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S Asia Ignoring threats, Pakistanis pay respects to Salman Taseer

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  1. spnadmin

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    Despite threats from a section of clerics that anyone who grieved for slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer would meet a similar fate, people crowded his gubernatorial residence in Lahore on Wednesday to pay their last respects before his body was buried with full state honours.

    In fact, there were reports from Lahore that the funeral prayers were delayed because several clerics refused to lead the ‘namaaz-e-janaaza' (funeral prayer). This reluctance on the part of clerics to lead the funeral prayers was attributed to a diktat issued to this effect by Jamaat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan. The body was then flown to a nearby graveyard for burial in the presence of his three sons and a close circle of friends and relatives.

    While President Asif Ali Zardari did not attend the funeral for security reasons, the entire leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) — which rules Punjab province at the head of a coalition government — was apparently asked by the Pakistan People's Party to stay away for fear that it could lead to clashes between workers of the two parties.

    Taseer's body was flown from Islamabad — where he was gunned down by his own security guard on Tuesday afternoon — to Lahore late Tuesday night. The body was kept at the Governor's House where Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani led the nation in mourning the death of a man who was also renowned Urdu poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz's nephew.

    Though there were apprehensions of violence, the day passed off incident-free. Lionised by a section of Pakistan for silencing a voice that had supported an alleged blasphemer and called the blasphemy laws “`black laws'', the assailant Malik Mumtaz Qadri (26) — according to Interior Minister Rehman Malik had requested to be put on Taseer's security detail on Tuesday.

    Questions are being asked why none of the other security personnel around Taseer had opened fire at Qadri and some of them have also been detained by the police for interrogation. Qadri was presented before a magistrate in the district court in Islamabad on Wednesday and the case has been transferred to an anti-terrorism court.

    Meanwhile, civil society sought to come to terms with Taseer's assassination and its ramifications for Pakistan. For most, it represented not just growing intolerance but shrinking of space for any kind of discourse. Candle-light meetings were organised in Islamabad and Karachi. In Islamabad, the parking spot in Kohsar Market — where he was gunned down — was christened “Salman Taseer Square” by activists as they remembered him and lamented for the Pakistan envisaged by founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article1034830.ece
     

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    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/7802348-roses-and-praise-for-pakistan-governors-killer

    Pakistan's Punjab province governor Salman Taseer was assassinated by his own guard, named Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. He surrendered himself after the assassination of governor and now is in police custody.

    On Wednesday, lawyers and a muslim religious group showered the killer of Punjab's governor with rose petals and praised him over the assassination of Salman Taseer.

    Though, Pakistani officials and media had condemnd Salman Taseer's assasination , but local citizens have a different opinion about it.

    Salman Taseer's killer, Mumtaz Qadri, is appeared as a hero to most of the Pakistanis. Majority thinks that Qadri did the right thing as a Muslim.

    Governor Salman Taseer was against the blasphemy law and he was trying to save a christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy and was sentenced to death by a Pakistan's court.

    In Pakistan, anyone who will be convicted to blasphemy will get the death sentence, according to Pakistan's law.
     

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    It is very true that the very government in Pakistan is under threat from this event, because of the internal support for blasphemy laws. The situation is very dangerous for Christians, for Sikhs, for even Muslims themselves.

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/12/p...away-business-card-of-man-named-muhammad.html



    What is interesting - in the original article - this paragraph.


    And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Forgive me for repeating myself when I say that.
     
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    I think people all over the world People who use to believe that Only small section of society in Pakistan or Afghanistan support terrorism got befitting reply.500 Ulema's are not small section.The support of fundamental islam is much bigger in those countries
     

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