Salmaan Taseer's assassination: Security lapse or conspiracy?

President Zardari terms Punjab Governor's murder a "conspiracy" against the system and the country.


Express January 05, 2011

LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the murder of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer is a conspiracy against the system and the country.

He was addressing the ministers and parliamentarians of the Pakistan People's party (PPP) at Bilawal House in Karachi. President Zardari hoped that the motives and conspiracy behind Taseer's murder would be uncovered soon and the murderer brought to justice.

The President termed Taseer's murder a colossal loss to the PPP.

In a similar vein, Federal Law Minister Babar Awan said that it was important to find out whether Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassination was a security lapse or a conspiracy to destabilise Pakistan.

Speaking to the media in Lahore, the law minister lamented that the authorities had failed to provide adequate security to Taseer. He said that the assassination had left many questions unanswered.

Earlier, Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab said that the Punjab Governor was killed due to political reasons.

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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