Saudi daily calls Taseer a martyr, justice crusader

Published: January 8, 2011
Outspoken Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was gunned down by own guard for criticising blasphemy laws.

Outspoken Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was gunned down by own guard for criticising blasphemy laws.

Saudi newspaper has lamented the assassination of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer whose bitter opposition to “extremism and violence cost him his life” and “turned him into a martyr”.

In an editorial published on January 5, Arab News said that Taseer was murdered by “one or perhaps more bigots who believed that he wanted to repeal the country’s blasphemy law”. It called Taseer a martyr and his killer “a heartless, grinning murderer and an ignorant instrument of evil”.

While calling Taseer a true Muslim, it said neither his murderer nor those “who celebrate this evil deed” should be counted among the faithful.

The newspaper mourned the loss of “a bold campaigner for truth and justice” but drew comfort from the fact that Pakistan had a host of other activists “whose faith is generous and embracing” and who “refuse to be intimidated by the twisted advocates of hatred”.

Rather than cowering under fear, Arab News called upon the country’s leaders to stand up and rally against the deviant forces that threatened to bring darkness to Pakistan and Islam.

It advised those who see the proof of fanaticism in Taseer’s murder to look to the Islam he stood for and “a faith that pursues justice, truth and respect — the real Islam.”

The newspaper said the killing of Taseer was more serious than the country’s current political crisis. For the moment, it said, the government of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is relatively safe, even safer as a result of the killing.

(The editorial by Arab News can be read here:

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2011.

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  • Jan 8, 2011 - 9:29AM

    Nice to know that Arab News condemned his heinous assassination in the hands of one of the illiterates while the other illiterates cheered on and continue to do so.

    The Government of Pakistan must seek denouncement from top Islamic universities, leaders and personalities around the Muslim world to make sure that this misguided frenzy in the name of love of Prophet (pbuh) is contained, and sanity and rule of law prevails.Recommend

  • Naeem Siraj
    Jan 8, 2011 - 9:30AM

    I have gone through the Arab News ….. there is no such article there. Are you guys sure!!!! Please also provide a link to that editorial.Recommend

  • Farhan Qureshi
    Jan 8, 2011 - 10:06AM

    To answer those people who are supporting the killer, and openly showing there support, the leaders of the country shall organize an event and gather there supports … the event could be a rally, a big one …
    and if they are unable to do this, then common people like me will be forced to change there beliefs that Mumtaz Qadri and allies are right.Recommend

  • chaudary amjad
    Jan 8, 2011 - 10:56AM

    These tombs worshipping fanatics does not qualify to be called true Muslims. They should be rejected instantly. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Jan 8, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.I here ask PPP leaders and Islamic scholars through Express Tribune platform some questions about martyrdom,id est,
    1-What is the theory of martyrdom in the eyes of PPP’s leaders and Bhutto family’s members?
    2-Who is real martyr according to the Quran and Sunnah?
    Please must reply through same platform in the light of exact references.Recommend

  • Jbutt
    Jan 8, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Its the barelvis who want blasphemy law enforced in Pakistan and Saudis are not barelvis.Recommend

  • Dr
    Jan 8, 2011 - 12:39PM

    As a Pakistani Nation we dont have much time left. Instead of seriously planning for Food , Power , Electricity and Population Control or to Fight Disease like Hepatitis we are wasting our time for Laws Like Namoosay whatever and also Killing each other.
    Arab has a bad history of Killing each other for Power and Politics involving religion . This Arabic ideology can not give us a Peacfull Harmonious Government ,if it did not give Peace among Ali and Ayesh at Battle of Jammal, when these two High Dignitories Killed 10,000 Arabs in one day. Hassan and Hussain were not killed by American or European Allied forces but by their own close Muslim Arabs and no one came to save Hussain .
    This is 1400 years old Totally Failed Ideology , it will destroy the civilizations and will make our generation non-productive and lazy. No islamic country can dare fight back America or Europe , rather we beg to them, it is because of this Religion.Recommend

  • Jan 8, 2011 - 1:32PM

    So, there is no freedom of speech and liberty of mind in this country brothers..! Someone would brutally kill an innocent Human Being, even Head of An Islamic State and will become a hero for Awaam..! How pity…!!
    Secondly, No Muslim could ever bear anything against the honor of Prophet (pbuh), that’s what a True-One should be doing.! .But, do aasia bibi, an illustrate, ignorant and poor and even non-Muslim woman, has got this ability my bros.! We all should try to understand, More ignorant are those who are happy to see their Head of a Muslim stat dead. Please, don’t think like awam think from every prospect. That’s what educated ones do.Recommend

  • Jan 8, 2011 - 1:46PM

    I honestly doubt the authenticity of this report. Its sad that Tribune published it without verification. If this in fact turns out to be true, we need to see the link because as one reader commented earlier, there is no such report glorifying Salman Taseer in Arab News.

    Secondly, Arab News does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Saudis. Arab News is swamped with Indian lobby of writers, which cannot be trusted.

    The Saudi Shooraa Council or the Govt. have not given any official statements on Salman Taseer as far as I know.

    Tribune MUST publish the link of Arab News.Recommend

  • ali
    Jan 8, 2011 - 2:00PM

    well its not us to decide that whos is shaeed or not? Its upto God. Those who insisting that person killed is shaeed and start not stopable dialogue. then i must say that we must button our beaks, if not then we are oppening another ear of blood shed. Os if again we dont understand then there is way to confrim the shahdat. i.e infront of religious and spiritual person open the garve of killed person after 40 days and that will confirm the Shahdat of just killed. I hope one can then understand.
    Plz dont interfare into God’s laws other wise there will be nothing.Recommend

  • eng
    Jan 8, 2011 - 2:40PM

    The article is part of the ‘Editorial Section’ of Arab News so it clearly reflects the opinion of a senior editor and not that of the newspaper. Please check the details before posting anything as BREAKING NEWS.Recommend

  • Jan 8, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Hurting any community (Dil-aazari) is not a fair things. Mr. Sulman Taseer perhaps committing Dil-azari. Gentleman could behave like Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani debating same point but with intellectual debate. Mr. Salman Taseer’s end of life should be considered an accident due to his own negligence.Recommend

  • Jan 8, 2011 - 3:15PM

    I would take this opportunity on behalf of PPP (Pakistan’s Popular Party) to answer the queries of Mr Ahmer Ali .

    1) Martyr to us is anyone whose death comes by the following :

    a) Shot dead
    b) Or We get him Shot
    c) Dies while defending the party, i,e for the greater good.
    d) Fed to the dogs
    e) Dies of natural consequences in any place but Garhi khuda baksh.

    2) Promises and martyrdom to us is not Quran and Sunnah. To us our martyrs live on after death in our speeches. More deaths simply produce more voters and hardcore fans.

    Hope these answers your queries provided that by PPP you mean’t us. Recommend

  • pisces
    Jan 8, 2011 - 4:14PM

    arab news article, plz follow the link:

  • A
    Jan 8, 2011 - 7:09PM

    Silly judgmental people! Arab News has a relatively liberal voice and people in Saudi Arabia are not all extremists, for the most parts they are very similar to us Pakistanis.

    At the same time, PAK RANGER, there might be Indian individuals who write in Arab News but before jumping to conclusions consider the fact that Khalid Almaeena, the editor in chief of Arab News for the past 20 years or so, is a Saudi who studied at Karachi University. Recommend

  • sikandar
    Jan 9, 2011 - 8:15AM

    Honestly speaking the Original Muslims ( the Arabs) are the best and they are far more tolerant except for Saudi.

    I am aghast to know that we converts are the more wilder and stupider followers. thanks to Ghazi or for that matter all the Mughals and other invaders of the then Barath.

    Please do spread the spirit of peace whatever religion we are following we do not have any right to kill anyone.Recommend

  • Saeed
    Jan 9, 2011 - 12:53PM
  • Jan 9, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Its sad how our liberal media is trying to portray Salman Taseer as a martyr, and is desperate to get support from somewhere outside Pakistan, and therefore declared the “OPINION” of a person that appeared in Arab News as a Saudi verdict on the case.

    As stated earlier, Saudi Religious or Govt. Authorities have not commented on this killing, because the Saudis understand the religious complexities of Pakistan.

    I think people need to know what tolerance exactly means. People believe that tolerance only needs to be in terms of Islamic affairs. I would like all the tribune readers to read this article.

    I hope the moderator will not stop this comment from being published.Recommend

  • Salman
    Jan 9, 2011 - 3:00PM

    Salman Taseer is a Shaheed.Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2011 - 4:17PM

    And Malik Mumtaz Qadri is a Hero.Recommend

  • Noor
    Jan 9, 2011 - 6:10PM

    Who cares what the arab news think. They are all ruled by west and controlled by free masons.

    We can not bear any insult to the religion and he Taseer should not have spoken about a very sensitve issue in such a rude way.Recommend

  • Qurban Ali
    Jan 9, 2011 - 6:22PM

    To Pak Ranger and others: Why is it necessary to defend the “Namoos” of the man who is so much above anything you, me or any one else in the World that any and all of our actions and words are without meaning in front of him. Anyone insulting the Prophet Muhammad PBUH is at best silly and deserving of our pity for his stupidity.

    That said, why is necessary to defend teh Namoos of such a person by making a mockery of his principles and comitting Kufr by mocking the Quran. That is what this Qadri and his supporters are doing when they cheer his killing of a man who was Muslim. They cheer because they are misguided and will suffer the worst Azab by Allah.

    Yet we should pray for guidance and Allah’s mercy for these misguided and lost souls. For Allah finds mercy even for Hind (who murdered Hazrat Amir Hamza PBUH)Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2011 - 6:37PM

    I am sorry but Malik Mumtaz Qadri cannot be a hero. I give following reasons for my statement.

    1) As per Islam you cannot kill a person who is “Wajib Ul Katal” without the permission of highest authority. In Pakistan’s case, it is Supreme Court.

    2) Even if you don’t accept Supreme Court as highest authority, then the top scholars from all major school of thoughts in the country give “Fatwa” declaring someone “Wajib Ul Katal” and permit someone, only that person can perform execution.

    3) Malik Mumtaz was GUARDIAN of Salman Taseer. As per Islamic laws, he is to safeguard Salman Taseer’s life by his own if necessary. Instead he shot Salman Taseer himself. Since neither Supreme Court nor top scholars from all major schools of thought declared him “Wajib Ul Katal”, Malik Mumtaz Qadri is no longer a Muslim since he defied Islamic teachings and became the murderer while playing the role of guardian. He deceived his own religion, his fellows, his country laws, his own people and therefor no longer even Muslim.Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2011 - 7:56PM

    @ Qurban Ali: The murder of Hazrat Hamza R.A. by Hindah was something else. It did not involve disrespecting the Prophet SAW or the religion.

    Here’s how Gustakh-e-Rasools were treated during the times of Prophet SAW. This is a reference for all those who think that Salman Taseer did not deserve this.

    Hazrat Umar RA’s action – how he dealt with a blasphemer

    A Jew and a Muslim were involved in a dispute. They took their case to the Messenger of Allah SAW. The Holy Prophet SAW ruled in favor of the Jew. The Muslim, who in reality was a hypocrite, was dissatisfied with the Holy Prophet SAW’s ruling and decided to go to Umar RA who was known for his harshness against the disbelievers. The hypocrite (munaafiq) thought that definitely Umar would not rule in favor of a Jew against a Muslim. Since unfortunately when Allah takes away Faith (Iman), He also takes away intelligence. The Hypocrite who lost his case in the Supreme Court goes to appeal in the Lower Court. When they went to Umar and explained the situation to him and how the Holy Prophet SAW had already ruled in favor of the Jew, Umar made his decision. Umar’s insight (firaasa) and the fact that the case was brought to him after the Messenger of Allah SAW’s decision told him that this was not a person of Iman, but a Hypocrite. Hazrath Umar unsheathed his sword and decapitated the Hypocrite. When the incident became public knowledge, the public at large, began to say that Umar had killed a Muslim. Hazrath Umar RA presented himself to the Messenger of Allah SAW and said in his defense:

    ‘O Beloved Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) Umar killed who recites the ‘Testifies the Faith’(Kalimah), observes prayer (salaah) and fasts (saum), but you know that I did not kill a Muslim because they cannot have Faith (Iman) if they do not accept your judgment.’

    Allah loved this expression of love of Umar (Radiallahu anhu) so much that He sent Gabriel [Jibraeel] (may Allah bless him with peace) with revelation on that occasion.

    Sura 4 al-Nisaa: Verse 65 was revealed.

    The question arises, ‘Did Allah or His Messenger SAW instruct Umar (RA) to kill the munaafiq?’ No! Umar’s love (ishq) told him that a blasphemer must be put to death. Love does not wait for orders. The Qur’aan affirmed that what Umar did was right.Recommend

  • Saharanpuri
    Jan 10, 2011 - 12:37AM

    What has Pakistan turned into since independence.?

    A failed state to say the least where Muslims are killing Muslims on some pretext or another.

    To think that cream de cream of Indian Muslims comprising almost all the landed,educated,rich n business class had migrated to this Utopia of theirs n must be turning into their graves on present state of affairs.

    Only poor ,illiterate ,artisans Muslims remained in India out of no choice who are now progressing to middle class thanks to peaceful atmosphere n India’s booming economy.Gujarat was an aberration but even Muslims there are progressing a lot.

    The problem in my opinion is that there is still feudalism in pakistan due to which huge nos of extremely poor muslims remain who have no optio nbut to rot n dream about 72 virgins waiting in paradise implies an easy exit optionRecommend

  • Jan 10, 2011 - 2:19AM

    When even Wahhabi Central calls Taseer a Shaheed in defending a poor dare I say innocent lady against the jahil halwa eating takfiri tomb worshipping nutjobs we Pakistan Mullahs – then maybe Pakistani people need to wake up and realise that maybe, just maybe these Mullahs are wrong? Or are they going to Takfir Saudis now also?Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 10, 2011 - 8:19AM

    Here’s a very funny joke making the rounds in the US about Pakistan:
    “I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck…”Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 10, 2011 - 3:45PM

    What is this “72 virgins” story I keep hearing? Where is that written? Can anyone tell me? I would be most interested.Recommend

  • Sara
    Jan 10, 2011 - 7:03PM

    @ J. Oberoi

    Very funny.

    I also heard many stories about Indians.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 9:35AM

    Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi: I and many more in Pk support your views bro.! @Pak Ranger: Please, this is Allah Ta’ala’s Ikhtiyar which your are “handing-over” to a murderer like qadri, even you or anyone else on this earth has got this authority. We are waiting for your answer to some questions raised by Mr. W. Ali Khan, that Salman Taseer was the head of Islamic Rep of Pak, means, he was a symbol of Khilafat my bro, then how would you claim his killer to be hero..!!!!Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2011 - 12:15PM

    @ Hyder Abbas: You must be out of your mind to accept Salman Taseer as the symbol of Khilafat. We cannot have him as a Khalifa. Scroll above and read my responses carefully. I have posted a link. Additionally, I have quoted an occurrence from the days of Prophet SAW himself.

    You people need to understand the complexity of this issue, not through the media, but by reading Islam – because this matter is a matter of Islam, not the matter of the media or any minister.

    This is ALLAH SWT’s ikhtiyar, yes, and we are not handing it over to anyone, but in cases as these, ALLAH SWT has given the ikhtiyar to those who love the Prophet SAW. Many people say that he should have been brought to justice through court, we all know that not a single Minister has been brought to justice in the history of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Khawaja Faraz
    Jan 11, 2011 - 1:35PM

    Dear Moderator,
    this discusiion will lead to riots !!!!!! please i urge you to stop publishing for and aginst articles and even comments……let the courts handle it its subjudice now…..Recommend

  • Muhammed ali
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:33AM

    Well my fatwa is mumtaz is a kafir and all his mullah supporters must be punished;-)
    if a mullah from madrassa or a mosque can declare a fatwa than I’m far more educated than him and eligible for declaring fatwas!!!Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 1:21PM

    @ PAK RANGER: Please, read my comment again, I used the word Symbol, I didn’t declare Shaheed Salman Taseer as the Caliph..!! Acc to you, this issue is complex, but the fact is, issue is much more simple, but some people are trying get benefit from this as well..!! We have made this law and we can revise and modify it. you have nicely quoted a event of that era, but will you please tell us a single Qur’ani Aaya or Hadees of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) in which it’s been said to Kill someone if he disgraces(Naoozbillah) our Prophet (PBUH), you have forget the famous event of an old women throwing dirt on Him (PBUH), she was nt Killede my bro, at the spot or Later..!!!! Recommend

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