Salmaan Taseer's assassination: FIR registered

Published: January 5, 2011
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Supporters and activists of Pakistani Peoples Party (PPP) gather for the funeral of late Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Lahore on January 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Supporters and activists of Pakistani Peoples Party (PPP) gather for the funeral of late Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Lahore on January 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Supporters and activists of Pakistani Peoples Party (PPP) gather for the funeral of late Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Lahore on January 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Investigators inspect the assassination site in Islamabad on January 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Rehman Malik visiting the site where Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer was murdered. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: A first-information report (FIR) of the murder of Governor Salmaan Tasser was registered at the Kohsar police station on Wednesday.

The FIR has been lodged under clause 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code and clause seven of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The late governor’s son, Shehryar Taseer, has stated in the FIR that his father was assassinated on the motivation and support of some political and religious parties.

He has also revealed that his father constantly received death threats before being killed in the capital.

Investigations into the murder continued as the funeral funeral prayers were held today. A joint investigation team visited the the late governor’s assasination site to collect more evidence. Heavy police contigents were deployed at the spot to preserve the evidence.

The autopsy report was completed and will be sent to the Islamabad Superintendent of Police (SSP). The report said that the bullet to Taseer’s neck was the one that proved fatal.

In Kohsar market, nine people were taken into custody for questioning.

The investigation team will conduct a background check of the assassin and has decided to contact the elite training center in Lahore to extract more evidence.

Updated from print edition (below)

Learning from mistakes: Police extra vigilant about forensic evidence

With the aftermath of former premier Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on their mind, police investigators appeared to be putting in every effort to properly preserve forensic evidence from the murder site of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer.

The police cordoned off the site immediately and continued investigations for hours after Taseer was killed. Vigilant commanders from Rangers and police stood on guard as investigators collected evidence from the crime scene.

The careful exercise seemed to be an attempt by the police to avoid charges that their counterparts, deployed at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi at the time of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, had to face.

The site of Bhutto’s assassination was immediately hosed down after the gun-and-suicide attack outside the public park in Rawalpindi in 2007. Senior police officials are still facing charges in courts for ordering to hose down the murder scene.

“We are extra careful to make sure that every piece of evidence is preserved … we don’t want to leave any loopholes this time,” explained a police official.

At the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), several senior officials of the city’s police and administration remained on their toes until Taseer’s autopsy was completed. In Bhutto’s case, the police did not proceed with the postmortem because the family did not agree to it, a controversy that remains unresolved.

“We will make sure that the autopsy is done even if the family doesn’t want it,” a police official said as some of his officers pushed back several leaders from the Pakistan Peoples Party who were trying to storm into the Pims mortuary.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Jan 5, 2011 - 5:01PM

    whats there to Investigate!! we know everything .. the MULLAHS are the cause of 100% of the issues faced by pakistan!!
    get rid of the Mullahs.. pakistan becomes a peaceful place..Recommend

  • KM
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:17PM

    Only if Police can become autonomous, trustworthy, reliable and disciplined … Half of the nation’s problems will be resolved.Recommend

  • Jan 5, 2011 - 9:35PM

    Police killed him. Off course there was some backing. Recommend

  • Asim
    Jan 5, 2011 - 10:03PM

    Whole society is interwoven with nepotism, injustice and corruption that how can you spare the police. The change has to come from all sides to cover everything. You can not exclude one and include another.Recommend

  • Noor Lodi
    Jan 5, 2011 - 10:28PM

    Who was Prophet Mohammed, May Allah be pleased with him and bestow his mercy upon him? Was he a Shia, Sunni, Barelvi, Deobandi, Hanafi, Maliki, Humbali, Agha Khanni, Wahabi, Harri pagri wala?? Which one of these sects or groups did he belong to?

    I think you get my point.

    We must outlaw all sects in Islam. it is the biggest mockery of the World’s greatest religion. No one group or these sects represent Islam. They are only meant for control and power. They meant to divide.We have to rise from these divisions into what we were meant to be. Only Muslims. Not Shia’s, Sunni’s or any one of these other dozens of sects of groups, but just Muslims.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jan 5, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Police should not be held responsible for the act of this individual. But this individual must not be spared at any cost. He killed someone based on his wrong interpretation of the religion. Those who taught him must also be arrested and tried. This is never going to stop if this guy is allowed to get away with it.Recommend

  • Arijit+Sharma
    Jan 5, 2011 - 11:58PM

    The beginnings of the collapse of the Pakistani state ……Recommend

  • Asim
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:03AM

    @ Noor Lodi

    I respect your passion and pain.. but you cannot get rid of sects. What is your responsibility as a muslim? Learn and educate yourself with the knowlege of mazhab and accept the decision of your aql (reason) and not your nafs (prejudices and biasness). You should have the courage to accept the truth when you find the truth. Islam is a religion of fitrat (nature) so this should be easy to find the true Islam if we find our true fitrat (and not the corrupted fitrat).

    After 1400 years of Prohet (SAW) you need to have a chain to reach him and for this chain you would need to have a trust on someone. If this trust is based on reason and logic only then you would be following the true religion that was professed and practiced by Prophet (SAW).

    All of these sects claim to provide you the trustworthy chain. So, what really is the correct and trustworthy chain? You have to take immense mushaqqat (struggle) for this. The true reward of religion is in this struggle.Recommend

  • sohail ahmad
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:26AM

    Religious Psychos Praise Pakistan Murder of Official

    Qadri appeared in court, unrepentant, where waiting lawyers threw handfuls of rose petals over him

    we condemn

    Salman Tareer’s tragic death demands that all of us should stand up like him & be counted & must not let his cause die. Please come to Kohsar market with candles & flowers a to pay him tribute for the courage he had shown to promote the vision of Quaid’s Pakistan.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:48AM

    @Noor Lodi
    The irony is there is no such thing as ‘only Muslims‘. Islam has been divided into 2 major divisions and total into 72 sects. Outlawing all of them will mean outlawing all of it’s followers.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:50AM

    @Noor Lodi
    The irony is there is no such thing as ‘only Muslims‘. Islam has been divided into 2 major divisions and total into 72 sects. Outlawing all of them will mean outlawing all of it’s followersRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 6, 2011 - 1:12AM

    i don’t have any sorrow……but that’s my opinion……but limits should be enforced in terms of what’s being stated or debated…….at the same time tighter laws are needed to prevent such incidents.Recommend

  • Juko
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:14AM

    @Noor Lodhi
    True that…Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 2:17AM

    Ninety percent of problems of today’s pakistan are created by Ziaul Haq. The media should contribute its mite and realise its duty to exercise retraint in over-playing the statements,rallies, meetings etc. of the radical elements. Recommend

  • Romm
    Jan 6, 2011 - 2:20AM

    Mullahs can’t be trusted, whatever school of Thought they belong to. Like Talibans , there are no good or Bad Mullahs. So, Government should Stop Pampering certain school of Thought of Mullahs. These Qabza groups need to be immediately Dismantled other Its just Beginning of the End!Recommend

  • wadi
    Jan 6, 2011 - 3:27AM

    @noor lodi so be it
    does islam exist? it is known as a religion of extreemists murderers terrorists and ignorant people.
    the world is courteous it avoids to tell us on our face. no one respects this religion now
    only people feel ashamed. you shower f;owe petals on murdrers
    pakistan is a disgrace for whole musli m world
    no wonder people conspire against you. they have a right to protect themselvesRecommend

  • henry buehler
    Jan 6, 2011 - 3:57AM
  • Asif Baig
    Jan 6, 2011 - 6:13AM

    we should not confuse extremist with conservatives. its funny how quickly we label each other.

    if someone is practicing religion, praying 5 times, reciting the quran, living an ordinary life, raising a family, belongs to a working class, shops, socializes with friends and so, does all that make him an extremist? i don’t think so.

    considering the circumstances, this was a simple act of provocation. anyone normal person could have acted in a similar fashion if he or she was subjected to hate, discrimination, personal attack etc etc.

    i liked what ansari the journalist quoted “lets say someone disrespects your father. you might ignore it. your sisters might stay put. but another brother of yours goes after the abuser and attacks him”.

    thats why such a reaction would have been unavoidable. if not qadri, it would have been someone else. not the taliban but a person from our day to day lives. it’s human nature. people act differently. some have tolerance and some don’t. but such provocative acts should not label the others as extremists. killing in the name of honor, just because someone’s daughter married a person of her choice. is that act any different?

    witholding law and order in a civilized society is a must. people can’t just adjudge others. we have justice systems and processes. everyone should be given a fair trial. too bad salman taseer never got one. but now this qadri dude deserves one as well. Recommend

  • Sabir Shah Hoti
    Jan 6, 2011 - 9:43AM

    One thing is true that this is motivation and support of some political actionsRecommend

  • John Darling
    Jan 8, 2011 - 1:38AM

    I am a non believing person. When I see such heinous crimes committed in the name of Islam. I am thrilled to have no connection with any grouping, as it would appear to me it brings nothing but misery and death to those that dare criticise. And to what end? Like it or not we are all in this world together, and who are these people to tell me how I should live my life? How boring a world would be if these fools ran it.Recommend

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