Taseer estate: One set of siblings takes other to court

Published: October 20, 2011
Shehrbano Taseer speaking at a conference. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Shehrbano Taseer speaking at a conference. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


A civil judge has sought a reply from Salmaan Taseer’s widow Amna and their children Shahbaz, Shehryar and Shehrbano for October 21 on a suit filed by Shaan, Sanam and Sara Taseer, the late governor’s children from an earlier marriage.

The petitioners have asked the court to take account of all the moveable and immoveable assets of the deceased and to divide it among his heirs according to Sunni traditions. They claimed that the respondents, as well as former employees and business associates of Taseer, were trying to conceal some assets in order to deprive his legal heirs of their inheritance.

The petition said that Taseer was a very successful businessman who owned assets within and outside Pakistan, including shares in various public and private companies.

The petitioners said they had called on the respondents to make a division of the deceased’s estate in accordance with the law and Sharia, but they had been ignored. “They are being forcibly and unlawfully kept out of possession and enjoyment of their legitimate inheritance shares in the estate of the deceased and pilferage, misappropriation and concealment of the estate of the deceased is continuing,” said the petition. They asked the court to take account of Taseer’s assets, to administer them by decree, to restrain the respondents from concealing assets, and to divide them. They also asked to be allowed to deal with scheduled properties or other parts of the Taseer estate in the same manner as the other legal heirs until the case is decided.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Nidhi Baku souami
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:28AM

    What rubbish. I know the family. Older 3 r not satisfied with their share and wan to rob poor wanna of every last thing including the house she’s in. They want her on the streets they said. They r crooksRecommend

  • MAD
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Well they are entitled to this. If islamic law is followed then the division would take place without complications.


  • xoxo
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:25AM

    what about Aatish? Does he get something?


  • moeed
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:37AM

    looks like a real life soap story to me


  • hu
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:49AM

    Conveniently, no one remembers Aatish Taseer.


  • Khan
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:54AM

    Taseer has also got a “natural” son living in India. He made it big in the print media a few months back. Don’t know when will he come into play.


  • King Julien
    Oct 20, 2011 - 11:19AM

    so now they like the sharia?


  • Ashraf P
    Oct 20, 2011 - 11:23AM

    Shehrbano is always right !!


  • mentelisco
    Oct 20, 2011 - 12:04PM

    anyway, this is interesting and may be shahbaz taseers kidnapping is getting sense now Recommend

  • Asim
    Oct 20, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Does highly educated and civilised people behave like this??


  • Lady gaga
    Oct 20, 2011 - 12:36PM

    Sherhbano has a heart of gold


  • Ali
    Oct 20, 2011 - 12:47PM


    Don’t worry. Neither under Indian laws nor Pakistani laws he is eligible to come in the plays.


  • Muhammad Arif Qureshi
    Oct 20, 2011 - 1:18PM

    Reckon Aatish is Non Muslim. If that be case then the Sharia states: A Non Muslim cannot inherit from a Muslim nor can a Muslim inherit from a Non Muslim.


  • Asad
    Oct 20, 2011 - 1:26PM

    The older siblings should be given their due share. Its their right.
    Also for the commenters information, as per my limited knowledge of Inheritance rules in Shariah, Aatish cannot get anything from salman Taseers estate because there is a Hadith of Bukhari where Prophet (saw) said that ‘a believer cannot inherit from a disbeliever and a disbeliever cannot inherit from a believer’. Furthermore Aatish is not legitimate, there are detailed rules in Sharia for illegitimate children.


  • Khurram Mansoor
    Oct 20, 2011 - 1:49PM

    @Nidhi Baku Souami

    Some one will come and say “I know the family the youngers are the one who have been robbing the poor elders for decades and now even wont let them have the righful share.


  • fairhope
    Oct 20, 2011 - 1:52PM

    @King Julien:

    Can’t agree more. When the Angel of death appears, everthing happens as per SHARIA. By than, its too late.
    Wish the rest of us understand this and stop being ignorants.


  • waqqas iftikhar
    Oct 20, 2011 - 2:09PM

    wonder if this has something to do with shabaz taseers kidnapping? internecine feud?Recommend

  • Zaki Khalid
    Oct 20, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Although it is nice to see them demand their rights according to the Sharia, what really amuses me is that keeping inheritance issues aside, the family is outright critical of the very Sharia with which they want their share :)


  • vroooooom
    Oct 20, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Did salman taseer not make a will ??


  • Samir
    Oct 20, 2011 - 3:30PM

    @King Julien you’ll have to explain yourself.. because atm your comment makes no sense and sounds rather callous and barbaric given what all has happened to them..


  • Ahmed
    Oct 20, 2011 - 3:47PM

    What a family!


  • lightning
    Oct 20, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Islam does not deny inheritance to illegitimate children, becz being illegitimate is no one’s fault. But the point abt believers n non-believers is correct


  • taneez ikhtiar
    Oct 20, 2011 - 3:52PM

    the older siblings are getting what is theirs according to Sharia. they just want to deprive Aamna from what is hers also,, ..Recommend

  • m
    Oct 20, 2011 - 3:59PM

    If Salman taseer has already named properties or business according to how he liked then the step children should take a step back.. If he has named certain things for his wife only let her be! This is a classic example of siblings fighting over wealth when fathers/mothers pass away! Very very sad
    Also I believe that Salman taseer wife has been more than a mother to his step kids have they forgotten that?be happy of what you hVe shan sanam and Sara!


  • muzaffar
    Oct 20, 2011 - 4:16PM

    come on ! its their family matter. stop commenting on it.


  • kazi jawed akhter
    Oct 20, 2011 - 4:28PM

    One beats the bush and the other catches the hare


  • Oct 20, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Sunni Traditions ??


  • Aziz
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:16PM

    He lived the whole life opposing shariah laws in Pakistan and died for it and it is irony that part of his family is asking to apply Shariah rules of inheritance. How long would you run from the Islamic Law? It comes the moment you die if you are Muslim, be it a nominal one, and thereafter need Jinaza, quran khawani….Setting aside Shariah debate, I wonder why enlightened & moderate and family of Taseer is not ready to share his fortune with kids from first marriage? Where are much uttered notion of justice, ethics, equity and humanity? Recommend

  • LoL
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:01PM

    I don’t care….why am I even reading this….why am I even writing this


  • MAD
    Oct 21, 2011 - 12:18AM


    He didnt ask to be concieved that way. I think he is entitled to something. either way that is not the issue here. Aatish taseer was never officially acknowledged by his dad and now that he is dead DNA testing would not be easy. However the striking resemblence to Shehryar remains.


  • soniya
    Oct 21, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Aatish taseer is muslim i heard. he has also mentioned in his book! so plz dont call him non-muslim


  • Huma
    Oct 22, 2011 - 3:03AM

    Illegitimate children do not inherit under islamic law. and unless something is gifted away in life it comes into the inheritance (otherwise not). also a will under islamic law is only legal upto the disposition of 1/3rd of the deceaseds estate, and if im not wrong, that too only to non-legal heirs, and to legal heirs only if the other legal heirs give their consent.

    as for the rest, salman taseer was a muslim so his estate, at least in pakistan, will be dealt with under islamic law, as in pakistan personal law applies in such matter.


  • Shameel Baloch
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Islamic law is what it is, not what you would like it to be. Illegitimate children do not inherit under Islamic law. Do some research before you write things.


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