Salmaan Taseer gets top US peace prize

Published: November 30, 2013
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Former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer has been honoured with the Martin Luther King Junior Peace Award for his efforts in promoting human rights, peace and humanity. PHOTO: FILE

Former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer has been honoured with the Martin Luther King Junior Peace Award for his efforts in promoting human rights, peace and humanity. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer has been honoured with the Martin Luther King Junior Peace Award for his efforts in promoting human rights, peace and humanity. On behalf of the late governor, the award was received by family members at a ceremony on Friday.

Salmaan Taseer is the first non-American to receive the Martin Luther King Jr Award. Since 1979, the annual award honours those who make a significant contribution to the furtherance of Martin Luther King’s non-violent approach to eradicate racial, economic, and social injustice.

Taseer was assassinated in January 2011 for supporting a Christian woman, Aasia Bibi, who was falsely implicated in a blasphemy case, for which the court had awarded her death.

Addressing the gathering, Muslim-Christian Fellowship International chairman Zia Mahmood, who had presented the award, said that Salmaan Taseer was a man of courage who had always helped the depressed and the poor. He said that the sacrifices rendered by the late governor for the sake of peace, tolerance, social justice and human rights could not be forgotten.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2013.

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  • Ahmed
    Nov 30, 2013 - 9:33AM

    Btw , when she was falsely implicated then why has no one said anything about the court? Why has that been sidelined?

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  • csmann
    Nov 30, 2013 - 11:43AM

    A deserving man!murdered by a coward!!

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  • Prof. Shahid Mobeen
    Nov 30, 2013 - 12:51PM

    Governor Salman Taseer’s family has given a very big sacrifice. We pray for his soul and consolation for his family. These awards are important recognition of the truth which Taseer witnessed in his life and his family continues living that witness.

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  • Baba Ji
    Nov 30, 2013 - 1:10PM

    Yeah … Obama also got the nobel peace prize … West and it’s ways !!!!

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  • Shamim Mozaffar
    Nov 30, 2013 - 1:44PM

    This news
    makes my day but alas no such award for him from his native country

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  • sattar rind
    Nov 30, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Question of approval or disapproval of this award make no sense. Shaheed Sulman Taseer was great person and a cheap and mently Sick person Had killed him.

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  • Ali Naqi Hamdani
    Nov 30, 2013 - 2:38PM

    How dare they didn’t give it to Malala…!!!!Recommend

  • Iqbal Ismail
    Nov 30, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Congratulations! Richly-deserved! We killed you, but you still live in our minds, hearts and our souls.

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  • Nisar Chowdhari
    Nov 30, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Why the Medal now???? It seems funny that instead of giving him the award immediately after his death why now, do the people who are responsible have to put in a narrative that in Pakistan there are too many fundamentalist who are in control in Pakistan and they are killing people like Salman Taseer and also tried to kill Malalah and both of these persons have been awarded rewards for standing against these people

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  • Afaq
    Nov 30, 2013 - 5:22PM

    Sad to hear this. We should not promote this guy.Recommend

  • oton
    Nov 30, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Salman taseer was a man of guts. . He wasn’t coward! Recommend

  • Dr.M.M.han
    Nov 30, 2013 - 5:59PM

    The man loved his country and it’s people. He was murdered in cold blood by his own bodygard who was not insane. The lawyers of pakistan threw rosepetals on him to celebrate and wanted to defend his actions. The Govt.refused to attend Taseer’s funeral. The reward is appropiate–the timing is immaterial. The question to be asked is ? has anything changed for the better in his beloved country.Recommend

  • Jax
    Nov 30, 2013 - 7:10PM

    I still don’t believe that people actually celebrated that maulvi who killed him.Recommend

  • Taliban
    Nov 30, 2013 - 7:18PM

    Why west ignore Abdul Sttar Edhi?
    The award should go to himRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Nov 30, 2013 - 7:26PM

    A brave man has been recognized and honored. His daughter stood by him and she is equally brave. An coward who was supposed to guard him, betrayed him and killed him and the more insane lawyers praised him and showered rose petals on him. What to say of the Chief Justice who has the fame of going personally to the rapist of Rinkle and praising him for converting Rinkle? He has kept Asia Bibi in prison and she is still in prison and that too solitary confinement. The entire Parliament and Assembly that praised Osama Bin Ladin, declared him a shaheed and recited funeral prayer under islamic tradition refused to condemn the lunatic killer of Salman Taseer. Worse still is that Salman Taseer’s son has been kidnaped and no one knows anything about him. The army, government or those who oppose drone strikes so vehemently and those who always speak for the talibans have no courage or moral value left even to appeal to the talibans to release him. Recommend

  • naeem khan
    Nov 30, 2013 - 8:37PM

    who is he???????????????????Recommend

  • hussam hur
    Nov 30, 2013 - 8:55PM

    salman taseer’s son is still missing.why? yousaf raza gillani’s son is still missing.why?Recommend

  • hussam hur
    Nov 30, 2013 - 8:56PM

    its all about the corageRecommend

  • Zahir Qaiser
    Nov 30, 2013 - 9:04PM

    @Raj – USA:

    You’re mistaken bro, the Parliament never passed any resolution for Osama Bin Laden and while one member did try to recite fatiha for him he was not allowed to. As for Salman Taseer Shaheed the PPP did not have enough votes to get the resolution passed in his favor whereas the Supreme Court issued a stay order on President’s intention of granting her pardon.Recommend

  • azmat khan
    Nov 30, 2013 - 9:44PM

    Salman Taseer belonged to a noble family, which rendered valuable services to the country but many people do not know. The deceased fully deserved this distinguished honour.He will be remembered for ever.But now the supporters of the cursed killer of Taseer, mullahs and the lawyers should fabricate an award in retaliation for Qadri also.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Nov 30, 2013 - 10:01PM

    @Taliban:
    “Why west ignore Abdul Sttar Edhi?
    The award should go to him”

    I would entirely agree with you on this. I have great admiration for Edhi Sahab. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Dec 1, 2013 - 1:09AM

    @Afaq:
    And why shouldn’t this guy not be promoted ?

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  • Aslam Abbas
    Dec 1, 2013 - 2:38AM

    It is good to honour people who support who humainty and human rights.And he was honoured for raising voice against the murder of christain girl.
    but unfortunate to say who cares for daily loss of dozen lives Innocent lives In Pakistan by the drone attack and bomb blasts daily. Even not a single day we are sure that we are safe today.
    Where is human right activist of the world and those people who give away awards at the name of Human reform or right.

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  • Dec 1, 2013 - 3:36AM

    Pakistanis who are admired all over the world and hated in their homeland.
    Malala Yusafzai
    Dr. Abdus Salam
    Salman Taseeer

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  • Crazy Canuck
    Dec 1, 2013 - 1:29PM

    Yet another innocent victim of religious intolerance and rhetoric. A recognition well deserved.

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  • Iron hand
    Dec 1, 2013 - 2:44PM

    @Peeves Devil: Don’t forget Dr. Afridi.

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  • Stranger
    Dec 2, 2013 - 12:50AM

    Thanks God Phero of Egypt, Shadad of Arab and haman are not amongst us for they would have been declared Shaheed for bravely standing against God like Taseer for pennies………

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:29AM

    @Baba Ji: Obama is performing efficiently

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:35AM

    @Ali Naqi Hamdani:
    Malala is already rewarded in many ways.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:37AM

    @Iqbal Ismail:
    He will be remembered and missed for ever.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:43AM

    @Jax:
    People admired him.Not only mullahs but the so called lawyers community too.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 2, 2013 - 6:48AM

    @Iron hand:
    Good

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  • Parvez Amin
    Dec 2, 2013 - 7:06AM

    Make the release of Salmaan’s son a condition before talks with the Taliban. Can any sane person on any grounds justify holding the young lad? Release the boy.

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