it will continue to
    inspire many.

    Yeah? Then show some insiration and stand up like Taseer. Coward.Recommend

  • MiP
    Jan 7, 2011 - 8:54PM

    Salman Taseer was THE PRESIDENT’s MAN? Others like Babar Awan a penny-a-dozen pawns. What prevented Zardari to come down to Lahore to attend his funeral. He had in fact been ditched the day his position was made controversial by the Namoos-e-Risaalat brigade.Recommend

  • Dr.Imran
    Jan 8, 2011 - 1:18PM

    *Qadri must be hanged or better sent to Firing Squad, as Quran says , Eye for Eye, Hand for Hand, so 27 Shot for 27 Shots , if we dont follow this law then again its insult of Prophet and Quran.
    So be good Ghulam-i-Rasool and Shoot him where he has shot the Governor with the same weapon by Governor’s Son.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 8, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Omar: What has the Holocaust got to do with Pakistan? The Israelis have always schemed against Pakistan just due to it’s religious affiliations. It’s not surprising that they are held with such contempt, but for all intents and purposes our spheres of interest over lap very little so the less said about them the better.

    A true follower of Bhuttos? I am not sure that that’s a tribute! Recommend

  • Saeed Islahi
    Jan 8, 2011 - 11:10PM

    Mr.Zardari is the husband of late PM Miss Bhuto.I am not aware if she had any philosophy.Mr.Zardari has proclivity of avarice and so this is his passion as well as his philosphy.Governor Taseer was indeed murdered by a mentally disturbed manic and for no positive or negative philoshy.We must never extol persons beyond what they really are.

    Saeed IslahiRecommend

  • Tax Payer
    Jan 9, 2011 - 12:17AM

    Trageically, the responsibilty of assasination lies on the state and PPP Government, as well.

    Just think over it:

    Why did not the state intervened in Aassia’s case?
    Why Zardari had to send the Governor to sympathise with her, instead he could have taken
    legal course?
    why did not the President used his discretion to pardon the lady?
    Why did not the state intervened when the Governor made controvertial remarks?
    Why did not the PM and President formed a committee to review the procedure of the law
    and made sure that procedurally it is handled in its true sense?

    All this gave a chance to the individuals and groups to exploite and now side by Qadri.

    So PPP do not make fuss- this is part of your misdoing out of so manyRecommend

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