Why should we remember Salmaan Taseer?

Published: January 4, 2014

Salman Taseer was certainly not a leader of the masses. He didn’t have the charisma of Bhutto or the populist support of Benazir. He was, however, a man who believed in a liberal Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

January 4 and 5 are two days that every PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party) supporter will remember, but for two very different reasons. January 5 is the birthday of their enigmatic party founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. January 4, on the other hand, remains one of the darkest days in our history of political murders – a day that is, surprisingly, not spoken of enough.

January 4, 2011, was the day when the serving Governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, was shot dead by his guard, because the guard was in disagreement with Taseer’s opposition to the blasphemy law. Salmaan Taseer’s assassin was a man called Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, reportedly a member of Dawat-e-Islami.

Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, Salman Taseer’s assassin. Photo: AFP

Murder of any kind is unacceptable. It is the most heinous of crimes known to man. However, murdering in the name of religion takes the crime to a whole new twisted and sick level. It exposes the fragility of religion and how it can be used to brainwash individuals into mindless submission to laws that, they believe, are superior to basic principles of humanity.

Taseer’s assassination was a classic example of this.

Taseer had the courage to stand up for a woman from a religious minority, who was imprisoned because of a particular law. This said law, the blasphemy law as commonly known, is a small drop in the ever expanding ocean of fundamentalism in Pakistan.

The body of the governor of Punjab province Salmaan Taseer is carried out of a hospital after he was shot dead in Islamabad January 4, 2011. Photo: AFP

Who was that woman?

Most of us would have probably forgotten her name because she has fallen in the background of idiotic and irrelevant arguments, such as that over the wall at Bilawal House.

Her name was Aasia Bibi.

Belonging to a village near Sheikhupura in Punjab, where hers was the only Christian family, she got into an argument over drinking water at work. Her fellow Muslim workers did not approve of a Christian drinking from the same cup as them. Emotions soared, her co-workers targeted her religion and she targeted theirs. First the local cleric and then the police was involved, and soon Aasia was imprisoned. Because Pakistan’s Sharia system considers a non-Muslim’s testimony to carry half the weight of a Muslim’s, she had difficulty defending herself in court and was finally sentenced to death by a judge in Sheikhupura; thus becoming the first woman in our history condemned to death on blasphemy charges.

As expected, protests ensued across the country.

The religious-right in the country displayed its ever-present knack for savagery, demanding that Aasia be hanged and even offering a bounty for anyone who would kill her. Some foamed at their mouths, beards wet with saliva, Arabic accents strong and eyes red. Others shook their heads in disgust and spoke up.

Salmaan Taseer was one of them.

What did he get in return?

Death from 27 bullets – by his own guard.

Policemen secure the site of a fatal attack on Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, by his bodyguard in Islamabad on January 4, 2011. Photo: AFP

A lesson needs to be learnt here. One that we have struggled to learn ever since Ziaul Haq’s religious bigotry completely altered the course of our country. Religious fanaticism cannot, and should not, be tolerated at any cost. The misuse of religion is the single reason this country has gone to the dogs and turned into a hotbed of extremism and terrorism.

If we had learned to accept religion as a personal matter, kept it separate from the state and not introduced laws promoting prejudice and hatred, we would have been in a much better shape. People need to speak up – the larger, the better.

There can be no neutrals here.

Being neutral is worse than sympathising with the fanatics.

This country needs more people like Salmaan Taseer. More people like Shahbaz Bhatti. Political affiliations need to be kept aside and affiliations based on common sense need to be brought to the fore front, especially on issues like these.

A portrait of the assassinated governor of Punjab Salman Taseer is displayed during a Sunday service at the Cathedral Church of the Resurrection in Lahore. Photo: Reuters

Salmaan Taseer was certainly not a leader of the masses. He didn’t have the charisma of Bhutto or the populist support of Benazir. He was, however, a man who believed in a liberal Pakistan. He believed in a country where freedom of speech was not frowned upon and where religious extremism was not ripe. However, such a country is a far cry from the Pakistan of today.

His political and business achievements or shortcomings all fall in the backdrop of his stance on this issue. A courageous man who spoke sense and stood against extremism as everyone else was surrounded by an ugly haze. It is because of these reasons that Salmaan Taseer should be remembered.

He was the voice of a liberal Pakistan.

He was the voice of a courageous Pakistan.

salman Zafar

Salman Zafar

The writer works in the Education Sector and tweets as @salmanzafar1985 (twitter.com/salmanzafar1985)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Hasan

    This is a funny world we are living in, you get killed for helping a helpless poor woman. Men die, their actions don’t. Bullets do kill men but the ideology remains alive in the hearts of people. Rest in peace Salman Taseer.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    I really don’t understand what is the problem with all you ‘Liberal’ people? Can’t Pakistan be a ‘moderate’ society. If the Irani journalist who threw shoes on George Bush is tortured to the point of death, what is the harm in shooting a man who supports someone who allegedly committed ‘blasphemy’? If, Aasia Bibi was innocent, it was the court’s matter to decide whether or not she deserves to be acquitted. What had Salman Taseer to do with the judgement? As the governor of Punjab, he should have paved ways for a just prosecution for the poor lady and ensured safety of the witnesses rather declare her innocent beforehand and term blasphemy law to be a ‘black’ one.
    Besides, in those times of horrible PPP-led coalition, when Taseer was killed, I supported Mumtaz Qadri not for his marvellous ‘service to the religion’ (sarcasm intended) but for atleast eliminating one of the leeches that sucked the blood of commonplace Pakistanis.Recommend

  • arshi

    do you have no idea how cases are handled in pakistan especially in matters of religion which have a huge public outrage. in all seriousness no court in pakistan will acquit a person in those conditions just due to public backlash so yes even if you are innocent you still are screwed. and that is what he wanted to change. how many cases have there been with actual proof of blasphemy being done aside from just some witness statement. the problem isn’t with liberal people its with people who think its ok to take the law in their hands either in the name or religion or personal vendetta and killing a man in cold blood. nothing justifies murder. and really people misuse the blasphemy law in pakistan and if you have any rational thinking you can’t deny that it happens and the public quick harsh reaction and the law makers in capabilities leave quite alot of innocents wrongfully sentenced and minorities vulnerable.
    The man wanted that wrongfully act to go away where you can just accuse someone of blasphemy and hand them to death so that the people especially those in a minority are not wrongfully targeted. and really being happy that a man died is shallow.Recommend

  • sam

    @aamna hassan fasihi- no disrespect intended but you are the perfect example of what is wrong with today’s Pakistan. you are holding a child in your hand in the picture and are asking that what is the harm in shooting someone who you yourself said allegedly committed blasphemy. A young muslim woman showing no compassion for a young christian woman. Learn to be human rather than follow this US vs Them mentality. The “liberals” as you mock consider everyone human first irrespective of religion and background and imo are hundred percent better than extremists disguised as so called moderates in our society like you. Such views like yours of the young urban adults were hard to see or in a very minority pre Zia era. People used to live life And the society was much much tolerant than today’s. “Tolerance” madam “Tolerance” .Recommend

  • Gulraiz

    “What is the harm in shooting a man who supports someone who allegedly committed ‘blasphemy’?” You tell me. What is the harm in killing anyone who supports anything? What is the harm in killing in general? You’re beyond help.Recommend

  • Dureen A Anwer

    May Allah give us the wisdom to understand the real teachings of Islam which are tolerance and peace. May Allah save us from bigotry and extremism. May Salman Taseer’s soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • l mera

    ‘The “liberals” as you mock consider everyone human first irrespective of religion and background——‘ l meraRecommend

  • A liberal

    His face (Mumtaz Qadir) i strongly detest!Recommend

  • deep

    If I were to tell you that Islam is not greater than the life of an individual nor is any other religion – Hinduism included – that even if Aasia bibi insulted your religion – you do not have the right to take her liberty away let alone her life. What taseer did was very ordinary – he supported another human being – only in our part of the world does it become an extraordinary act of bravery or wajib ul qatl – depending on which side of the spectrum you come from.Recommend

  • ovais

    We should also remember him for his immense corruption and lack of will to solve problems of punjab .. but then if i say this i am an extremist according to ET. We make too many shaheedsRecommend

  • Parvez

    One of the greatest tragedies of our time? Rest in peace Salman Taseer.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    How old are you? There is no difference between you and a Taliban extremist, who would shoot you and the baby you are holding in the picture for not covering your self up. I really feel sorry for you and your upbringing. Hudud law is not Islamic, it is set of regressive laws that target minority. Think before you write anything of this nature. If you are aspiring to study abroad in a western world, you might have tough time getting the visa for having such extreme view. As a human being you are entitled to your opinion, but the entitlement of free expression comes with being responsible. Corrective action for you is to apologize to the audience.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    You are simply wrong in supporting the killing of an innocent man. Again feel sorry for the upbringing you had.Recommend

  • Sheikh

    Mumtaz Qadri revive Ghazi Alam Deen Shaheed who killed a Hindu over writing a blasphemy book. Quaid e Azam was his advocate in the court. And Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal also supported him. But today the modern people of Pakistan are more educated and liberal than Quaid e Azam and IQBAL that they are supporting Taseer who never speak against drone attacks or any other issue of Pakistan except Assia Bibi. Why he was so aggressive about her this is the point to think. From where the pressure was coming on him that he came in action ?????????Recommend

  • xeelee

    I’m shocked that you are a woman and saying this, foolish people like me thought women at least have a heart..but i see and confess i was/am a fool.

    Nothing left to even say to you, except as someone has already pointed out, you or anyone has no right, i repeat no right to kill anyone for whatever reason :((

    here i quote from frank Herbert//Paul Mua’Dib >>The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. Between depriving a man of one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree. You have done violence to him, consumed his energy. Elaborate euphemisms may conceal your intent to kill, but behind any use of power over another the ultimate assumption remains: “I feed on your energy.”

    Liberalism, which you mock is just an acknowledgment of our limits, nothing less, nothing more!Recommend

  • Mehdi

    @et editors

    I am very disturbed by a samba fasih’s remark about supporting killing of an innocent man for supporting the rights of a helpless minority woman in Pakistan. How did it pass your censorship. Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Please tell me a single politician in Pakistan who is not corrupt. If you want to remember him for this, it’s your prerogative. But others like his stand against extremism.Recommend

  • Shariq

    Salman Taseer was worth more than what this or any article may depict. A politician, a humanitarian etc etc. But he was a visionary businessman. The kind Pakistan hasn’t seen much. The kind Pakistan desperately requires if it wants to rise as a respectable, progressive and welfare state. His death at the hands of a brainwashed, disloyal, hypocrite is a terrible loss to the image of Islam and of Pakistan.
    No one recalls what salmans father did for ghazi alam din. How can they, we forget…and we’re experts in forgetting to forgive.Recommend

  • Anshuman Tripathy

    “what is the harm in shooting a man who supports someone who allegedly committed ‘blasphemy’?”
    I hope atleast Now you people understand why we constantly label you ‘backward’ and ‘regressive’. No sane person in his / her right mind would ever say that sentence so matter-of-factly. Something is very very wrong in a society where people openly support the murder of a person who only wanted fair treatment of someone who was failed by the Justice system.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Although I don’t disagree with the general idea of this comment………I wish to point out that my name has been used by someone else.
    ET I hope you’ll put a stop to this, quickly.Recommend

  • Pakistan

    I naver seen him ever he said any words for innocent kashmiri females……..not seen him he open his mouth for other poor Pakistanies………….he never appeared any public support compaign…………why he support this chirstain girl………..only to make west happy……….shame….Recommend

  • jon jan

    I do agree that sectarianism and terrorism ihave becime bid deal to pakistan but if any broad mind will try look behind the scence he will be surprized after this schoing situation that it all planted by these americans and westrens in whole muslim umma just to destabalise them and demoralise them.
    Islam is a modrate religion that you can see around you in euroup and americarather than others but some people are acting on their personal belives as they grew up in that kind of socity.
    So called librals in pakistan are basicaly fasists who realy like to kill others if others will not agree to them.librals mean broad minded and modrates people not fashist
    Blessing for all and christen should also respect our prophet PBUH as we lv and respect jesuesRecommend

  • Ahmed

    You say “what is the harm in shooting a man who supports someone who allegedly committed ‘blasphemy” and then you criticize Mr Taseer for indulging in court’s affair?! Aren’t the two points totally polar opposite of each other?! It was Taseer’s fault to disturb court’s affairs but it is harmless/OK to kill the man extra judicially?!
    And you then you wonder why can’t Pakistan be a moderate state?! Biwi! Liberals don’t have a kill ready to kill people. Moderation comes from tolerating other people views, or at least not wanting to kill them!

    I would advice you to go study Quran a bit before you write your nonsensical comments.
    “I supported Mumtaz Qadri not for his marvellous ‘service to the religion’ (sarcasm intended) but for atleast eliminating one of the leeches that sucked the blood of commonplace Pakistanis.”
    Please go and read what the Quran says about murdering someone! irrespective of anything!
    You are a teenager, if this our youth then we are surely doomed. Totally irrational thinking, and mindless fanaticism (and you think you are not a fanatic! oh wow!). At least, at least, think twice before opening your mouth or writing such tasteless comments. Feel sorry for your upbringing, and this country together.Recommend

  • Ahmed

    “If the Irani journalist who threw shoes on George Bush is tortured to the point of death, what is the harm in shooting a man who supports someone who allegedly committed ‘blasphemy’?”

    Again, two wrongs don’t make one right! What are you on about?! Do you even know what are you saying? This Irani journalist threw shoes at Bush, whatever happened (if it happened) is to do with Iran and US! What does it have to do with Pakistan and Salman Taseer and blasphemy?! You are beyond hopeless.
    Also, if I may so say, please cover your head, as by your own logic a Taliban will be very right in taking your life for not covering up, also for the great dis-service you are doing to the religion by not covering up!
    (PTI supporter? I am not surprised you are one, for lack of logic and rational and abundance of fanaticism)Recommend

  • Sheikh

    The incident of Assia Bibi was also an example of his corruption y he was forcing on this issue only and y not talking about other issues of PakistanRecommend

  • guest

    i have christian friends and they all respect my religion. i have never met a christian so far either in pak or abroad who doesnt respect islam. its mostly muslims who have a problem with other peoples religion especially in a place like pak..n honestly it isn the us or westerb powers that have made pakistani people intolerant. it wasnt westerners who burned down a christian colony in pakistan and harmed innocents it was all us. so please stop blaming all our flaws on the western world the common people do a good job of being intolerant and hateful on their own. Recommend

  • Anshuman Tripathy

    You could either pray to God or you could actually try and make Pakistan more tolerant and peaceful by yourselves, not just for itself, but for the entire south east region.Ever tried going to the streets and holding protests over discriminatory/blasphemy laws in the constitution and unequal treatment of religious minorities by putting so much pressure on the Govt that it is forced to reconsider and change those laws instead of just burning US/Indian/Israeli flags everytime? No other country in south asia is a bigger threat to itself and others than Pakistan. Even Bangladesh and Nepal seem to be doing a lot lot better.Recommend

  • Bash Hussain

    A small minority can sit in the posh houses and disagree but the Muslims of Pakistan love Mumtaz Qadri.

    So save your breath and do something useful like leave Pakistan.Recommend

  • Anshuman Tripathy

    You could either pray to God and wait for things to get better by itself or you could actually try making Pakistan more tolerant and peaceful by yourselves, not just for itself, but for the entire south east region.

    I know it is easier said than done but I’ve never seen the Pakistani’aam admi going to the streets and holding protests over discriminatory/blasphemy laws in the constitution and unequal treatment of religious minorities by putting so much pressure on the Govt that it is forced to reconsider and change those laws.All I’ve seen protesters doing instead is burn US/Indian/Israeli flags to vent their frustrations. I may sound like a sanctimonious moron to you but I am saying this because I have been directly affected by the way people in India have come pouring out into the streets and have started protesting for changes in their society in the past few years. These protests have had a direct impact at the legislative level as the Govt has almost always heeded to their demands. be it the lokpal Bill or the Anti-rape law which were passed by the central Govt, they were a direct result of the public coming out on the streets and demanding for those rights.That is the hallmark of a true democracy.

    No other country in south Asia is a bigger threat to itself and others than Pakistan. Even Bangladesh and Nepal seem to be doing a lot lot better.Recommend

  • shani

    now reality change.. people wants sharia law’s.. to prevent these type of incident. KHILAFAH is needed.Recommend

  • Gulraiz

    No Mr Bash Hussain. We’re not a small minority, and not all of us live in posh houses. Also, we don’t use Martin Luther King’s picture and quotes as our profile picture when we actually believe that people should be killed for supporting an alleged ‘blasphemer.’ You do that. Unfortunately, people like you and @aamnahassanfasihi:disqus are found in large numbersRecommend

  • Gulraiz

    Ummm. He talked! A LOT. About Kashmir. To the point that people accused him of being anti-India and sabotaging Shahbaz Sharif’s love for all things Indian. Here’s a tweet from his timeline that you can go and see for yourself on Twitter as well:

    “We pray 4 the heroic brave ppl of Kashmir. Inshallah 2011 bring them azadi from the brutal occupation they have faced 4 so many long years”

    Your idiocy is only superseded by your ignorance. *Slow clap*Recommend

  • Gulraiz

    Sheikh sb, a lot of Pakistanis are equally, if not more, educated and liberal than Jinnah and Iqbal. They were no gods. They had their shortcomings – personal, professional, academic, and intellectual. The state of Pakistan has turned them into gods, and sheep like yourself have bought that claim.

    Also, when did drone strike become a national concern? I do not fine a single reference against drone strike in PTI’s Lahore jalsa of October 30, 2011. Please go through the live updates page of that event and tell me one instance where your beloved leader mentioned drone strikes. Here’s the page for your reference: http://tribune.com.pk/story/285058/pti-rally-in-lahore-live-updates/

    That jalsa was 8 months after Salmaan Taseer was killed. If it was such an important issue, why did the champion of drone strikes not even mention it once in his address?

    See, this is your problem. You are so short-sighted and ignorant that you have no idea what you’re blabbering most of the time.Recommend

  • Sheikh

    Thanks for calling me SHEEP, IGNORANT and SHORT-SIGHTED. First drone attack was in 2004 and when i claim that i like Imran Khan or PTI?
    Here is the link which will tell you about the details of drone attacks in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Dureen A Anwer

    Anshuman, as you can see how many people are speaking up against her on this blog. Yes there are some fractions of the society which are regressive and backward, we hate them too but just like how all Indian’s aren’t rapist, all Paksitanis aren’t terrorists.Recommend

  • Dureen A Anwer

    How about praying to God and making an effort at the same time? Protests might change things in India, here they usually don’t. People who want to reform the society are trying to do so in an educated manner. Like Mr. Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti. The law is’t going to change by protesting but it might with advocacy and lobbying. Individuals’ efforts might not make headlines but they are there. Yes Bangladesh is doing much better than Pakistan, Nepal I am not too sure about. At the end of the day its not a competition among these countries. Every country has its own dynamics, challenges and history.Recommend

  • Don’t Judge

    Issues should not be mixed up into other. He spoke regarding reflecting on laws which are problematic, respect of each prophet is valuable. Being Muslim we cannot discriminate any prophet. I believe Esa (E’salam), i believe Moosa(E’salam), I believe Younis (E’salam), I believe each prophet. Al hum du lillah Yah Rub al A’almeen.Recommend

  • Haris Javed

    Mainstream political parties and civil societies must end their culpable silence on this issue!! Blasphemy law has surely done more injustice than any other law.Recommend

  • Mohammad

    Aamna Hassan Fasihi, let the liberal
    fascists alone, i dont support the killing of Salman Taseer neither for
    supporting the accused lady nor for being truly a leech as you say it, however,
    i cant agree more with you on “If, Aasia Bibi was innocent, it was the court’s
    matter to decide whether or not she deserves to be acquitted. What had Salman
    Taseer to do with the judgment? As the governor of Punjab, he should have paved
    ways for a just prosecution for the poor lady and ensured safety of the
    witnesses rather declare her innocent beforehand and term blasphemy law to be a
    ‘black’ one.” Moreover, he was never witnessed supporting
    any humanitarian cause ever before which may lead us
    to believe that he was a philanthropist/human rights
    worker or someone following the footprints of Mother Teresa or
    Mr. Eidhi. Rather, he was witnessed using substandard, below the belt and
    derogatory language for his colleagues in the Punjab Govt and
    political opponents which show the worth of character/personality
    he possessed. In this case also, since he was head over heels in
    his arrogance of being in power, he acted in a much fascists
    and intolerant manner by totally disrespecting/ignoring
    the sentiments of millions of Pakistani’s for the blasphemy law regardless
    of it being right or wrong and yet people here who are mad in his appreciation
    claim themselves and him to be very tolerant. He also belonged to PPP, a
    political party who apart from it severe corruption and governance lapses
    has always stood and sacrificed for democracy which means respect and
    validation of majority’s opinion. It is also saddening for me to
    note that many of the commentators here who claim to be very progressive,
    liberal, tolerant and all those nice words are in fact fascists and
    sick minded people when just for your disagreement on Salman Taseer’s
    personality they are judging and commenting on your family and upbringing!
    SHAME on them all!Recommend

  • sane

    Islam is greater than everything including human livesRecommend

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ AMINA AMEIN

    Grievously Funny! That Episode depicts the level of Extremism in our Country today and off course its savage-phase.. Wajab-ul-qtal Should be that Folk Who is killing innocent people,It should be that whole Assembly of Corrupt politicians to whom You Ulemas show Sympathies in Elections!It should be that many of Yours Mureedans that deals and back-up drug-mafia,hoarding and Criminal-gangs!! What A Pity ! It is a Country where Emotional sentiments of masses outrage on Disrespect of Prophet Not Only But not on the Disrespect of His teachings and message!!!Recommend

  • gp65

    ET this person is openly justifying murder stating there is no harm in it. How did this comment pass your guidelines?Recommend

  • gp65

    Why just put the onus on political parties? Why no onus on civil society, media and judiciary?

    2 of PPP’s politicians were killed on this very issue. Sherry Rehman who tried to introduce a private member bill to address implementation issues in the blasphemy act has herself been accused of blasphemy and a judge forced the police to register a case against her.Recommend

  • Mohammad Arshad Aziz

    How can you claim what Salman Taseer said about the women or the law was right or wrong or how do you know whether the woman was rightly sentenced to death or not? How can you trust the media so easily. Nowadays we start and end our discussions based on what the media says whereas we are told to investigate anything before accepting or rejecting it. If you haven’t investigated anything personally you don’t have the right to pass judgement about it. Yes I agree and so do muslim scholars, that his killing was wrong and the murderer should be punished not only because he killed a man but he also put the name of Islam to it. The thing is you should not write articles about it or talk about it as You are basing your conclusions on what the media has told you. There is a high chance that we say something wrong because of which we are punished in the hereafter. Freedom of speech has been used so wrongly, Islam teaches us that every word uttered is written down and you will be asked about it on the day of judgment. That is why we are told to say something which is good otherwise remain silent.Recommend

  • Moiz

    Can you elaborate how sam’s comment about liberals is unfounded, instead of simple ad hominem. In all cases, liberals consider themselves humans first, religious adherents second. Radical Muslims on the other hand consider humanity to be of lesser importance than religion.Recommend

  • Saeed Ansari

    assassination is not a good thing ,, if he was involved in bad activities Govt has the duty to take actions ,,, as far as him ,,, Mr.Salman did not did anything usefull that our nation is proud of ,,,,Recommend

  • Moiz

    The media tells us about drone strikes, poverty, hunger, floods, disease, corruption, government scams and violence. Should we start disbelieving all these too?Recommend

  • Mohammad Arshad Aziz

    Sorry, you did not understand me. I never said we trust the media or not in the way to beleive it or not. I said we cannot base our argument or decisions on what the media tells us. You have to investigate it first. Like when I was in Karachi my parents used to call me and ask me Are you okay and I’d be like yes what happened and theyd say we just saw in the news that there is an outrage in Karachi and people are being killed and what not. Well there might be killing going on in a small part of Karachi but the media portrays it as if the whole of Karachi is under attack. I would believe them in a way that okay a part of karachi might have kiliings going on but since I am living there i wont believe what they say about the whole of Karachi, as I can see it with my own eyes. Now if i start an argument that the media is worng, I can as I am a witness to it, but if I say from Lahore that Karachi is under attack and all the people of karachi are in their houses their lives are not safe they cannot come out even to eat this would be wrong since i am basing all these things on a false claim as i havent investigated it and beleive me this has happened a lot of times. If this can happen to Karachi why not to drone attack or any other news the media tells us. We can accept or reject it but never base our argument on it without investigating it. Now if Salman had met the killer and Salman Taseer’s son and the woman who has been sentenced to death and the judge that made the decision and the witnesses then And had based his argument on that I would never have written this. I hope ive made my point clear, and Allah knows best.Recommend

  • ovais

    a person who is directly responsible for looting the common man , disilluding him and snatching his rights doesnt deserve the word shaheed according to me. For me i dont know if he commited blasphemy or not all i know he is like one of the 7000 killed during the time of zardari. and i dont remember any so i wont remember him as wellRecommend

  • voidist

    unless more tolerance is deemed as necessary as our next meal, Pakistan
    risks a total breakdownRecommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    What if I told you that even discussing ‘Holocaust’ in Europe is forbidden, regardless whether you favor it or sympathize with the Jews, just to avoid hurting someone sentimentally? What if I told you that even the most liberal people, of America, tortured an Irani journalist almost to death just because he threw a shoe at Bush and disgraced him? If that is acceptable just so that people are daunted from disgracing someone who’s revered by many, why isn’t Pakistani blasphemy law unacceptable?Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    Errrrrm, like I say why can’t we be ‘moderate’? I hate that Zaliman group as much as you do. But, that doesn’t mean I have to hate every thing that somehow relates to the Prophet PBUH. Thank you, but the Western world is really liberal. It wouldn’t judge me to be a ‘terrorist’ just because what I think or write is not ‘secular’. It’s the pseudo liberal mindset only in Pakistan that calls the other intolerant but itself has zero tolerance and terms everyone who disagrees to be an extremist.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    I support the killing of all such ‘innocent’ people who loot the country’s wealth. Try Mumtaz Qadri or hang him, I don’t care. But, at least Pakistan got rid of one corrupt man.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    And whatever upbringing I had, if you were a real ‘liberal’ you wouldn’t be stereotyping me.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    So basically, that is the flaw in prosecution. And I guess, the court when found out that Ramsha Maseeh was innocent, did actually acquit her and sentenced punishment for the person who falsely accused her. If taking the law in one’s hands is what Salman Taseer stood up against, come to think of it, he did so by taking law in his own hands too.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    I wonder if that is a matter only between Irani journalist and US, and no principle of ‘kindness’ and ‘humanity’ applies here then why was Aasia Bibi’s case not left unto the courts to decide and Salman Tasseer jumped in?
    Btw, if I were irrational and fanatic I’d be ranting ‘How can we talk to terrorists? Just launch a freaking operation against them’ despite seeing a staggering economy, irrelevant of how much it would cost, both in blood and money.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    Oh, so from now it stoops down from my school of thought to my gender? Sweet.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    I said that figuratively while exemplifying another issue, I suggest you read my comment first.
    The other thing was a desperate cry from a bourgeois Pakistani who is fed up of the corrupt.
    As for the irrational thinking and mindless fanaticism part, I don’t need a certificate from anyone, but just for the record, when Salman Taseer was killed, I consulted my Islamiat teacher. She gave me a few references and explained me how this law is not a BLACK law as Taseer had called it. I don’t need to justify myself when all everyone can think if ‘God, she’s so irrational and fanatic’ and nothing more.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    Read the analogy first. It is metaphorically related to some other thing I mentioned before thatRecommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    Then are Narinder Modi, Obama, General Al Sisi, George Bush etc quite backward and regressive too? Just asking.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    But all these pseudo liberals saw my repertoire and missed the actual point. ;)Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    Unfortunately, you guys can’t see that Salman Taseer and the agitators who burnt Badami Bagh community have one thing in common. ”They both took the law into their own hands”. That was the whole point but good God, when do ‘liberals’ ever see the actual point. ;)Recommend