Salmaan Taseer laid to rest

Published: January 5, 2011
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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani (3L) and his party ministers attend the funeral of late Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Lahore on January 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani (3L) and his party ministers attend the funeral of late Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Lahore on January 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was laid to rest at the Cavalry Grounds graveyard in Lahore after being flown in on an army chopper from the Governor House where funeral prayers were offered on Wednesday.

Air force and police personnel were also present at the graveyard to offer the former governor full state honours during his burial. His coffin was wrapped in the national flag and was lowered to the ground by uniformed rescue workers. Thousands of people attended the funeral prayers which were led by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Ulema wing General Secretary.

Several PPP leaders including Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and other party leaders gathered at the Governor House to participate in the prayers. Other senior leaders present at the funeral included Law Minister Babar Awan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Interior Minister Rehman Malik. Military officials also gathered at the Governor House to participate in the prayers. A six-member MQM delegation was also present at the Governor House.

High security was put in place in Lahore ahead of the governor’s funeral prayers. All roads leading towards the Governor House were closed and a large number of security personnel were deployed at the Governor House and the Cavalry graveyard.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday chaired a meeting to finalise the security plan for the funeral of late Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. Senior Advisor to the Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa, Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, MNA Marghoob Ahmad, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Acting IG Police and other senior officials attended the meeting. The participants condemned the assassination of the Punjab governor and also discussed arrangements for his burial.

The Punjab government has also formed an investigation team, led by additional DIG Nasir Durrani to probe the killing. DIG CID Mushtaq Sukhera and Shoaib Dastageer are also included in the team.

The PPP has announced a two-week mourning, while ceremonies to mark the birthday of PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto have been cancelled.

The national flag will also be put at half mast for three days. PPP workers have staged protests in various cities of Punjab to condemn the assassination. Markets and shops shut down in the province as the news of the murder spread.

Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, who recently angered religious zealots with his statements against the controversial blasphemy laws, was assassinated by one of his own guards in an upmarket neighbourhood of Islamabad on Tuesday.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Anil
    Jan 5, 2011 - 2:11PM

    May he rest in peace.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 5, 2011 - 2:15PM

    Major Imams refused to pray his funeral prayers. Nice censorship.Recommend

  • Amir
    Jan 5, 2011 - 2:27PM

    Did anyone from PMLN or other PML off shoots attend? Recommend

  • R.Raheem
    Jan 5, 2011 - 2:41PM

    Punish all Mullah’s & in no time, country would be on the road to progress.Recommend

  • Shams Ajani
    Jan 5, 2011 - 3:23PM

    Why was the President of Pakistan not present at funeral of Governor of Punjab?. Governor is representative of federation and President is head of federation.

    Also I read in papers that our President is going to USA to attend memorial service of Mr Richard Holbroke……….

    what can one say but feel really sadRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 5, 2011 - 3:36PM

    R. Raheem. Extra judicial killings coming back to the leaders. Leave Islam out of it.Recommend

  • Maha
    Jan 5, 2011 - 3:37PM

    RIP Salman Taseer.Recommend

  • Arif Shah
    Jan 5, 2011 - 3:40PM

    The greatest honour Salmaan Taseer’s colleagues can afford him is to banish the draconian law he so bravely spoke out against. It was an act he ultimately sacrificed his life for. Let it not be in vain.Recommend

  • Asif Raza Khaskheli
    Jan 5, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Punjab’s lion laid to rest, May his soul rest in peace Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jan 5, 2011 - 4:16PM

    well he is not a shaheed!!!!!Recommend

  • Dr Muhammad
    Jan 5, 2011 - 4:17PM

    If Salman Taseer’s words were replied by bullets, I am prepared to tear and rip the constitution of Pakistan, take up the gun and fight these religious men on the streets. If they are looking for a bloody, brutal civil war, I say it’s about time for it to start.Recommend

  • Jan 5, 2011 - 4:23PM

    RIP-Salmaan. We’ll not let your mission RIP. Recommend

  • qasim
    Jan 5, 2011 - 4:44PM

    only reason behind his murder and extremism is “secular extremism” from so called elite
    Recommend

  • Jan 5, 2011 - 4:51PM

    “Major Imams refused to pray his funeral prayers”

    I would not let these MULLAHS near me or my family.. good thing that they did not DISGRACE this man in his final rites.

    I will not do any kind of business with ANY ONE who worships behind these MULLAHS!!

    Its time for the Pakistani Nation to see who these Mullahs really are!! the ENEMIES of PAKISTAN .. PEACE and MOST of all ISLAMRecommend

  • drjkhan
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:03PM

    Sad thing is that the people who preach islam don’t know the main theme of islam and we who know the actual soul don’t take pain to understand, study and preach islam.Recommend

  • Neha Khan
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:13PM

    @ Raheem…. fully agree with you. I would add Saudi influence/money to the list we need to get rid of. Well, Mullah and Saudi money…one and the same thing. Recommend

  • Neha Khan
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:15PM

    @Ahmed…. if major Imams refused to offer the funeral prayers it only shows the decay our religion is facing in our country. Recommend

  • Ahsanullah Mehsud
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:19PM

    A victim of Battle of Ideologies . A war is going on in this country between reformist and conservative conformist. When this process started in Europe at the time of renaissance it took the lives of many. As resistance from the conservative lot is inevitable. Unless and until one or the other ideology dominate completely such incidents will happen.Recommend

  • Rao
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:23PM

    @Shams Anjani
    The President was not at the funeral because it is protocol to not have the number 1 and number 2 people with power at the same location, apart from the National Assembly, and meetings of the Parliament and at the President/PM houses. Obviously, this measure is there to ensure that in a state of emergency, someone elected is there to carry on the chain of command on an interim basis.

    Having said that, to see his sons’ sorrows at his funeral was very saddening. It was a sad day for humanity. Recommend

  • Yasir
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:30PM

    May his soul rest in peace……..and May Allah give hadayat to our mullahs…..Recommend

  • waseem raja
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:42PM

    if he was against blasphemy law then I too not ready to join his funeral… nothing is dearer to me than my beloved PROPHET Mohammad (S.A.W).Recommend

  • Zafar
    Jan 5, 2011 - 5:45PM

    RIP Salman Taseer. Recommend

  • Jan 5, 2011 - 5:47PM

    mark my word!! we need to follow KAMAL ATA TURK
    there is not going to be ANY PEACE in this country until and unless the constitution avenue in Islamabad is paved with the beards of these KAFIR MULLAHS!!Recommend

  • Jan 5, 2011 - 6:17PM

    I am so ashamed. Despicable act.

    RIP to Salman Taseer. He was indeed fearless.Recommend

  • Thaqalain
    Jan 5, 2011 - 6:30PM

    What we read and portray and post here is not reflected in the streets of Pakistan. Even people at birth place of Taliban in Kandahar are not so brutal then the Punjabi Talibans.
    Sooner or later Afghanistan will be civilized and devleoped , but we destroyed our Pakistan ourselves , I will blame it to military regime of Zia and Security Agencies. Mullas are on their pay roll.Recommend

  • SH
    Jan 5, 2011 - 9:29PM

    @ Waseem Raja and people like him: No one is questioning your religion. The “Blasphemy Laws” were man made, not divine, and have been used to persecute and discriminate; and even though no one has been hung as of yet, hundreds have been killed merely for having been accused.
    However, if the Holy Prophet (pbhu) could show tolerance to all the acts performed against him during his time perhaps you should go read and learn a little more about “your beloved Prophet” and the real teaching of Islam….clearly you got things wrong somewhere! Get over yourself; religion is a personal thing; the Prophet said it can not be imposed on others. Go read more, and keep your sentiments to yourself.
    Now how about the rest of us continue with the rational discussions in this thread. RIP Salman Taseer.Recommend

  • M Zafar Khan Safdar
    Jan 5, 2011 - 11:46PM

    Very Sad…………… The president is attending the memorial services of richard Halbroke but did not attend his own Governor’s funeral….. very sad Alas!!!Recommend

  • Humanity
    Jan 5, 2011 - 11:55PM

    @ waseem raja sahib wrote “if he was against blasphemy law then I too not ready to join his funeral… nothing is dearer to me than my beloved PROPHET Mohammad (S.A.W).”

    How about standing up against the violations of the message of Islam brought by the Holy Prophet (SAW)? Hypocrisy, corruption, bribery, sense murders, robberies, oppression of the weak and the list goes on and on.

    You are willing to take a life for a man-made blasphemy law while you watch and maybe practice the evil deeds that the Holy Prophet (SAW) told not to do.
    What punishment should be meted out the disobedient who disregard the message of the Holy Prophet (SAW)? Please give us guidance, Mr. Raja.Recommend

  • Nabiha
    Jan 6, 2011 - 12:03AM

    May his soul rest in peace!Recommend

  • Jan 6, 2011 - 1:07AM

    The enemies of Islam and Muslims are non-other than these mullahsRecommend

  • truthhurts
    Jan 6, 2011 - 5:40AM

    @ Waseem Raja and people like him: No one is questioning your religion. The “Blasphemy Laws” were man made, not divine, and have been used to persecute and discriminate; and even though no one has been hung as of yet, hundreds have been killed merely for having been accused.
    However, if the Holy Prophet (pbhu) could show tolerance to all the acts performed against him during his time perhaps you should go read and learn a little more about “your beloved Prophet” and the real teaching of Islam….clearly you got things wrong somewhere! Get over yourself; religion is a personal thing; the Prophet said it can not be imposed on others. Go read more, and keep your sentiments to yourself.
    Now how about the rest of us continue with the rational discussions in this thread. RIP Salman Taseer

    WELL SAID SH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Recommend

  • Saleem Jutt
    Jan 6, 2011 - 1:53PM

    May God rest the soul of Governor. He fought a good fight only to lose his life in the hands of a coward who fired on an unsuspecting and unarmed man. Recommend

  • Amile Gulzar
    Jan 7, 2011 - 9:14PM

    Brave man Salmna Taseer..May his soul rest in peace.Ameen.Recommend

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