Taseer’s killer must be punished: Musharraf

Published: January 16, 2011
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Former president says blasphemy law should stay.

Former president says blasphemy law should stay.

LONDON: Former president Pervez Musharraf on Saturday laid responsibility on the state for punishing the self-confessed killer of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer.

“The assassination of …  Taseer was wrong and his murderer should be punished,” said Musharraf at a conference of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) in London. Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri – the man who shot the governor on January 4 – should not be permitted to challenge the state’s writ, according to Musharraf.

The former military ruler said that since Muslims are very emotional about the blasphemy law, “the controversial law must stay” in Pakistan. However, he said, the Islamic concepts of ijtehad and ijma should be used to see what can be done about the miscarriage of justice.

Asked why he had not amended the blasphemy law when he was in power, Musharraf said he had introduced some procedural changes requiring complainants to go to the judiciary rather than the police stations to file complaints.

The economy in his opinion is one of the biggest challenges facing Pakistan which is beset by hyperinflation and bankruptcy. About his arch-rival Nawaz Sharif, Musharraf said his deadlines and demands were non-serious. Sharif has  connections with the Taliban, he said, which is why he does not openly condemn them.

Earlier he announced the opening of APML offices in Quetta and Dera Bugti and the nomination of his party’s office-bearers. The news was greeted with loud applause.

Musharraf’s party has also set up chapters in the US and Canada where he claimed he had received a good response from the Pakistani diaspora.

To consolidate his party, Musharraf intends to travel by train throughout Britain and meet supporters. During the meeting he reiterated his resolve to return to Pakistan well before the next elections.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Rakesh
    Jan 16, 2011 - 12:15PM

    Ah come on dude! Don’t get all trying to be Mr. Popular now!Recommend

  • Numair Hussain
    Jan 16, 2011 - 12:30PM

    The law is pure, religious and it should stay forever, misuses should be stopped if there are any.Recommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Jan 16, 2011 - 2:33PM

    thts gud statementRecommend

  • dr Kamran Baluch
    Jan 16, 2011 - 2:50PM

    yo…come …and save baluch people. In 21st first century we are still ruled by these sardars…We need freedom!!!Recommend

  • Hamza Azeem
    Jan 16, 2011 - 3:17PM

    Yeah yeah. The killer of Bugti should be punished. The killer of Lal Masjid should be punished. Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    Jan 16, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Absolutely he should punished Recommend

  • Salman
    Jan 16, 2011 - 4:08PM

    I agree with Hamza Azeem….. Recommend

  • AZ
    Jan 16, 2011 - 5:55PM

    The blasphemy law is vague enough for ANYONE to misuse.
    Taseer was RIGHT!Recommend

  • Jan 16, 2011 - 6:20PM

    taseer was wrong absouletely wrong. not only in case of supporting the blasphemer woman but in many other cases. i absolutely agree with parvez musharraf.Recommend

  • Abbas Khan
    Jan 16, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Sometimes I do read few comments by Musharaf lovers, but yet to meet one real person who likes Musharaf. Those ghosts who have joined his party have no names yet but they know how to squeeze billions saved by a general from his meager salary. They have opened his political offices in those areas, where no one can pronounce his name loudly. Keep on spending General. Recommend

  • kaif
    Jan 16, 2011 - 7:36PM

    I also agree with Hamza Azeem…Recommend

  • kino
    Jan 16, 2011 - 7:59PM

    murder.. may be politics!!!Recommend

  • Q
    Jan 16, 2011 - 8:08PM

    Anyone who takes law in his/her own hands should be punished. Hence the answer to Bugti and Lal Masjid Supporters. Long Live PM.Recommend

  • Q
    Jan 16, 2011 - 8:20PM

    Anyone who takes law in his/her own hands should be punished. Hence the answer to Bugti and Lal Masjid Supporters.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 16, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Congratulations Mr. Killer, don’t worry now, you will not be punished. When some unfortunate one has a friend like Musharaf, he does not need an enemy. You are lucky, Musharaf has opposed you, now millions more will come to your rescue. Worst news for ST family.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 16, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Sabeen Masood, you are absolutely wrong. When we have laws and judcial system, why someone would take law in their own hand. If Salman Taseer was wrong, then his oppenents should have gone to courts. Its unfortunate that some people would consider this law so pious and unchangable, and on the other hand do not follow it. This is absolutely double standard. The killer and those who supported him are real blasphemous, because in presence of this law, they did not follow it and crafted their own means. Now ask this question to yourself, Was killer of Salman Taseer following procedure mentioned in law or took matters into his own hands? If anyone can punish a blasphemous without a trial, then why we need laws and judcial system. One of two logics is right, not both.Recommend

  • idris mufti
    Jan 16, 2011 - 10:30PM

    Mussahraf: If U r loyal to the country, Come here and take part in the politics, but U cannot come here because U know what U have done here during Ur presidential period. U can never enter in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Jan 17, 2011 - 12:03AM

    Atleast Zardari didnt have the balls to even say that let alone attend the funeral of Taseer!Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 12:37AM

    i agree with hamzaRecommend

  • Nighat
    Jan 17, 2011 - 1:35AM

    It is difficult to follow the former military ruler’s logic with his reasoning that:

    ” Since Muslims are very emotional about the blasphemy law, the controversial law must stay” in Pakistan.

    Since when should laws comply with emotions? It is precisely the primitive emotions which create irrational actions like Taseers murder; where as intellect would have been necessary instead.Recommend

  • Disoza
    Jan 17, 2011 - 3:33AM

    “If Salman Taseer was wrong, then his oppenents should have gone to courts.” — One of the most absurd theories to attach with speaking against the killing of Salman Taseer; he was the governor, and you wanted Punjab Police to lodge F.I.R. against the sitting governor, that is like saying human-beings can live on eating grass and soil forever.Recommend

  • Maria
    Jan 17, 2011 - 5:33AM

    This sounds like the former dictator is trying to play both sides of the coin. He says the blasphemy law should stay but that the killer should be charged. He doesn’t fool anyone with his self serving political games. He is the last one to speak about challenging the writ of the state when he took over the nation in an unlawful coup and continued 8 years of a dictatorship. He could have changed the blasphemy law easily as a dictator. That’s why his words sound so hollow. At least I commend Bilawal Zardari for speaking his mind unequivocally against the killer.Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 5:38AM

    We have seen a General who surrendered to indian General. And now another General has fled the battle field and a opened a new political party out side Pakistan.We have seen enough of this dictator for the last ten years.I do not think that the people of Pakistan can so fool enough to see Musharraf in power again.Musharraf should go first to Pakistan and face murder charges for Nawab Akbar Bugti and others innocent persons. Musharraf can never think of going to pakistan.Musharraf supported the corrupt generals who were involved in misappropriation of billion of tax payers money.Now the supreme court of Pakistan is reviewing the cases against corrupt generals.Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 5:43AM

    yeah since the people are emotional we must bow to their emotion – the emotion that is played with by mullahs – mr former president please watch your words if you wish people to take you seriouslyRecommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Jan 17, 2011 - 8:34AM

    I am also agree with Hamza Azeem and Adris Mufti,,,,,,,Recommend

  • ahmed amir uddin
    Jan 17, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Pervez Musharraf is the only leader who can handle our versatile state.
    he thinks globally and Geo strategically.
    in view of all his policies i support him.
    He is only the great leader after Jinnah.
    Pakistan is not a child state we have to cope with 1st world countries to beat our problems.
    we have great assets including the greatest “Nuclear weapons”
    which we will use for Islam and Pakistan.
    Pakistan will rise Inshallah soon with the Leadership of Pervez Musharraf.
    Pakistan First means Islam First.
    Pakistan is castle of Islam.
    Geo Musharraf. Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2011 - 12:17PM

    To consolidate his party, Musharraf intends to travel by train throughout Britain and meet supporters.

    I would leave my support for Imran Khan if Mr. Musharraf shows the courage of travelling in a train in Pakistan from Pakhtunkhwa to Balochistan – starting from standing in the queue till seating (in the torn seats of the train)!Recommend

  • G.Din
    Jan 17, 2011 - 7:27PM

    He “should” be punished????
    Not even, he “must” be punished!
    The correct verb to use here is: he “has” to be punished and pronto!
    While on the subject, what about BB’s killer(s)?
    What say you, Musharraf Mian?Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jan 18, 2011 - 12:11PM

    Come on guys. The agenda here is not Mr. Musharraf but the law of blasphemy in Pakistan.
    We all believe that Quran is a complete book. If Quran has not prescribed any punishment against the blasphemer then why should Pakistan’s constitution has it. Recommend

  • Sonam Malik
    Jan 18, 2011 - 2:57PM

    Musharaf! I am a simple human being. But even if you were ruling the country, you had to face outstandingly a very tough time in the matter of Qadri Sb. There are so many idiosyncratic people which are perhaps ignored by you.Recommend

  • maitre
    Jan 18, 2011 - 6:23PM

    @Nighat. The Blasphemy law isn’t controversial, people of your so called (liberal) intellect have made it controversial Recommend

  • chandran
    Jan 21, 2011 - 3:36PM

    There is Blasphemy law in india too Hindu hardliners use it against
    M.F.HUSSAIN for drawing hindu goddess picture. Now he force to live
    in self impose exile in gulf country. In India we ask the tourist and
    for foriegn visitors not to talk about religion.Recommend

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