Taking a stand: Bilawal’s stance different from PPP leaders

PPP leaders avoid discussion on Taseer's stance about blasphemy law, call his assassination 'political murder'.

Saba Imtiaz January 12, 2011

KARACHI: While Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), has taken a strong stand about the assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer and the rights of minorities, PPP leaders and members of the cabinet have avoided discussion on Taseer’s stance about the blasphemy law.

Even though the assassin confessed he had killed Taseer for his opposition to the blasphemy law, Law Minister Babar Awan said his murder had no religious motivations. Other party leaders have called it a ‘political murder’.

Hours after Bilawal’s speech, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani reiterated that the government would not be amending the blasphemy law.

On Tuesday, Taseer’s daughter Shehrbano Taseer wrote in the Guardian, “The ruling party – my father’s party – continues to equivocate,” when it comes to the blasphemy law. PPP’s manifesto for the 2008 election states, “The statutes that discriminate against religious minorities and are sources of communal disharmony, will be reviewed.”

After religious groups began campaigning against pardoning Aasia Bibi or amending the blasphemy law, the government backed down. It has attempted to appease religious political parties, such as former ally Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl, by declaring that it had no plans to amend or strike down the law.

The PPP disassociated itself from Taseer’s support of Aasia Bibi, who was sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy, and MNA Sherry Rehman’s private member bill proposing amendments to the blasphemy law. Interior Minister Rehman Malik reportedly told Rehman that her life is in danger and she should leave the country.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th,  2011.


amjad | 12 years ago | Reply Normally I would not have agreed with Bilawal, as I believe his grand father is responsible for the dismemberment of Pakistan and destroying everything in the name of roti, kapra aur makan. and by pursuing socilistic policies. (Nationaliztion of industries, banks & especially the private colleges and universities). and that his own father is corrupt. But on the murder of Salman Taseer his stand is abolutely correct. Any one condoning political or religious murders, bombings & sucide bombing is nothing but a criminal. I also read that some leader of sunni tehreek has threatened daughter of deceased governor not to mourn the death of her own father. This guy should be ashamed of himself, do these mullahs have guarentee that on the day of judgement they will be granted jannah. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) told her beloved daughter that she will be on her own that day and at the mercy of Almighty. These, mullahs brings nothing but shame to this beautiful religion. May Allah give guidence to all of us and have mercy on this nation.
Disco Molvi | 12 years ago | Reply @Raza 10. No PAkistani Muslim should be allowed to disgrace the religions of Pakistani Minorities. 11. A law should made in the same vein as 295-C to safeguard the minorities religions from any insults by Pakistani Muslims, as minorities also have hearts and minds. This will bring about religious harmony.
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