Pakistani Punjab governor Salman Taseer shot dead in Islamabad

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  1. ejazr

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    Punjab provincial governor shot dead in Pakistan

    Gunmen killed the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling party, in Islamabad on Tuesday, his spokesman said.

    “Yes he has died,” said the spokesman for Salman Taseer. His death comes as the Pakistan People’s Party-led government is trying to muster support in a political crisis that erupted after a key coalition partner quit.

    Mr. Taseer is a vocal member of the ruling party who has recently spoken out against the country's blasphemy law.

    Police say the governor was killed by his own guard in an attack at a popular shopping centre known as Khosar market. Many Westerners and wealthy Pakistanis shop there or spend time in its coffee shops.

    It has long been considered a potential target for militants wreaking havoc in the country.

    Meanwhile, Pakistan's most powerful opposition group hinted Tuesday that it would not back a no-confidence vote against the prime minister — a stance that could save the government of this nuclear-armed nation from toppling.

    The possibility of government collapse is the latest crisis facing Pakistan as it grapples with a foundering economy, relentless militant attacks and U.S. demands to help turn around the war in Afghanistan.

    The ruling coalition's future was thrown into doubt Sunday after the second-largest member of the coalition, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, joined the opposition, depriving the government of a parliamentary majority.

    On Tuesday, senior members of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, the leading opposition group, wouldn't say where they stood on a no-confidence vote before they convened in Islamabad to decide. But officials suggested they would not move against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

    “Our aim is not to overthrow this government, but if it collapses, it will collapse because of its own incompetence and bad governance,” said PML-N spokesman Sadiqul Farooq.

    Gilani could rule with a minority coalition but would have to step down if he lost a no-confidence vote. Parliament could then vote on an alternative candidate or possibly move toward early elections.
     
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  3. Vikramaditya

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    that guy is owner of daily times and quite anti Indian so one checkmate.....
     
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    this guy is assassinated by its own security personal because Punjab governor is against blasphemy law in pakistan
     
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    one more corrupt politician gone. Wats the use of doing corruption when he can't take anything with him. Hope he get place in Jannat
     
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    ^^ more and more corrupt politician in pakistan is good for India...LOL
     
  7. Singh

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    Daily Times is one of the more liberal papers. And he is far less anti-Indian than most Pak politicians, though being of Kashmiri descent his views on Kashmir were rather unpalatable to us.

    He had powerful enemies like the Sharif brothers, right wing groups, mullahs, conservatives, orthodox etc , and he was too arrogant, showy,liberal and abrasive.

    In politics no one is clean. Taseer was appointed by Musharraf, yet continued under Zardari.
    Another liberal bites the dust in Jinnah ka Pakistan.

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    Check out his twitter stream before it is closed, http://twitter.com/SalmaanTaseer His tweets are one of a kind.

    His father was of Kashmiri origin, whereas his mother was of european descent iirc. He has had several children with different women. He also had an out of wedlock son with Indian journalist Tavleen Singh called Aatish Taseer, who lives in India and has authored a book on what it is to be a son of an Indian Sikh mother and a Pakistani Muslim father.

    RIP Mr. Taseer, you paid the ultimate price for standing up for an innocent Christian in Pakistan.
     
  8. Singh

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    Article on Taseer's tweets

    Great moments in 21st century diplomacy


    Thousands of politicians all over the world are now on Twitter, and not all are using the social networking tool wisely. Take Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, a businessman who owns the Daily Times newspaper and is said to have been close to Benazir Bhutto, the late prime minister.

    On Saturday, he tweeted this ill-conceived joke:

    "One of first politicians to condemn mad Florida pastor Terry Jones was Sara Palin who said 'it was inhuman to burn a Korean'! God bless USA"

    Apparently not everyone got it, because he later tweeted:

    "I'm amazed that the simplistic pathetic remarks to my JOKE that Sarah Palin can't tell difference between a KOREAN and QORAN! Humour?"

    He followed up that tweet with this winner:

    "My farms rice crop has never been better because of the rains.Almost ready now ,huge robust grain practically no canal water was required"

    A bit insensitive, perhaps, given how the vast swaths of the country have been inundated by catastrophic flooding, not to mention the inherently sensitive politics of land ownership in Pakistan? No matter. When criticized by journalist Dean Nelson (@delhidean) of the Daily Telegraph, who asked, "will you give ur crop to farmers whose land was flooded by Sindh landowners?," Taseer tweeted resignedly: "These r retards i have 2 deal wth."

    Nice.

    http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/09/13/great_moments_in_21st_century_diplomacy
     
  9. Singh

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    Here is a picture of the special forces soldier Qadri who assassinated Taseer, ostensibly because he wanted to re-appeal Blasphemy laws.

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    This is symptomatic of a country that is moving towards chaos. Any person with moderate view would either get assassinated or would leave the country fearing for his/her life.This unfortunate incident shows hows deep Pakistan has fallen.

    Its also a lesson to anyone in India, who still thinks Pakistan can be changed into a moderate country.
     
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    thats one of his tweet..

    earth already has enough


    indians respect the dead even the enemy
     
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    ^^ I don't know what that tweet says about Taseer, but your post is in bad taste. It doesn't behoove an Indian to mock the dead.

    In any case, people in Pakistan are by and large unmoved and some even happy over Taseer's assassination, shows the extent of radicalization that has crept in there. Phenom has made a pertinent post.

    Wow Taseer's murderer has a facebook page and 1300+ fans already !! http://www.facebook.com/Malik.Mumtaz.Qadri?v=wall


    We Support the action of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri and want that Supreme Court of Pakistan take immediate action against his arrest and order to free him.

    Qadri tujhay Salam!
     
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    Wow amazing reaction from the Vernacular press and the public to the assasination of the Punjab Gov. After this do we have any doubts about the direction Pakistan is heading to ,

    Lawyers shower Pakistan governor's assassin with rose petals

    [QUOTE]The assassin of the outspoken Pakistani governor was showered with rose petals by lawyers and people as he made his appearance in a court room to face murder charges, laying bare the increasing radicalisation of the Pakistani society.

    Mumtaz Qadri, the police bodyguard who killed the Punjab governor Salman Taseer, appeared unrepentant in court, where waiting lawyers showered him with rose petals and others in the crowd slapped his back and kissed his cheek as he was led out amid heavy security, British newspaper The Guardian reported.

    The paper said that religious organisations applauded the murder of the moderate governor and hailed his killer as 'Ghazi', religious warrior underscoring Pakistan's journey from a nation defined by moderate Islam to one increasingly influenced by fundamentalists.

    The internet in Pakistan has been flooded by fan pages for Qadri, with one facebook page attracting over 2,000 followers before being taken down and there were even small demonstrations in favour of the killer in the country's turbulent Northwest.

    While the big mainstream political parties condemned the murder and a tearful thousands attended his funeral, the big and small religious outfits declared that he deserved to be killed for his views.

    The Guardian quoting police officials said that Qadri, 26, was a known radical in the police service who had previously been declared unfit by superiors for guarding VIPs. Qadri told interrogators that he was proud to have killed a blasphemer.

    "We pay rich tributes and salute the bravery, valour and faith of Mumtaz Qadri," acclaimed Jamaate Ahle Sunnat Pakistan, one of the biggest organisations of Barelvi, representing 500 religious scholars.

    The assassination has further deepened turmoil in nuclear-armed Pakistan, where the economy is barely scraping by and suicide attacks by Islamic extremist groups are mounting.

    The government is struggling with the collapse of its ruling coalition.

    "Words like liberal and secular have become demonised in the nation," The Guardian said quoting political leaders[/QUOTE]
     
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    Start of another conspiracy theory from Pakistan,

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    The rot has seeped in so deep that clerics had refused to lead the funeral prayers. Also disturbing for the future is that no leader from Nawaz Sharif's party attended the funeral. It seems that Mian Sharif is again flirting with the religious parties and the army to get back to power.

    Pak clerics refuse to lead funeral prayer for Taseer

     
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    Damn fool these clerics!

    He was a Muslim and is there any law [religious] that prevents a Muslim from being buried as per Muslim customs?
     
  17. The Messiah

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    Thats why clerics (of any religion) should not get power. One of the reasons i prefer secular India to remain as it is.

    Also as per my understanding cleric in islam is not over another average muslim in rank and he isn't really needed. any muslim can lead prayers. even in weddings cleric isn't required.
     
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    India condemns Taseer killing

    External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has condemned the assassination of Pakistan's Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

    In a letter to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Mr. Krishna expressed his deep sorrow over and shock at the death of a “dynamic and progressive leader.”

    “On behalf of the people and the government of India and his own, Mr. Krishna conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the people of Pakistan,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

    Taseer was gunned down by one of his guards on January 4. The guard, who surrendered to the police, was said to be upset with his stand on changing blasphemy laws.

    The immediate provocation was said to be Taseer visiting a woman sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, and forwarding her mercy petition to President Asif Ali Zardari.
     
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    "Dynamic and progressive leader" my arse. A rabid anti-India bigot is more like it!
     
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    You are so right , even clerics do the job for what they are there. But i never understand how they have that much influence. My solution for India ban religion school no matter which religion. Then young kid learn them self that world is something else rather then what these people want to tell them.
     

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