Deadly Intolerance: Punjab Governor Salman Taseer Killed (1946-2011)

Posted on January 4, 2011
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Salman Taseer - Governor Punjab, businessman, media mogul, PPP leader – was gunned down outside a restaurant in Kohsar Market, Islamabad, by one of his own guards. The guard – reportedly, a Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri – was part of the security Elite Force depute assigned to keep Salman Taseer safe gunned down the Punjab Governor with as many as 27 bullets. Later the guard handed himself to the police and said that he had killed Salman Taseer because of his vocal opposition to the Blasphemy Law.

Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri may have pulled the trigger but let us all hang our head in shame today because Salman Taseer was killed by the intolerance, the hatred, the extremism, the vigilantism, the violence and the jahalat that now defines our society. He was killed by the unchecked abundance of false sanctimony where custodians of morality have been breathing fire and instigating violence. Each one of us, including his own party, should be ashamed today for having tolerated the pall of intolerance that has eventually gunned down this man. Today’s Pakistan is defined by Mumtaz Hussain Qadris. They exist all around us. And it is all of us who tolerate them and their intolerance. It is this tolerance of intolerance that kills.

Today, it claimed yet one more victim.

Just as one example of many that we should have been paying heed to already, it was less than a month ago that a dispicable man in Peshawar was publicly offering money to anyone who would murder in the name of the blasphemy law. The news flashed on the media. Was highlighted in disgust by those like us. Yet, no action was taken; indeed, not even note was taken by those in power. It was ignored as mere ‘josh i khitaabat’ and emotionalism. It was obviously more. The tragedy is that there are too many like this man. Are people like him not responsible for spreading hatred and the results of that hatred? People instigating violence. People celebrating violence. People supporting violence. All of these people are responsible for Salman Taseer’s death. As are all of those who have stood silent and let these merchants of violence sell their wares. (Full story here).

At one level the details of what exactly happened in Islamabad today are less important than what we have allowed to happen in our societies for all the years that have led to this day, but for those who may not have seen the (still developing) details, here is an update from Dawn:

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. Police official Mohammad Iftikhar said Taseer was gunned down by one of his elite security force protectors. Five other people were wounded as other security personnel responded to the attack. Police said earlier Taseer had been shot nine times and wounded near his Islamabad home in the F6 sector and close to Kohsar market, a popular shopping and cafe spot frequented by wealthy Pakistanis and expatriates.

Another police official, Hasan Iqbal, said a pair of witnesses told the police that as the governor was leaving his vehicle, a man from his security squad fired at him. Taseer then fell, while other police officials fired on the attacker. In recent days, as the People’s Party has faced the loss of its coalition partners, the 56-year-old Taseer has insisted that the government will survive. But it was his stance against the blasphemy laws that apparently led to his killing.

Interior Minister Rahman Malik told reporters that the suspect in the case had surrendered to police and told them he killed Taseer because “the governor described the blasphemy laws as a black law.” Taseer was believed to be meeting someone for a meal, Malik said. Other members of his security detail were being questioned, Malik said. The security for Taseer was provided by the Punjab government. “We will see whether it was an individual act or someone had asked him” to do it, Malik said of the attacker.

288 Comments on “Deadly Intolerance: Punjab Governor Salman Taseer Killed (1946-2011)”

  1. AsAD says:
    January 4th, 2011 5:41 pm

    Cruel. Absolutely cruel.

  2. Sameer says:
    January 4th, 2011 5:43 pm

    May God save this country.

  3. Farrukh says:
    January 4th, 2011 5:51 pm

    Aik Insan ka qatal poori insaniat ka qatal hai

  4. mechanical engineer says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:02 pm

    i would have killed him if i had got the chance, jisne article likha hai woh shaks bhi apni islaah karay, main kisi ko koi dhamki nahin de rahay albatta apni soch ko tabdeel karne ki salah de raha hun, in jese logon k saath aisa hi hota hai…

  5. HH says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:08 pm

    Read the comment by mechanical engineer and weep.

    This is unbelievable.

  6. Nasir says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:09 pm

    he should be hanged till death!!!

  7. Faheem says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:19 pm

    Adil Najam, you should be careful. How dare you cry at the death of such a man. You too should be killed. All of you people should be killed.

  8. king says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:21 pm

    Right absolutely right M.Engineer brother, I would also have killed him if I got a chance, also each and every person who have the thought like Salman Taseer have to be killed.

  9. sajjad says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:21 pm

    @mechanical engineer

    I dont know what will happen to you. You really need to refer some peaceful part of religion which is no more preached.

    Simply, you suck big time!

  10. January 4th, 2011 6:25 pm

    people who form a part of cruelity…..became the victim of cruelity……….

  11. January 4th, 2011 6:27 pm

    I think we have failed as a nation when each and every one of us is ready to turn into a violent religious extremist and is ready to kill others based on differences in beliefs. The Taliban within (intolerance) is much more dangerous to the nation than the gun wielding militias. There is bigotry amongst the people at all major and minor differences of beliefs, practices and inclinations. We need to give birth to a generation which realized that differences are acceptable and respect for people, opinions and beliefs needs to be engendered in our society.

    Mechanical Engineer, please read the Quraan in translation once before making such comments. Also, please study the meaning of the word Islam.

  12. Monano says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:31 pm

    Salman Taseer did not deserve a martyr’s death (as they are portraying him). He was an atheist and should be remembered as one.

  13. AllahkaBanda says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:44 pm

    @ aalahazrat et al

    Nobody harms anyone for his difference in belief in Pakistan. Previously Ilm-din killed a kafir for blasphemy in a secular Hindu society, Mumtaz sent a Murted like Salman taseer to hell and that has nothing to do with a Muslim country like Pakistan. The real cause of such killings is Idiots playing with the sentiments of Muslims…..such idiots should better avoid misusing and abusing the freedom of speech given them as it does not allow abusing others or their sacred personalities or relics.

    Muslims don’t abuse Jesus, Moses or for that anyone….then why should their followers indulge in abuse against their Prophet?? Same stands good for Ahmadis who are deviates from Islam and supporters of Kafirs and Munafiqs like Taseer!

  14. Haider says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:47 pm

    Yes. We have all killed him. We have created an intolerant society and that has led to this inhumanity.

    You should make public the IP addresses of “Mechanical Engineer” and other haters and police action should be taken against them for instigating murder.

  15. HarOON says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:51 pm

    I was depressed enough with the news but even more depressed after reading comments here by people like this “Allhkabanda” who is openly instigating murder and spreading hatred. Aren’t you guys done with your murders and killings?How many more people do you want to be killed? Islam has no greater enemy than these so-called Muslims who are celebrating murder. If the “namoos” of a dead man needs this many murders to be safe, then you have obviously killed that “namoos” long ago!

  16. Jawed says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:54 pm

    انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون

  17. January 4th, 2011 6:54 pm

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “SubhanAllah! ………………..Guard should be rewarded by Gold Medal :)”
    - “Mr ..y ur saying that thing yar ? have you heard any thing from his mouth directly abt his religious point of view?”
    - “absolute height of social and religious intolerance”
    - “انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون”
    - “The problem is not of that gaurd. but terrorism….there is hundered of such GAURDS still in Our Country:(”
    - “intolerance!!”

  18. Meengla says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:57 pm

    RIP. What a sad day for Pakistan. Another sad day. Reminds me of so many sad days. Violence. Killings. Threats.
    I did not realize that the Blasphemy issue has really riled up the Mullahs that much. But then, if the Urdu article above by a certain ‘Professor’ is to go by, there have been plenty of people, even the so-called ‘educated’ ones, who at least suggest violence. Read between the lines of the Urdu article. Perhaps translate it so that entire world knows the cancerous elements inside Pakistan are not limited to some tribal-backwaters. But is to be found in the heartland itself.
    I don’t know much about Taseer. The little I know is that he was a fierce PPP Jiala who was literally tortured by the Sharif goverments in the 90s. But some time a man can do one thing noble and you stand up and say: ‘Whoa! That’s courage’. His name was mentioned prominently during the poor lady Asia’s Blasphemy case. He was again and again in the news by supporting her. And again and again there were threats against him. I dismissed those threats because, I thought, being the Governer of Punjab, he is well protected.
    But no one is ever sufficiently protected in Pakistan if the GHQ itself gets attacked in broad daylight.
    Just like Mayor Bloomberg of NYC managed to earned a lot of respect (I used to dislike him) by standing up, against the many emotions, for the building of a Mosque near Ground Zero, so did Salman Taseer by one act of blatant defiance by supporting Ms. Asia.
    As to those who still harbors the idea that a Prophet of a billion+ people can be insulted by a peasant girl I say: You are wrong! And you are complicit in not only this murder but also of many others of this kind.

  19. Adnan says:
    January 4th, 2011 6:59 pm

    Sadly, another corrupt and ignorant politician is being glorified as a Hero and Shaheed by His mourners and supporters. Sad very very sad.

    It also proves that there is no room for extremists in our society; sometimes they are killed on borders by Americans while other they are killed by guards.

    Now Salmaan’s supports supporters should pay respect to words of him. Taseer always despised Mullahs therefore, instead of hiring a Mullah for his funerals, they should ask some modern , for instance Rehman Malik ,Sherry Rehman or even singer Salman Ahmed to pay tribute. Please! do respect his feelings.

  20. Enigmatic Desires says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:01 pm

    The maniacs in society who go around preaching wholesale butchery such as the maniacal engineer and his coterie of cronies who believe that the prophet of Islam would be happy with their barbarism are not even worthy of been reffered to as human what to talk of their been muslims.
    I once saw Salmaan Taseer. He was driving his own car deviod of security.. living in his own house at cavalry ground rather then at.. the governor’s house

    A breath of fresh air in our VIP culture…

    He paid a terrible price for believing in this country..

    Yes He is a myrter.. a myrter like Mohtarma before him.
    Both dead because they believed in a country where every one can live in peace and harmony,

    If the rump PPP has any guts left.. Its time they did away with this repulsive piece of legislation once an for all!!!

  21. Musalman says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:02 pm

    How sad that people are celebrating and gloating over the murder. Whatever you disagree with, and I disagreed with many things Salman Taseer did (especially creating unnecessary tension with PML) have we become so inhuman that murder is the only solution we see. For the sake of Allah that you all seem to speak for, follows Allaj’s message instead of being supporters of these devil mullahs.

  22. January 4th, 2011 7:05 pm

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “who the all are u to tell us that this is true or nt for GOD SAKE.ALLAH KNOWS BETTER ..i m nt supporting any politician bt we cant blame on any one until and unless we know full truth..”
    - “All these f&*king a$$wipes who think that the guard was right are the reason that Pakistan is such an intolerant society today. WAKE UP IDIOTS!!!”
    - “woww”
    - “go0d 4 PAkistani q0am”
    - “Salman tayseer was issuing the statements to bait this intolerance but we cannot encourage intolerance and must not glorify the killer. No one has the right to take life of any human being. True muslims may not feel good upon such incidence and Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance. Awfave is the essence of Islam.”
    - “Those who annoy Allah and His Messenger― Allah has cursed them in this world and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating Punishment. (Sura AL-Ahzab: 57)…………”
    - “this is what happens when you take stand against extreme ideas. One dead, will any one else ever dare say it a “kala qanoon”? This pretty much explains the silence of liberals when extremists control the whole world.
    Now hoe many of us will go beyond our computer screens and shout out loud that “repeal the law”.”
    - “y u think that the ppl who suport killer r idiots ? was salman an innocent when he said against touheen-e-risalat ? r u mad ,,, u better know the 1st & last punishment of these type of swines is just 2 kill them at spot , whenever they try 2 bark against our Holy Prophet … plz , open ur eyes ,,, u r also a muslim ….”

  23. Aliya says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Ina lillahe waa ina elahey rajeoon !!!

  24. BK says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:13 pm

    Very sad…look at the tolerance level from FAHEEM comment. A person has been killed and people are celeberting it. Its sad because a humn has been killed forget about his views, idealogy or political belonging. God bless ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of PAKISTAN and help us all.

  25. Asli Musalman says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:14 pm

    How dare you put Muslim prayer for this man who was supporting a Christian and was against the Blasphemy law.
    You are also now no longer a Muslim. Wajab-ul-qatl. People like you are an insult to Islam.

  26. Gardezi says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:18 pm

    The voices of hatred and extremism are dominant and gloating over this murder, but these are not the real voices of Pakistan. Pakistanis need to speak up before these voices of hatred totally drowns them out. Please speak up people, otherwise there will be nothing else left to say.

  27. Mohsin says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:29 pm


    Mechanical Engineer, Allahkabanda, King and Faheem and all those who are condoning Salman Taseer’s brutal murder:

    Once our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum) was sitting with people and a Jew came and said, “sama lekum,” which means in Arabic ‘may you die’. Hazrat Ayesha (raziAllah ta’aala anha) immediate replied, “walekum,” meaning tum par bhi (on you too). Our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum) said to her: “Ayesha narmi ikhtiyaar karo. Khuda narmi ko pasand karta hai.” Meaning ‘Adopt softness and mercy as God likes these virtues’.

    Now, isn’t wishing death to our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum) to his face blaspemy? Don’t you think if Our beloved Prophet our beloved Prophet (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum) wanted, he could have ordered his people to kill the Jew or insult him? What he chose is the way of forgiveness and asking . And by forgiving him, our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum) showed that we should also adopt Hazrat Ayesha (raziAllah ta’aala anha), he showed that we should also do that. Each of his word and action were for us to follow t become a better, peaceful, compassionate loving human being just as he himself was.
    Don’t you think by killing and insulting and threatening and abusing people in his name is also Blasphemy. Don’t you think we, the Muslims, are the biggest blasphemers because we do things against the teachings of our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum)? And that too in his name? Just imgine how miserable we make our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum)?
    Please recite druood sharif and listen to our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum) and not hate-mongering mullahs and extremists who just want power. These people bring a bad name to our religion which means peace.
    I request you to study our beloved Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum) life and actions and words. He was love, mercy, compassion and peace personnafied. He was called Rehmat-ul-LilAaameen (sallalh-o-aleh wa’aalih-e-wasaalum) by Allah Ta’aala. And we are spreading hatred and terror in his name. Who is a bigger blasphemer? Aasia Bibi, Salman Taseer or you people?

  28. Aamir Ali says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:29 pm

    Salman Taseer becomes another innocent victim of the mad, hateful and violent extremists who have murdered thousands of Pakistanis.

  29. Sajida says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:31 pm

    I am looking at Geo and amazed at the political reactions. An idiot criminal joker, supposedly a “leader” of JUI, is saying that he is not sad at the death and essentially saying that Salman Taseer deserved this and this was “Allah Ki Marzi.” What an insult to Allah Himself! This is real blaphemy.

  30. Z says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:33 pm

    May Allah bless his soul. He was a face of a Pakistan that was meant to be and is killed by Qadris produced and raised by Maulanas, Zias and Shareefs Pakistan. Unfortunately, majority of Pakistanis are brainwashed for decades in the name of Islam. This is not the Pakistan of Jinnah or Bhutto.
    Look at the devil’s face, I see a dark soul.
    Now whoever does not condemn this killing and justifies it [ Maulanas will come up for it] , people of Pakistan and media should just boycott them. No more showing on media. Media has to realize that they have to play a role in rebuilding Pakistan.

  31. January 4th, 2011 7:36 pm

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “His recent Twitter posting: “I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b4 rightest pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I’m the last man standing.”"
    - “Very very Sad !! Height of indecency and brutal behaviour… May Almighty bless him and rest his soul in peace… (amen)”
    - “what did he do that falls under blasphemy, use your brain and tell me”
    - ” FAILURE OF THIS STATE IS DUE TO THE REAL FACE OF TOLERENCE why should we tolerate the things that is against our religion against my beloved prophet. today this tolerent behaviour causes every one blame us that we are extreamist why if in europe you talk against HOLOCAUST they will jail u without any so called “tolerence” if they dont tolerate any thing which not against there religion but againbst there ppl so y we should tolerate any thing which is directly effecting our religion???????????”

  32. Majid says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:37 pm

    To, Mechanical Engineer, Allahkabanda, King, Faheem, Adnan and other fanatic nazis;

    I spit on your spiteful and murderous religion whatever it is. Now come and get me.

  33. humaira says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:37 pm

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiyoon
    May his soul rest in peace
    May Allah give us all naik hidayat and give us the strength to root out intolerance and extremism.

  34. Hina says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:38 pm

    Some one suggested that we weep over the intolerance and inhumanity of our fellow countrymen- I don’t weep. I disown them and say : Let them burn in the inferno of their hatred and intolerance, let them growl in the hell hole that is th Islamic Republic of Pakistan. No county and nation is more despised then Pakistan and Pakistanis and none despise them more then their fellow Muslims berthern. Ask a Saudi, Turk, Egyptian, Moroorcon what they think of Pakistanis and they will spit on the ground in disgust. I know I am painting the entire Nation with a broad brush but this is deliberate on my part.
    You all are playing the flute while your country is burning around you- Shame on you, same on us all.

  35. zulfiqar says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:44 pm

    as usual, the incorrect interpretation of yet another law is costing us social division. Taseer’s death is a outcome of this.
    most of the people who are advocating the change dont know what the law is.

  36. Jawwad says:
    January 4th, 2011 7:47 pm


    With your holier than thou attitude you stand guilty of the same. Once and for all, STOP this nonsense of blame, condemnation and hatred.

  37. Adeem says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:15 pm

    right aik insan ka qatal pori insaniyat ka katal hai…. par ye tu munafiq muslim tha aur pir aik hukamran b…. wow….
    sharab peo nangay nachoo wo sahe hai zabardast pir ghustakhay rasool ke madad b karo .. kia bat hai is insan ke… kal pir tu koi b uth k ye sab suport kartay ga aur ham insaniyat k katal k maray is jaisay jaraseem ko talaf nai kar sakain gay…. salam hai is shakas ko jis nay toheen rasalat ko support karnay walay ko aur kise toheenay rasalat ko bacha k yahodio aur esaiyoon main apna makam paida karnay walay ko mara. INSHAALLAH is ko is gandi hakomat say bachanay k leye log awaz zaror buland karain gay INSHALLAH.

  38. Izzat says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:17 pm

    Pakistan is and will go down the drain. This is the latest high-profile example of the reasons. Allah knows best how many low-profile murders, rape, intolerances happen daily in this country.

    I did not agree with Salman Taseer’s views. I did not like the man, but that does not mean that any lunatic goes about killing him.

    Can there be anyone more Blasphemous than the one who disobeys Allah and his Rasool (PBUH)???? Do I need to list out all the disobediences that Pakitanis are doing on daily basis…. murders, rapes, torture, rishwat, naap tole mein kami, dishonesty…. the list goes on… You know very well what you are doing.

    Do you know who Abdullah bin Abi was?? If not, go read about him. No one could touch him, no one dared to call him kafir, our beloved Prophet (PBUH) even gave his own chaddar for his kafan, and led his janaza prayers…..

  39. Afsandyar says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:28 pm

    Rest in Peace, MR. Taseer.
    You spoke the truth and the world cannot bear with it.
    You spoke for the oppressed and whatever differences of political opinion I had with you, I respect you for that.
    best revenge for Salman Taseer’s death will be to really clean up the Blasphemy law now and to clamp down on all those extremists that killed him.

  40. January 4th, 2011 8:33 pm

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “FAILURE OF THIS STATE IS DUE TO THE REAL FACE OF TOLERENCE why should we tolerate the things that is against our religion against my beloved prophet. today this tolerent behaviour causes every one blame us that we are extreamist why if in europe you talk against HOLOCAUST they will jail u without any so called “tolerence” if they dont tolerate any thing which not against there religion but againbst there ppl so y we should tolerate any thing which is directly effecting our religion???????????”
    - “Do you know the history or anything about the so called blasphemy law or like most just follow the moron mullah with whatever garbage he feeds you?”
    - “Can’t describe how sad I was to read about this. So called defenders of Islam have no idea what it means to be human let alone people of faith, including some who have posted right here. Muslims have a bad rep for a reason… we have people who call themselves Muslim and then celebrate taking of another life. And then these same people wonder why Muslims aren’t exactly viewed as a people of peace. It’s just so shameful. How do you debate/engage with people who lack humanity.”
    - “i am sunni muslim and i dont need to follow any law if some one insults my beloved Prophet i dont need to ask to follow any law i just kill that person this is what my blood say”

  41. Sardar Khan says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:35 pm


  42. AhsanS says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:35 pm

    Mr Adeem – whatever you were trying to say, didnt get you exactly. As far as i undertsood, you are in support of what happened to Salman Taseer, and that too because he was helping a person who has been ALLEGED to have committed blasphemy. Even if she would have been executed for this claim, it would have been a responsbility on all the fellow country men, me, author, commenters AND YOU as well. What if she was framed for it. What if she hadnt committed that crime. And yet if she would hav been executed it would have been an onus on all of us before ALLAH. and if this is what you support, then how many non- muslims are there in the world? they are all guilty of this crime? why dont you go kill them all!

    January 4th, 2011 8:37 pm

    Adil Najam, your days are also numbered. You are a shame on Pakistan and Muslims and you cannot be safe either. The tide is turning, just read the comments and see how many people hate you liberals. Death to all of you.

  44. Mohsin says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:44 pm

    Adeem, Sardar Khan, King, Allahkabanda…all those hate-mongers and bigots,

    I would like you to read the incident in my earlier comment and then tell us if Mumtaz Qadri did the right thing. And no one has a right to call anyone Kaafir or Munafiq who has recited Kalma. If you are in doubt please read the Hadith where our beloved Prophet got angry with the sahabi Hazrat Osama ben Zaid (RA) who killed a man who read the kalma when he put his sword on his throat and he still killed him as he thought he read the kalma for the fear of death. Our beloved Prophet turned his face from his beloved adopted Son Hazrat Osama and asked him if he looked into his heart that he read the kalma for the fear of death.
    Please, please, please, listen to the Prophet whose love you claim and in whose name you people spit venom and hatred. You will know that who is a blasphemer (gustaakh) . You or Salman Taseer and Asia bibi?

  45. Meengla says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:48 pm

    This is the Urdu article by a ‘Professor’ I was referring to above:

    Message to Professor Adil Najam from me and, presumably, from other ‘liberal’ Pakistanis:

    Please be very careful! Yesterday it was Benazir Bhutto. Today it was Taseer. Tomorrow it could be Sherry Rehman. Then it could be YOU! Read what this Mumtaz Hussain Qadri says above.

    May you be well protected. May your kind grows in number. And thank you for being a voice of reason and courage!

  46. Bangash says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Betraying and attacking an unarmed innocent like Salman Taseer, for speaking out against man-made laws, is no act of bravery. It is an act of a mad killer.

  47. Daktar says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:55 pm

    Someone, please save my Pakistan.
    They are making a hero out of a murder. They are already eugolizing this Qadri guy and I bet you they will make a hero of him and he will also go scott free or turned into a shaheed. This is the end of Pakistan as Jinnah wanted it. This is bigger than we think. This is the real attack of the extremists at the root of Pakistan.

  48. Adnan says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:55 pm

    People like Majid are the examples of extremist exist among liberal lefts. Salman Taseer was one of them. While I don’t agree to label him an atheist, only God knows about his faith.

    I remember few years back resident leftists were calling Fitnah to hundreds of kids killed at Jamia Hafsa and Justified their killing and celebrated. The same forum has my comments that I warn that that dealing with right wing extremist with liberal extremism is not going to serve anyone. Now I see the fitnah started by Taseer by calling the entire law as a black law created further disturbance. While society is volatile, the irresponsible words by a governor could fuel more extremism. Yesterday people justified killing of kids by declaring them fitnah, now same is doing by right wing and justifying his killing due to fitnah started by him.

    Let’s admit that society is volatile. The harsh words by MQM politicians for Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif and Mustafa Kamal’s public threat to PML(N) member because he said something bad to Altaf, just shows that extremism has become a next habit for Pakistanis. Here people don’t tolerate “Toheen-e-Quaid” while others giving lectures on “Tohen-e-Risalat”

    and my friend Majeed, “Asmaan pey thoka moo par ata hay”. Now please go and wash your face.

  49. the king says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:57 pm

    the writer is such an anti-pakistani!@!@ how dare you speak like that?!@ salman taseer was a blatant adulterer, he was a muslim by his mere name! i doubt that he even accepted Islam by his heart! you don’t know anything about him, if you wish to stand up and support a corrupt, heartless, anti-Muslim then shame on YOU!

  50. Musalman says:
    January 4th, 2011 8:59 pm

    Dear Mr. Adil Najam. Please do be careful. These people with their life threats are not joking if they can get to Salman Taseer, they will also get to you one way or the other. These people like Qadri, Allahkabanda, Adnan Siddiqui are really dangerous and fanatic and killing a human being is like sport to these fanatics. Please be careful.
    I salute your courage but please, please, be very careful.

  51. Yasir Hasan says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Well reason behind it is extremeist, but outcome is correct. I hope next its Zardari. Thanks Mr. Gunman for getting rid of this good for nothing Governor.

  52. Yasir Hasan says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:06 pm

    Our leader need to understand that people are so sick and tired of them. Death by extremism and target killing is not only for ‘awaam’. Top notch people can also come under it… May be it is the starting of revolution… Hum daikhain gay Laazim hai ke hum bhee daikhain gay, woh din ke jis ka waada hai, hum daikhain gay….

  53. Monkey says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:13 pm

    If you can be killed in Pakistan for expressing an opinion, then the country is in very bad shape.

  54. Adnan says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:13 pm

    Would it not be good that liberals of our society who are mourning for Taseers do a huge favor to quit their usual nonsense and pay tribute to his soul by offering prayers and Quran. This is something which Taseer needs most know before facing his Lord. Now the case is between Taseer and his creator and Taseer would himself answer to his Lord to justify calling blasphemy law a black law or anything he had for Islam.

    I hope our liberals would not do blunders and become public embarassment like Sen. Rehman Malik:

  55. Humaira says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:24 pm

    Adil, please do be careful. These guys do not understand reason and you are too reasonable for these extremists. The more you reason with then the more unreasonable they become. And they are out to kill, so I will take their threats seriously and please take care of yourself. Pakistan needs you.

  56. Mustafa Arain says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:25 pm

    i so not agree with you guys…u call it intolerance?shame on you…shame on you….shame on you….even the jews and christians have enough respect for their prophets that they DONT tolerate anyone speaking against them….and we , as last ummah, are supposed to allow this in our own land?

  57. Musalman says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:36 pm

    @Mustafa Arain.
    you say: “and we , as last ummah, are supposed to allow this in our own land?”
    Blasphemy is a man made law with no basis in religion.
    You hateful bigots will bring the end of Paksitan as well as end of Islam. Shame on your supporters of murderers.

  58. Yasir Hasan says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Well he was a successful business person, what brought him to politics, certainly not for serving humanity. He was doing alright had the backing of President behind him, but he decided to speak against a case still going through the courts. Didn’t he cross the limit, the job of governor is to backup the law and court not speak against them so openly. If time came president could always have saved the lady from capital punishment at least. Well Taseer’s life could be summarized in two Punjabi words…. “Hor Choopo”… ;-)

  59. Eidee Man says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:39 pm

    To those who are expressing indifference or even support for this assassination — rest assured, the cycle of extremism will eventually visit you as well. It may not be blasphemy, or women’s issues, or any of the current hot-button issues, but when you start limiting the rights of even a small group of people, eventually you reach a point where no one is safe.

  60. Samdani says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:39 pm

    I agree with Daktar. This is a very dangerous moment for Pakistan and the media will play a decisive role in this. They are already making a hero out of this murderer Qadri and they will turn him into a symbol and that will indeed be the end of Pakistan. THIS IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP IF EVER THERE WAS.

  61. Farrukh says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:41 pm

    Adil, you have used this verse before. It is even more true today:

    Rehmat-i-Syed-i-Lolaak pey kamil eeman
    Ummat-i-Syed-i-Lolaak say khauf aata hai.

    Take care my friend. Stay safe from these hatemongers.

  62. January 4th, 2011 9:53 pm

    Some more comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “those kind a killing & assassination going on since birth of Islam so nothing surprise me.”
    - “^^ kindly keep this Sunni -Shia thing out of here. Anyone who kills is not a Muslim.”
    - “Many oppose the blasphemy law in Pakistan, write about it, and speak on it, none of them have been …shot dead yet, this man on the other hand made it a point to use foul language that hurt the sensitivities of people.”
    - “1 dirt gone from Pakistan , many more still to go!!!”
    - “keya champion haan aap! Aqal oor samajh tou khatam ker dee gai haay aap per”

  63. HarOON says:
    January 4th, 2011 9:59 pm

    Indeed, you are right. The real killer looks like this:

  64. Bangash says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:03 pm

    Shame on those who are calling Salman Taseer anti-Muslim and justifying his murder, without having ever met him in his life.

    May all those who are happy with Taseer killing, be punished by God for turning his peaceful and merciful religion into one of hatred, stupidity and violence.

    Come to think of it God does punish Pakistanis frequently through earthquakes and floods.

  65. Kaliwal says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:05 pm

    Ok, let’s not blame both these guys…….let’s look in to the facts what created such minds and hearts in Pakistan?
    63 years of social injustice, 63 years of being in the web of political Businessmen, not being able to send just ONE to the corridores of power, from among the ordinary, 63 years of listening to the beloved song of Kashmir and wirnessing the price we have been paying without any concrete plan on how to reselve the issue, 63 years of same people hijacking the country and coming to power in different shapes, 63 years of drivers/khansamaas/butlers/servents/bodyguards and all that our elite chose to live with, 63 years of manupulation by the country’s Military………thats what makes more sense when you look at NEWS like this……thats whats made Taseers and Qadri’s……….Islam is just being used as one of the many more tactics to dominate or get accepted……by all of us……..63 years of selfish leaders/Generals are taking a toll on the country………lets face it!

  66. ali b says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:06 pm

    The madarsas and ill informed maulvis are playing a part in misusing Islam and misguiding people and turning these innocent people into religious fanatics. The government should have the political will to take immediate steps to eradicate these madarsas and catch these uneducated maulvis unless they do this, these activities will continue.The guard who killed Salman Taseer probably thinks that he has served Islam and now even if they hang him,he will go directly to heaven.

  67. Sameer says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:07 pm

    They came for Swat, and you kept quiet because it was not you.
    They came for Allama Naemmi and you kept quiet because it was not you.
    They came for Ahmedis and you kept quiet because it was not you.
    They came for Shias and you kept quiet because it was not you.
    They came for Ghamdi and you kept quiet because it was not you.
    They came for Salman Taseer and you kept quiet because it was not you.
    But then there will be no one else to speak!

  68. Klues says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:08 pm

    Muhammad (pbuh) tere janasaar,
    Beshmaar Beshmaar

  69. Asghar says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:15 pm

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (انا لله وانا اليه راجعون)
    May his killer and all who support murder rot in hell.

  70. Amanda says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:24 pm

    religious extremist killed a secular extremist
    you get what you sow

  71. nusrat says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:25 pm

    some of the comments here, celebrating the murder of governor taseer, are obviously written by educated people who, one would hope, would know better than support a law that belongs in seventh century arabia, not in 21st century pakistan. as i said, one would hope…………………

  72. banjara286 says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:28 pm

    mashaAllah! zara dekho to sahi hamaaray ma’aashray ne kitni taraqqi kar li hae? ab har khaas-0-aam ki sahoolat ke liye hamaaray ghair-aa’eeni qavaaneen mein mazeed aasani paeda kar di gay’ee hae.

    maaray jaanay ke liye ab aap ko tauheen-e risaalat ya tauheen-e qur’an ka murtakib hona laazim nahi hae. ab aap mahez in qavaaneen ki mukhalifat kar ke, ya inn par eteraaz karnay vala koi mazmoon shaa’yeh kar ke vaajib-ul qatl ho saktay haen.

    ummeed hae ke zeya se zeyada se khavaateen-o hazraat iss mauqay say faa’eda uthaa’en ge.

    va ma taufeeqi illa bilLah!

  73. Khawar says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:30 pm

    1 insan ka qatal pori insaniat ka qatal hy.Al Quaran. Dont wanna say anything else….

  74. Tolerance says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:39 pm

    what a shame to read some of the comments. Are we a free nation? where is the freedom of expression and of speech? where are they? He was killed as he raised his voice against this so called ISLAMIC BLASPHEMY LAW, which is always being used to suppress the minority. how can some say such people or such school of thought should be killed? The person who passed this law is still dancing with his bloody quivering smile…….he has done the eternal damage in the fabrication of this nation and it is irreversible

  75. Khurram Farooqui says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:41 pm

    After reading the comments here I am without hope.

  76. Syed Asim Ali says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:43 pm

    Adil Najam. You are a voice of reason and a man of courage. I salute you for writing this heartfelt and strong post. But please do take the threats that are being made against your life in the comments seriously. These fanatics have no respect for life and they will kill just to make a point. I am more scared today then I have ever been in my life. God Bless Pakistan. Allah keep you and all sane Paksitanis safe from these killer extremists and their supporters.

  77. Aziz says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:47 pm

    WOW…I don’t know where to start. I thought Pakistan was created FOR tolerance, for freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom of speech, freedom of opinions. The fanatics on this blog make me feel ashamed of being a Pakistani.

  78. Ahmed says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:49 pm

    “This young man left us, the educated men behind [in status].” Allama Iqbal

  79. Umar Shah says:
    January 4th, 2011 11:20 pm

    The day we stop allowing religion to be used as an instrument of terror by society and successive governments we will stop seeing these kind of intolerant acts. I know that Salman Taseer was a voice of sanity amongst the massive number of insanely religious in Pakistan and he spoke out against the unproved crime of a minority person, a charge based on rumors and malice, for that Salman Taseer is a hero and must be remembered as such in a society of the meek and weak who allow themselves to be terrorised by religion and religious fanatics. May his name live longer than those who hate and kill.

  80. Pakistani says:
    January 4th, 2011 11:25 pm

    Our Media and Mullahs are responsible for his murder who created the atmosphere for this intolerence in our society. They should not be calling Islam, religion of peace and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) rahmaat-ul-alameeen as their criminal action makes these slogans a laughing stock in the sane world. It is a shameful day for Pakistan when once again a person is gunned down for his beliefs. My question to all is WHAT WOULD PROPHET MOHAMMAD (PBUH) DO if someone is blasphemous ?? dint we all read the story of the old lady who used to throw litter on him??

    Also, how come no one in governer’s security squad did anything to stop the guy.. They let the killer empty out his gun ?

  81. sidhas says:
    January 4th, 2011 11:44 pm

    I am currently visiting Pakistan and the news of Salman Taseer is a blow for me.

    May God bless his soul ( ameen ).

  82. Garry says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:08 am

    Wow- that’s pretty bad! This comes show you even with bodyguards you are not completely safe!

  83. M Ali Khan says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:14 am

    Oh look! another Jihadi-kababi to take pride in!

    I find it disgraceful how quickly our fellow countrymen proudly showcase their bigotry and lust for violence in great numbers! This country is well and truly finished! To hell with it (if it even exists that is!!)!

  84. FAREED says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:37 am

    Salman Taseer was clearly no angel.
    But the man who killed him and anyone who supports that murder is clearly a servant of the devil out on an agenda of destroying Islam. The enemies of Islam are now easy to identify. They are the people who will try to convert this murderer into a hero. It will happen in front of our eyes and I hope we will have teh courgae to stop it from happening.

  85. Waqas says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:42 am

    @Mr.M Ali Khan can I know your nationality and country of origin

  86. Daktar says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:45 am

    All of us who have ever heard anyone spewing hatred and talking of killing and dying for religion, all of us are culprits and all of us are to blame. This culture of violence was created and cultivated by all of us. Now it is consuming us from within. I remember dozens of posts on this blog where Adil would condemn one type of violence or the other and all the jiyalas would come out and so, no this is a good cause so violence is OK. I remember that in the lawyers movement. Well, this is what you get then, if you approve of one type of violence then another type of violence will come and eat you up. And it will.

  87. Sarah says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:59 am

    Good he is dead. Let this this be a lesson to other liberals including Adil Najam. You have the same coming to you.

  88. Sandra Gordon says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:07 am

    And you guys call Islam peaceful???

    Humanity cannot be fooled for too long.’Islam’ means peace..they keep telling us. well the only peace they offer is the silence after all opposing voices of truth have been massacared.

  89. Akif Nizam says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:12 am

    I think we would be hard pressed to find a society where insanity and murder and violence is celebrated like it is in Napakistan.

  90. geral says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:30 am

    This was a de facto assassination of an apparent cia operative and was intended to send a message to the fbi/cia mass murderers that the NWO will not be achieved on the backs of the Pakistanis.
    QUESTIONS! geral sosbee

  91. Raju Icecream says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:40 am

    In a totally dysfunctional country like pakistan these blasphemy and hudood laws should be repealed as they are nothing but tools to attack minorities and women with.
    at least he was bold enough to say what he believed in and stood by it….BRAVO…
    I didnt like the guy AT ALL but he was killed because someone else didnt agree with him?…..very sad state of affairs.
    although i am not in any way advocating/supporting this, but i would be happy to see the likes of amir liaquat gunned down any day.

  92. ARSALAN says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:44 am

    salams to everyone!

    1st of all,condolences to the person who died!
    2nd,the writer is purely biased.
    & 3rd, the writer does not implicate on the fact that today’s society is not being ruined by violence or hatred ALONE!

    it a total mixture of both the Elite propaganda & Lower Class instability towards the environmental hazards itself!

    how can you rule out the mere conditions,that,these high profile characters have wrought upon us with their dismal performances,in accordance of the position they were & are in, & also the fact that,due to unawareness of CERTAIN images the West likes to PUBLISH everyday on the screens,be not of the same offense ,as Mr.Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri did too????

    why can YOU,such people,not bother to find the cause of such a disease & find the damn cure,instead of just RACKING up your retarded,un-justified & totally biased view on such matters???

    is it not harmful enough that leaders,as pathetic & ridiculous as anyone has ever seen in their life,are buggering up this country,with sheer false trajectory of “PEACE & MUTUAL COOPERATION” while they sit on their fat asses & SUCK the country dry with tax inflated bellies, that you call attention for something,which is the result & not the beginning of such social evils????

    support on both basis,does not hold merit,agreed! but instead of blaming one side of the frame,you should AT LEAST check for the maker of that frame,every once in a while!


    thank you!

  93. Saleha says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:46 am

    what about a person who abuses you in public or your beloved family member (including your parents, husband/wife or children)…
    Its not intolerance, its love for Prophet, for Islam.
    dont you love your mother & what if anyone says abuses abt her. [or may be you are Impudent...]

  94. Sonali says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:55 am

    Pakistan is paying cost..what it did in past with its minority. And will Pay more in future for its extremist insanity in present. Just wait and watch.

  95. Rasheed says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:57 am

    Very sad, indeed. May his soul rest in peace, and may He protect all those who are courageous enough to call for tolerance of others, and others’ views, in the spirit of the greatest Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) that ever lived, who tolerated the most despicable Jews, Pagans, Bedouins, etc. who had, right in front of his face, insulted him. Shouldn’t we follow his (pbuh) supreme example? (LaQad Kaana Lakum Fee Rasoolillahi ‘Uswatun Hasanah) (Wa jaadilhum billatee hiya ahsan) (Al Quran). Do these mullahs know more than him (pbuh). Do these mullahs know more than Allah Subhanahu WaTa’aala? Or do they not believe that the Holy Quran is the true Word of God?

    That said, I can’t help drawing attention to background. Wasn’t the party to which the late Governor belonged the one that began the intolerance and declaring others non-Muslim in 1974? They got another chance to lead under late Benazir, and didn’t repeal that part of the constitution to allow for some tolerance. Their own weapon has been used against them yet again (After Z A Bhutto; Benazir Bhutto, etc. And those who are seemingly calling for tolerance, how vocal were you after the killing or punishment of certain Muslims who were victimized by that decree sanctioned by the Government(s)?

    Let’s hope and pray that there is no further tit-for-tat violence seeking revenge back and forth, in Pakistan.

  96. Salmaan says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:15 am

    Yours is an idiot argument.
    I will feel angry if someone insults my loved ones. Also angry.
    But NO I will not MURDER them. That woudl make me a criminal, a thug, a murderer. I am not that.
    Are you are murderer?
    Did your mother raise you to murder people?
    Why are you then supporting a murderer?

    Also, Salman Taseer never insulted anyone, certainly not the Prophet. He only called an Unislamic law a black law. Which it is.

  97. January 5th, 2011 2:20 am

    Some more comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “People like … are complicit in intolerance that breeds hatred and killings like that of Taseer. They are incapable of shedding their political garb and see beyond their self and determine what is good for all in Pakistan. If you hate one person you hate entire humanity.”
    - “Taseer saab n his family are currupt and a big no no for Pakistan n pakistans future… His being a governer was as disgrace to Pakistan as zardari is as a president. I am against all currupt people who have looted and disrespected a honoral position in ruling pakistan… Whether it be from any Political party…”
    - “I strongly condemn intolerance in society to the extent that one kills a person for a difference of opinion…At the same time a position like the costitutional head of the biggest province of Pakistan one has to be mature enough to guage the sensitivities of the situation and the fall out of his politically motivated statements on the society at large…..It was a crude attempt on the part of late Salman Taseer to win support of Christian cummunity,perhaps, for some nearby elections.”
    - “Religious intolerence at its worst indeed…. Salman Taseer was in favor of repealing the blasphemy law… a debatable point – yes, but a reason for killing – no way. How are we going to move forward as a society if we do not let an open discussion happen? or do we want to go back to stone age?”
    - “His personal secretary said that Governor told me that I do not want to dismiss the law but I want that first interrogate the case ( not just on public personal opinions) and than sentence her. But Mullas have wrongly presented it. No Suuni No shia Only Muslim.”
    - “Momin k 2 asool
    Khhof e Khuda
    aur Ishaq e Rasool (PBUH)..
    and when there is ishaq no so called AQAL ever works…..
    tell me anyone why tha Asia Released? why this issue is so emerge on media?
    do you remember the war of IMAM HUSSAIN and Yazid ? both are muslims both parties give Azaans… Both Parties pray Namaz,….both Parties Recite Holy Quran? what you say then? noooo..
    Every Azaan is not Azaan , Every Prayer is Not Prayer”
    - “The Holy Prophet [صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم] said: “There will come a time for people that: they will not respect their scholars except for their
    good clothing; they will not hearken to the Qur’an except for the pleasant voice; & they will not worship Allah
    except for during the fasting month; there will be no shyness in their women, no patience in their poor ones;
    & no prosperity for their rich ones, they will not be contented with a small (portion), & they will not be
    satiated with abundance. They will strive (only) for their stomach; their religion is their money
    (wealth); their women are their Qiblah (direction of worship); & their homes are their
    mosques; theyrun away from their scholars just as lambs run away from wolves.
    Then, when they become like that, the Lord will afflict them with three
    conditions. At first, He takes the prosperity from their
    properties. The second is that a cruel ruler will dominate them. The third is that they will
    pass away from this world without having (true) Faith.” (Waqayi’-ul-’Ayyam, p. 439)”
    - “Jahalat ki inteha !!! Jahil qoum ! Nomatter what he was doin ALlAh didnt give anybody right to go take his life away yeh allah ki marzi hai and now by killing him is he gobba go to jannat? Killing one human being equals to murder of whole humanity ! Nowfight ob this stuff and kill each other!”

  98. Nadeem Omar says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:31 am

    The blood of Taseer has drawn a hard line between a moderate and an intolerant society in Pakistan. It is up to each one of us either to confront or to retreat. Lets confront this!

  99. Lubna says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:37 am

    Very well said, sir, and proved by the comments on this post:

    “let us all hang our head in shame today because Salman Taseer was killed by the intolerance, the hatred, the extremism, the vigilantism, the violence and the jahalat that now defines our society”

  100. G. Ali says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:44 am

    Thank you for enlightening us. Using your logic Mumbai attacks were justified because of what Indians have done to Dalits for 5000 years, 9/11 was justified because of what Americans have done the natives and London attacks were justified …

  101. Musalman says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:45 am

    No one insults the message of teh Rasool (PBUH) as much as these self-styled “Aashiq-i-Rasool” whose actions are those of the dusmanaan-i-Islam!

  102. Samdani says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:49 am

    Worth reading. Taseer’s obituary in the FT:

    Obituary: Salman Taseer

    By Farhan Bokhari and Amy Kazmin

    Salman Taseer, the Pakistani politician assassinated on Tuesday, was deeply preoccupied with the consequences of his country’s support for radical Islamists in Kashmir and Afghanistan.

    Just a few weeks before his death he warned a visitor: “Beware of the mullahs. They have to be confronted or they will take over our lives.”

    An ally of Benazir Bhutto, the former premier assassinated in 2007, Taseer could talk for hours on his favourite subject: the price that Pakistan had paid for jihad and the need to turn back from this “deadly legacy”.

    Born in 1946, a year before the traumatic partition of the Indian subcontinent, Taseer was the son of an urban intellectual. He studied at the prestigious St Anthony School in Lahore and travelled to the UK for his higher education in chartered accountancy.

    Returning to Pakistan, he was an active supporter of Benazir Bhutto’s father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the charismatic former prime minister, and his Pakistan People’s party. But when Bhutto was toppled in a 1977 military coup led by General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, the dictator, the young Taseer was arrested, kept in the dungeon of the magnificent Lahore fort and tortured.

    He did not like to dwell on his experiences as a political prisoner, telling friends they were the worst years of his life. After his release he went into exile in the UK, where he wrote a political biography of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, which was published in 1980.

    He had six children with his Pakistani wife. An affair with an Indian journalist, whom he met during a book promotion tour in India, led to the birth in 1980 of a son, now a prominent writer.

    Just a few weeks before his death Salman Taseer warned a visitor: ‘Beware of the mullahs. They have to be confronted or they will take over our lives’
    In Pakistan’s first free elections after Zia-ul-Haq’s death in 1988, Taseer won a seat in the Punjab provincial legislature, riding the wave of popularity for the young Benazir Bhutto. Throughout his life he remained a fierce PPP and Bhutto family loyalist, vehemently and vocally critical of opposition leaders Nawaz and Shabaz Sharif.

    After serving one term in the legislature, Taseer – known for his distinctive outfit of traditional shalwar and kameez with Savile Row-style jacket – turned his attention to business, founding various chartered accountancy and management consultancy firms, an equity brokerage and a leading mobile phone operator. He also owned a television channel and an English-language newspaper.

    In 2007 he was appointed as an interim cabinet minister for industry, and a year later was made governor of Punjab, the province bordering India, which has come under repeated attack by Islamist extremists over the past two years.

    Known as a committed secularist in a country where Islam remains both a unifying and a divisive force, Taseer was worried that US drone attacks on the Taliban and al-Qaeda were radicalising young Punjabis.

    But in a Financial Times interview in November he insisted – with both pride and defensiveness – that Pakistan would not go the way of Afghanistan. “Pakistan is a vibrant democracy,” he said.

    “It has an educated middle class, a civilian government and a free press.”

    He dismissed the foot soldiers of Pakistan’s own Taliban insurgency as “brainwashed, illiterate tribes”.

    At least twice Taseer brushed aside suggestions from aides that he turn his former dungeon in Lahore fort into a shrine recalling his time as a prisoner.

    “Let history speak for itself,” he told a friend. “What has jihad and military rule done to this country, other than bring us destruction.”

  103. Samdani says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:50 am

    If there is a dying message from Salman Taseer, it is the second para in his FT obituary.

    Just a few weeks before his death he warned a visitor: “Beware of the mullahs. They have to be confronted or they will take over our lives.”

  104. Syed Iftikharuddin says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:55 am

    These are sad and dangerous times for Pakistan.
    Unfortunately it is the Mumtaz Hussain Qadri’s of the world who define today’s Pakistan and life is unsafe for anyone who talks of tolerance.
    You are a courageous man, Mr. Najam, to boldly say what you say despite the threats. Please be careful. Jazak Allah ul Khair for people like you who still speak up against these barbarians and fanatics.

  105. Qaisar Hameed says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:55 am

    Religious intolerence at its worst indeed…. Salman Taseer was in favor of repealing the blasphemy law… a debatable point – yes, but a reason for killing – no way. How are we going to move forward as a society if we do not let an open discussion happen? or do we want to go back to stone age?

  106. HMD says:
    January 5th, 2011 3:56 am

    This murder like any other is condemnable. But some of the comments here threatening anyone who does not agree with their perverted and evil religious positions are even more condemnable. Providing a platform to these hate-mongering trolls is not going to help anyone or anything, ATP readership included. The ATP comment policy seems to be as effective and functional as state of Pakistan.

  107. sohaib says:
    January 5th, 2011 4:01 am

    The country is fine. and no mullahs or extremists are taking over. So sleep well. The country is in danger of being taken over by liberal extremists like Salman Taseer and Musharraf. And there are so many apologists for these people and they are vocal too. Act of murder cannot be condoned. But good riddance, for there will be one less morally corrupt and deviant individual. But there is another problem. Now the pseudo liberals, who ape western lifestyle will have a symbol of resistance to prop up.

  108. Bling says:
    January 5th, 2011 4:07 am

    I was just surfing through some of the pages on facebook. ATP and cyber force of pakistan (which has 3000 members)

    it is disturbing to see the violent and brainwashed youth of pakistan claiming this heinous incident as ishq-rasool

    if he salman taseer was corrupt he shld have been tried in court not killed in the name of religion.

    These people who are rejoicing in the murder and coming here and threatening adil najam and others who have some sanity, are revival of yazeed and moavia. lanat baris rahee hai in ki shakloon say.

    what is sad is that middle class and tajir/merchant class of pakistan. when i look at the people’s profile who are giving thumbs up to this murderer there are some common themes. many are from small places like bhakr, sialkot, boriwala. uneducated, people who have suddenly access to internet. many have computer sciences background. it is actually something worth researching why so many moulvees and talibanee sympathisers have computer sciences background. extermist from karachi, crazies from punjab, may violent female speakers are either paindoo punjabi women or frustrated women from peshawar and related areas.

    these disturbed minded indiviuals are out there to resurrect islam. is qomai yazzed sai poochoo kai konsa islam resurrect ker rahai ho. over centuries in ka baap moawayi and yazeed nai din ka satyanaas ker diya. stoning, murtad ka kutal, blaspememy kai qawaneed banai jin ka quran mai koi zikaar naheen. in kai yazeedi bapoon kai durbar mai yahoodi or isai advisors hotai thay. nabee ki ulad ko qatal ker diya or deen mai yai behayank qawaneen daal diya.

    pakistan bana ker diya qaid-eazam nai (jo shia tha), pakistan ka khab daika iqbal na (jo uhle baot per merta tha) or is kai thaik-a-dar bun gai wahabee or salafi dirunday.

    the mass level wahabism of pakistan leaves no hope. when everyday people, so called normal people around you think ishq-e-rasool is murder and mercy is blasphemy, then really there is no hope for pakistan. if i didnt have friends in pakistan, i wld had no problem wishing that somebody drops a bomb on this nation of predator wahabees.

    lanat ho zalmoo ki qoom per.

  109. Turab says:
    January 5th, 2011 4:11 am

    people who are supporting blasphemy law should be tried under that law themselves.

    They are acting on behalf of GOD to judge everyone. On the qiyamat, will they be deciding everyone’s fate for heaven and hell?

  110. Daktar says:
    January 5th, 2011 4:19 am

    Good too see the video you added to the post.
    Hearing Salman Taseer’s voice explaining his position on the Blasphemy Law made one even sadder. Good to see ATP and this blog post featured in the video.

  111. Saif Qidwai says:
    January 5th, 2011 4:36 am

    First, what a really sad day this is for Pakistan. I never did like Salman Taseer but in his death he has become the symbol of good things more than he was in his death. May he rest in peace.

    Second, another excellent post by Prof. Najam. Right on the mark. Saying the tough truth with conviction and with courage.

    Third, I have spent more than an hour reading through the comments. I am glad ATP did not moderate these out (though I suspect they actually have deleted a lot of the really nasty ones). On the one hand I am disgusted by the hatred that drips through many of the comments. At another I think ATP has again captured the essence of the real Pakistan and its real divisions. These comments represent the real depth of the divisions in the country. I don’t think the whole country is defined by Qadris just as the whole country is not defined by Taseers. That is the problem, we are a deeply divided country and this incident and the reactions to it highlight just how deeply divided we are.

    Once again ATP has helped me understand my Pakistan better. But this time it has left me deeply worried and sad.

  112. sonali says:
    January 5th, 2011 5:04 am

    G ali,
    your thinking indicates future..thats why your country has vibrating with each day with blast news. jo dusro ki liye gadda khodta hai..ek din khud usame gir jata hai .LOL
    thanks for destroying your country yourself.

  113. mike says:
    January 5th, 2011 5:23 am

    May Allah save Islam from Pakistanis.

  114. Majid says:
    January 5th, 2011 5:47 am

    Taseer in his last interview at GCU;

    “If I’m not going to stand on my consciences…who will?”

    An extremely well off man died and condemned for an extremely poor woman. A sign of integrity, in another time or place, and sadly lacking in the rest of the political elite.

  115. nusrat says:
    January 5th, 2011 6:10 am

    sonali – i am a very liberal person, who does not believe in god, let alone religion. and i say this so that you may understand that i have no problems with hindus, indeed, i wish india nothing but the best.
    and if you feel the same, i would hope , really, really hope, that your dire prediction for pakistan never comes to fruition. not only that, if you love and care for india, you should hope that pakistan becomes just like india, or even surpasses india rapidly on way to becoming a forward looking, liberal, modern capitalist society, where women and minorities are treated as equal.
    so that india may continue on her path to prosperity peacefully. think about it – as any half wit analyst will tell you, if pakistan destabilises further, india will witness capital flight, leading to economic downturn, which will further lead to political problems, heretofore unseen.
    were it up to me, i would be willing to give a up a percentage point of indian gdp to ensure pakistan gets on the right track.

  116. Roshan says:
    January 5th, 2011 6:12 am

    I endorse Dr. Adil’s position. This tiny minority with their violence has made the whole nation hostage. Governor Taseer was a bold man and he took stand against these hostages, but his Shahadat will not go in vain.
    Here is article by Abbass Athar in Daily Express (Urdu) and I fully support Abbas Sb too.

  117. Anonymous says:
    January 5th, 2011 6:15 am

    Why such anger, why such self-righteousness, why such arrogance and conceit? Where does this hatred stem from, this self-destructive fury?

    Such Frankenstein’s Monsters flourish in Pakistan, why don’t they flourish in other countries? Why here, and why now?

  118. Asma says:
    January 5th, 2011 6:16 am

    May his soul rest in peace
    Ina lillahe waa ina elahey rajeoon

  119. January 5th, 2011 6:36 am

    Assassination of Governor Salman Taseer is victory of fundamentalists, which are present in huge numbers. I always indicated presence of large numbers of influential extremists and fundamentalists in Lahore, Punjab and other parts of Pakistan. Pakistan is proved to be the most dangerous country to live especially for common people. I just get up by pain ray at the time of early hours morning prayer. Community stalkers in Tajpura are spreading rumors.

  120. January 5th, 2011 6:58 am

    Inna Lillah hi wa inaa ilayehe raje-oon!

  121. Majid says:
    January 5th, 2011 7:12 am

    Salman Taseer’s recent tweets;

    Mera azm itna bulund hae Parae sholon se dar nahin. Mujhe dar hae tu atish e gul se hae Ye kahin chaman ko jala na dein significant?
    about 12 hours ago via Twitter for iPad

    I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b4 rightest pressure on blasphemy.Refused. Even if I’m the last man standing
    about 6 hours ago via Twitter for iPad

  122. abdul hai says:
    January 5th, 2011 7:31 am

    Today, I am ashamed of being a Pakistani. I do not believe any more that Malik Mumtaz Qadri belonged to a tiny minority in Pakistan. Judging by some of the comments by the educated and elites here at ATP, I am convinced that a significant majority of Pakistanis subscribe to the views held by Qadri. Unless the silent majority comes out of their homes and demand a fair and honest society, the significant minority will control Pakistan like what Taliban’s did in Afghanistan.

  123. Nihariy says:
    January 5th, 2011 8:12 am

    As per jang…a host of ulemas (jhulas) issed an edict that it is frobidden and unislamic to say his janaza prayers and send condolenses to his family…..the only islamic thing to do is to shoot the fitna shaping up in the form of these ulemas

  124. Anwer says:
    January 5th, 2011 8:25 am

    شہر گل کے خس و خاشاک سے خوف آتا ہے
    جس کا وارث ہوں اسی خاک سے آتا ہے خوف
    رحمتِ سیدِ لولاک پہ کامل ایمان
    امتِ سیدِ لولاک سے خوف آتا ھے
    افتخار عارف

    سلمان تاثیر کی نماز جنازہ پڑھی جائے نہ ہلاکت پر افسوس کیاجائے، علماء اہلسنت


    کراچی (پ ر) جماعت اہلسنت پاکستان کے مرکزی امیر پروفیسر سید مظہر سعید شاہ کاظمی، علامہ سید ریاض حسین شاہ، علامہ سید شاہ تراب الحق قادری، علامہ ضمیر ساجد، پیر خالد سلطان، پیر غلام صدیق نقشبندی، علامہ سید خضر حسین شاہ، الحاج امجد چشتی، علامہ غلام سرور ہزاروی، علامہ سید شمس الدین بخاری، پیر سید عاشق علی شاہ جیلانی، مفتی محمد اقبال چشتی، علامہ فضل جمیل رضوی، آغا محمد ابراہیم نقشبندی مجددی، مولانا محمد ریاض قادری، مولانا گلزار نعیمی، علامہ سید غلام یٰسین شاہ اور جماعت اہلسنت سے وابستہ پانچ سو سے زائد علماء ومفتیان کرام نے گورنر پنجاب سلمان تاثیر کی عبرتناک موت پر اپنے مشترکہ بیان میں مسلمانوں کو ہدایت کی ہے کہ نہ کوئی اس کی نماز جنازہ پڑھے نہ پڑھانے کی کوشش کرے اور گورنر کی ہلاکت پر کسی قسم کے افسوس یا ہمدردی کا اظہار ہرگز نہ کیا جائے۔ گستاخ رسول کا حمایتی بھی گستاخ ہے۔ قائدین علماء اہلسنت نے کہاکہ گورنر کو ہلاک کرنے والے عاشقِ رسول غازی ملک ممتاز حسین قادری کی جرأت، بہادری ایمانی غیرت ودینی حمیت کو زبردست خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہوئے کہاکہ اس جانباز نے امت کی چودہ سو سالہ روایت کو باقی رکھا اور دنیا کے ڈیڑھ ارب مسلمانوں کا سر فخر سے بلند کر دیا۔ قائدین وعلماء اہلسنت نے کہاکہ قانون ناموس رسالت کی مخالفت اور گستاخان رسول کی حمایت کرنے والے وزراء سیاستدان، نام نہاد دانشور، اینکر پرسن ودیگر گورنر پنجاب کی موت سے عبرت حاصل کریں۔ قائدین وعلماء اہلسنت نے کہاکہ کتاب وسنت، اجماع امت اور تصریحات آئمہ کے مطابق توہین رسول کی سزا صرف قتل ہے اور توہین کی نیت کے بغیر بھی حضور کی شان میں توہین کا کلمہ کہنا کفر ہے۔ اس مسئلے پر عہد نبوی اور عہد صحابہ سے لیکر آج تک سب علماء امت اور اہل فتویٰ کا اجماع ہے۔ خلفائے راشدین کے دور میں گستاخان نبی قتل کئے جاتے رہے بلکہ غلاف کعبہ سے لپٹے ہوئے توہین رسول کے مرتکب مرتد کو مسجد حرام میں قتل کرنے کا حکم رسول اللہ نے دیا اور حضرت عمر نے رسول اللہ کا فیصلہ نہ ماننے والے ایک مناقق مسلمان کا اپنی تلوار سے سر کاٹ دیا تھا۔ حضور نبی کریم کو حق تھا کہ وہ اپنے گستاخ کو معاف فرما دیں لیکن امت کیلئے جائز نہیں کہ وہ حضور اکرم کے گستاخ کو معاف کردے۔ قائدین وعلماء اہلسنت نے کہاکہ پچھلی چودہ صدیوں میں صرف ایک سو افراد کو گستاخی رسول پر قتل کیا گیا جس سے ظاہر ہوتا ہے کہ بغیر ثبوت کے کسی کی بلاوجہ جان نہیں لی گئی۔ قانون ناموس رسالت کی مخالفت کرنے والے کفر کا ارتکاب کر رہے ہیں انہیں توبہ اور تجدید ایمانی کرنی چاہئے نیز حکمران قانون ناموس رسالت میں ترمیم نہ کرنے کا اعلان کر کے اپنے ایمان بچائیں۔
    گجرات اور مانسہرہ میں ریلیاں ملک ممتاز قادری کو خراج تحسین


    گجرات / مانسہرہ (نمائندگان جنگ) گورنر پنجاب سلمان تاثیر کے قتل پر گجرات اور مانسہرہ میں جماعت اہلسنت اور تحریک تحفظ ختم نبوت نے ریلیاں نکالیں اور گورنر کو قتل کرنے والے ملک ممتاز قادری کو خراج تحسین پیش کیا۔ تفصیلات کے مطابق تحریک تحفظ ختم نبوت کے کارکنوں نے منگل کو گورنر پنجاب سلمان تاثیر کے قتل کا جشن منانے کیلئے مانسہرہ میں ایک ریلی نکالی، 100 سے زائد افراد مرکزی چوراہے پر جمع ہوگئے اور مقتول گورنر کے خلاف نعرے لگائے ۔ ریلی میں شریک افراد نے اپنے ہاتھوں میں پلے کارڈ اُٹھا کر ایبٹ آباد روڈ پر مارچ کیا اور واقعے کی خوشی مناتے ہوئے مٹھائیاں بھی تقسیم کیں۔ تحریک تحفظ ختم نبوت مانسہرہ ڈسڑکٹ کے سربراہ عبدالروٴف روفی ، سابق ناظم امجد سالار اور دیگر نے ریلی سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ سلمان تاثیر کو توہین آمیز کلمات کی ادائیگی کے باعث قتل کیا گیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جس شخص نے گورنر کا قتل کیا وہ ایک بہترین مسلمان ہے اور مسلمانوں کو اس بہادری پر اسے انعامات سے نوازا جانا چاہئے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ مرحوم سلمان تاثیر صیہونیوں کے ایجنٹ تھے اور ان کی لاش کو ان کے صیہونی آقاوٴں کے حوالے کر دینی چاہئے۔ جبکہ گجرات میں عالمی تنظیم اہلسنت کے صدر پیر محمد افضل قادری کی زیر قیادت ریلی نکالی گئی جس میں زبردست ہوائی فائرنگ ہوئی۔ پیر محمد افضل کا کہنا تھا کہ ملک ممتاز قاردی کو زبردست خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہیں ، حکومت اس کیخلاف کسی قسم کی کارروائی سے باز رہے اس کا مقدمہ ہم لڑیں گے۔ انہوں نے گورنر سلمان تاثیر کے قتل پر 40 روزہ جشن منانے کا اعلان کیا۔ پیر افضل قادری نے کہا کہ گورنر پنجاب کو شہید نہیں بلکہ ملک ممتاز قادری کو غازی کے لقب سے پکارا جائے۔

  125. IMTIAZ says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:03 am

    Yes, ours is a divided society as you say. Has been for a while, but this time the divisions are even more. I am more afraid for Pakistan today than I have been in a very long time. I still believe in Pakistan, but with the international community having abandoned us and with these fanatics gaining strength, I just do not know how we are going to survive.

  126. Talat says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:24 am

    Yes, these are difficult times and yes this is a victory for the fanatics and it is difficult to say anything positive at this time, but this is also not the time for giving up. Crass as it sounds, that would mean they ‘they’ won. Let us make this not the news that made us give up, but the one that made us wake up. As I read this post and the comments I was hit by three blows: (1) That the Punjab Governor was murdered, (2) that so many (although still a very small minority within the over 125 comments here) people seem to think that the murderer did the right thing, and (3) that so many of those I identify with seem ready to give up on Pakistan. We cannot do anything about the first two. But the third we can change because it is in our hands. That is the one that we must not let happen. If anything, here was a person who was not giving up, so why should we?

  127. Adnan says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:34 am

    Amanda says:
    January 4th, 2011 10:24 pm

    religious extremist killed a secular extremist
    you get what you sow

    the only sensible comments found on this particular thread.

  128. Adnan says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:40 am

    Just 3 years ago,radical lefts were celebrating the killing of hundreds of kids at Jamia Hafsa and were giving infinite reasons of justification for their killing and were considering it right by declaring them terrorists. Now why those radical leftists whine if their competitor celebrate the killing of a radical leftist who used to enjoy spreading Fitnah in the name of Islam? It’s better liberals scrutinized the extremism in their own community first which is not good for Pakistani society.

    @Musalmaan: yes I am dangerous because I expose the hypocrisy and filth liberals like you often promote one way or other by coming up your own analogies.. and that too with different aliases.

  129. Ravi says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:48 am

    Dear Pakistanis,

    As long as America and China support you, crazy Mullie Bullies can be contained. Whether it is a Hindu Mullah or a Buddhist Mullah or a Jewish Mullah or a Christian Mullah, all Mullah Fundies are from the same father. Low IQ brained Mullies scoundrels come from the gutters of the society. Their brain is totally different from normal human brain. They have an overactive ‘God spot’ inside their dull brains and because of that these Fundies are paranoid and delusional.
    These nut case are a failure in their life and some of them
    are child abusers ( e.g. some Christian Mullahs).

    Islam is a ‘Priest-less’ religion as far as I know. Don’t understand why do you tolerate these blood drinking loonies.

    Drone power is the only salvation to these menace.

  130. Bling says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:50 am

    crazy fundos in pakistan are NOT in small number. They are lurking everywhere to flex there muscle. They have to keep lamenting abt lal mosque/the mosque filled with guns and amunition. Jai nimazoon per baithain howay bahiryain. they have black mehrab on their faces showing blackness of heart.

    qoom ul munafiqeen, zalmeen, and mufsideen. Allah will deal with these yazeeds.

  131. AllahWasaya says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:08 am

    Reading comments in this thread, is there an obvious joke that I’m missing over here??? or has majority in the Land of the Pure gone totally bonkers. Oh well lets point the positive part, every idiot, imbecile, low life, narrow minded, molvi in Pakistan seems to have internet access!!!

  132. G. Ali says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:11 am


    It takes a special kind of scum to gloat at other misery, congratulations you have gone down to that level. But again you are an Indian, what else can one expect from you.
    Happy reading:

  133. jock says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:24 am


    Please tell us what those ‘innocent’ Jamia Hafsa students werte doing with a stash of armour and military-grade weaponry in their ‘seminary’? Surely children in seminaries don’t need weapons……or am I missing something?

  134. Zamir says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:31 am

    Everyone who has been arguing that this murder was justified, can I ask a question? (And please pardon my ignorance). Let’s forget for a moment this mulla/liberal blasphemy/non-blasphemy debate. Does Shariat allows a person to take law into his/her hand? Is it ok for a person to just pick up arm and kill someone for …. Without due process?
    Also, I don’t agree with some comments of Maulana Maududi, specially comments he made about Hazrat Usman in Khilafat and Mulukiat, I found them insulting. Does that mean I am allowed to kill anyone who supports Maulana Maududi?

  135. Faraz says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:41 am

    I suspect that we’d be ripping each other apart even if we were a nation of the same religion, and of the same race. We simply find it more convenient to hate than to love. What is wrong with us?

  136. Maskeenel says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:49 am

    How will it sound when some anti mullah group comes into power and declares that it is there time now. Get ready. Just thinking, when I hear people gloating at the killing of some logical man in the name of Islam because some buffoon, took it upon himself, to protect Islam.
    What a weak concept of protection. Peace

  137. Pakistani says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:51 am

    This concept of blasphemy and the prescribed punishment are both contradictory to the Qur’an and the Prophet’s conduct. The Qur’an prescribes restraint, and distancing from the blasphemous persons or situations. The emphasis is on restraint and forgiveness. A study of the following verses should bear this out:

    “When ye hear the signs of Allah held in defiance and ridicule, ye are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme.” [Qur'an 4:140]
    “And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: “to us our deeds and to you yours; peace be to you.” [Qur'an 28: 55]

    “Hold to forgiveness, command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant.” [Qur'an 7:199]

    “Have patience with what they say, and leaves them with noble (dignity).” [Qur'an 73:10]

    “And the servants of Allah . . . are those who walked on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say ‘Peace’” [Qur'an 25:63]

    “Allah is with those who restrain themselves.” [Qur'an 16: 128]

    “. . . But they uttered blasphemy . . . if they repent, it will be best for them, but if they turn back, Allah will punish them.” [Qur'an 9:47]



  138. Saeeduzzaman says:
    January 5th, 2011 11:05 am

    I have been reading newspapers and blogs and analyses of this and I must say of the many dozen I have read this is not just the best written but also the most heartfelt and on-target analysis. This was a tragedy that was made even more tragic because of the cartoon reactions to it on the TV and also in today’s newspapers and most other blogs. Yours is a sad but sane voice. In a Pakistan where there are very few sane voices left, I am glad that you are there, sir.

  139. Eidee Man says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:06 pm

    I’m following news coverage of this incident, like I’m sure everyone else is. It’s disgusting to see the cold, analytical approach being employed by the anchors — as if there can be a justification for this.

    Earlier I was hoping that we’d find out that this person was a lone ranger with obvious mental issues; but it’s becoming quite clear that our entire society is diseased.

  140. SonaliYeahRight says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:36 pm

    Are you really Sonali? You do not talk like an Indian woman.

  141. Meengla says:
    January 5th, 2011 12:39 pm

    @Eidee Man,
    I think, going by the blogspace, it looks like there is at least significant number of people disgusted by what happened to Taseer. It is hard to talk about the percentages though.

    But on the whole, the society has reached such a point that I am despairing now more than I had despaired even when Benazir Bhutto was killed. At that time, I thought, the tyranny of the military rule was ending and the new parliament would at least provide at least some sense of participation to people. However, because of too many reasons that is not so. I will leave that discussion for some other time. Right now, it is ‘what needs to be done’.

    The answers, to me, are not simple of course. I have thought about many scenarios and came to some conclusions. I admit, mostly in early stages. Some quick thoughts here:
    1) Making peace with India at the minimal acceptable level at the earliest possible date.
    2) Getting the hell out of WOT and ending dependence on American dollars while, at the same time, ensuring Americans leave Afghanistan and no Al-Qaida takes over there.
    3) Giving Pakistan to the UN in a trusteeship to be governed by the UN GA/SC members input, thus dissolving the existing political and military dynasties (and they are not just the usual ‘feudal’ kinds, btw) to be replaced by some foreigners. Perhaps the British Raj again!
    4) Breaking up of Pakistan into ‘confederate’ States, something along the line of the Southern Confederacy (no slaves though!) or even Mujib’s 6-points in the then E.Pakistan.
    5) Forming of a national govt. with an Ata Turk like strong man, backed by the might of the military, for 2 decades, to be supported international players, to reform the infrastructure in every sense–starting with the education.

    Now, I know these are jumbled thoughts. Some of them are in direct opposition to others and that is fine by me. I am thinking out aloud. I am brainstorming everything. But I feel backed up to the wall and know that the ‘evolution’ to democracy approach I espoused barely 3 years ago is not going to work in the hell-hole that Pakistan has become. I mean, if you had only 2-3 outspoken prominent leaders in a country of 170 millions and one of them killed then you know that the battle–nay, the war, should be to salvage what we can to provide something better for the 170 million somehow. What we have is not going to work. Not with what we have to work with.

    Drastic measures require equally drastic measures.

  142. Adnan says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:01 pm

    qoom ul munafiqeen, zalmeen, and mufsideen. Allah will deal with these yazeeds.

    Mentioning Yazeed, It’s interesting to note that Shias declared Dr.Israr Wajibul Qatal because He revealed a truth about Ali(RA) that he was drunk while standing up for Imamat. I hope shias must refrain making such comments when there is offical extremism in their faith.

  143. A Muslim says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:05 pm

    I will simply say that No one is allowed in this world created by ALLAH to change the LAWS made by ALLAH.

  144. jock says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:13 pm


    Adnan please try to put this above your conflicts with your favourite scapegoats, i.e. ‘liberals, ‘seculars’ and ‘leftists’. Can’t you see what is happening? Do you really think it matters which group you belong to? By all means, condemn whichever other incident you want to condemn but at least TRY to condemn this murder as well.

    It could have been you, me or anybody else in this murder as these people don’t seem to care much who they kill. What will you do when somebody (God forbid) comes after you?

  145. Musalman says:
    January 5th, 2011 1:23 pm

    I agree 100% with “A Muslim” that “No one is allowed in this world created by ALLAH to change the LAWS made by ALLAH”

    This is exactly why these Mullahs who are trying t o change the rules of Allah and impose their own shaitani man-made laws and nonsense in the name of religion must be resisted. Every mullah is in fact committing shirk by trying to become the thekedar of what is true Islam. Specially the people supporting the blasphemy law – which has no basis in the laws of Allah and was written by clerks in Zia’s government – are really quite evil because as “A Muslim” rightly points out they are not allowed to change the laws of Allah and yet that is exactly what they are doing.

  146. JAWAD says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:07 pm

    very well done who ever killed him for what he said/did. very well…. how dare he change the Islamic Rules . he cant… and now let him face the Rules him self for real now. . .!

  147. JAWAD says:
    January 5th, 2011 2:11 pm

    ONE THING MORE. the government was suppose to hang him till death. but how on earth this govt can do any thing good. like rehman malik ko dekh lo he dosnt even know soorah-e-ikhlas
    any how. it was the states job, but he knew that they will never give it a damn. he did good

  148. Adnan says:
    January 5th, 2011 3:01 pm

    @Jock: Preaching starts from home my friend. First condemn the killing of innocent kids at Jamia Hafsa and by drone attacks. Condemn and Damn those who celebrated killing of kids at Jamia Hafsa then ask others to do. Be a role model.

    Can’t you see what is happening?

    Yeah I saw it, a secular extremist killed by religious extremist. May be you are blind or not able but I am clearly able to see, so others.

    Is it not irony that Taseer who despised Mullahs whole life. The same Mullah offered his prayer? Why did not they ask Rehman Malik to lead Imamat? He would not be asked to read Surah Ikhlas.

  149. Maryam says:
    January 5th, 2011 3:13 pm

    did you notice Salman Taseer’s Death date, Well let me little more precise its 4_1_1 1 this is ALLAH

  150. skai says:
    January 5th, 2011 5:02 pm

    What ever we mat say, murder is a mreder, gives bad name to pakistan or not?

  151. Nasir-Khi says:
    January 5th, 2011 5:32 pm

    The event was very much expected & it is governments responsibility too to timely intervene & speak to public. Such sensitive matters shall be dealt with extreme priority, perople holding public office & claiming to be ‘peoples voice’ are actually disconnected from ‘the people’.
    Salman Taseer was one example who had no idea of Public Sentiment at all, had no roots in public & if he had that, he would have not acted the way he did. Instead of passing such careless statement about the law, he should have prefferably remaind silent or should have gone to the court of law with taking public in confidence first.
    He actually failed to show respect for Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) to people of Pakistan, at least in the public gatherings. Rather he kept hurting our feelings by supporting Asia & through passing negative comments about the law.
    People who are defending him & his murder on TV etc including party workers should review their approach, calling him a Shaheed is wrong. Salman Taseer had a clear conflict, the guard Mumtaz Qadri did the right thing if we look at it from religious point of view, but accorging the Law of Land, he has comitted a crime for sure he will face the conequences. But as a muslim, his action is right & appreciated at large.

  152. Javed Chaudary says:
    January 5th, 2011 5:46 pm
  153. Yasir Hasan says:
    January 5th, 2011 6:12 pm

    @Marium, with all due respects, this is stupid. Why did you put those underscores? You can build anything from anything using characters as per your liking….

  154. UsmanShani says:
    January 5th, 2011 6:30 pm

    Mis. Maryam, plz aap aapna ILM apny paas hi rakahin to behter ho ga, ok? thnx lot!!!

  155. jock says:
    January 5th, 2011 7:02 pm


    Calling me blind and brushing if off as “secular extremism” vs “religious extremism” is the easiest thing to do my friend. And that is not what I was referring to. I was referring to the fact that this sort of thing is becoming common, i.e. killing people on a mere whim. The Sialkot killings, the numerous acts of inter-ethnic and sectarian violence and now this. I repeat, what would you do if these killers crossed your path one day? Would you start lecturing them on “secular extremism” as well?

    I have been condemning the drone attacks and other govt-sponsored rubbish both in public and in private, incidentally. None of that changes the fact that, with acts like these some people themselves have created their own ‘drones’ and their own ‘Lal Masjids’.

  156. Idealist says:
    January 5th, 2011 7:35 pm

    ‎(1) Everybody must honour the line drawn by religion of Islam.
    (2) Showing disrespect to the prophet(PBUM) is a crime in Islam
    (3)Also, no individual can start punishing people by individually deciding the actions
    (4) However…, at present , we all have our religious & national duty to behave in a way not threatening the integrity of Pakistan.

  157. Waseem says:
    January 5th, 2011 8:32 pm

    Shame on us Pakistanis and shame on our country for letting this happen. It is a national embarrassment and more Pakistani mouths will go hungry and die of disease and starvation because of idiotic acts like this. We are isolating ourselves because of improper ideology. If we truly want to follow the way of the Prophet (PBUH), we should be welcoming and tolerant people.

  158. Jibran says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:10 pm

    He got d right treatment.

    Facebook has removed Mumtaz Qadri’s fanpage from its website, which had managed to attract more than 2,000 fans in less than 24 hours.

  159. Jibran says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:12 pm

    So this is actual FACE of FaceBook

    Freedom of Expression Worldwide means

    “Choice is yours as long as color is blue”

    Advocates of “Freedom of Expression” in Pakistan need to re-think.

  160. Eidee Man says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:22 pm

    For all of us, myself included, who spent years positing that extremism is limited to a negligible fringe element, these hateful and disturbing comments are a rude awakening. We were warned time and again of creeping radicalization, and we chose to ignore it.

  161. Eidee Man says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Forgot to add: just saw a picture of the assassin being garlanded — I’m done being disgusted, our society is officially dead.

    “Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
    except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero”

  162. Jibran says:
    January 5th, 2011 9:26 pm

    If a person like taseer play with the emotions of muslims this is freedom of speech
    the so called liberals are also dangerous extremists

  163. Meengla says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:00 pm

    Why was I not surprised by @Eidee Man’s post about the assassin being garlanded? Well, here it is, linked from the front page of NY Times right now for all the world to see how low many of us can stoop to.


    “LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Lawyers showered the suspected killer of a prominent Pakistani governor with rose petals when he arrived at court Wednesday and an influential Muslim scholars group praised the assassination of the outspoken opponent of laws that order death for those who insult Islam.

    Mumtaz Qadri, 26, made his first appearance in an Islamabad court, where a judge remanded him in custody a day after he allegedly sprayed automatic gunfire at the back of Punjab province Gov. Salman Taseer while he was supposed to be protecting him as a bodyguard. A rowdy crowd slapped him on the back and kissed his cheek as he was escorted inside. The lawyers who tossed handfuls of rose petals over him were not involved in the case.

    As he left the court, a crowd of about 200 sympathizers chanted “death is acceptable for Muhammad’s slave.” The suspect stood at the back door of an armored police van with a flower necklace given to him by an admirer and repeatedly yelled “God is great.”

  164. bling says:
    January 5th, 2011 10:54 pm

    three years ago in national assesmbly moulvees tore apart the bill for hudood ordinanace and stamped it with their feet. The bill started with bismillah. This moulvee was asked in a TV show isn’t it blasphemy cause he trampled it under his feet. he said we dont agree to bismillah written on a wrong thing.

    @adnan where were you, why didnt you came on streets to kill this moulvee.

    by the way those ppl who are asking predators like adnan what if killers come after him. My friends killers wont come after him. he is a talabanee hound hired to troll at places like this to remind us how sickening paksiani society is. Shame on USA for saving pakistan from communist regime of Russia. If i could change the history, i would let russia take over afghanistan and pakistan. these moulvee-hounds were better killed by Russia. What a pity USA has unleashed these bloody qomai yazeed on us.

    O Adnan miyaan, yazeed insaan, ali (as) ko drunk kehnay walay, tu jhanum mai jalay ga yazeed hi kay saath, taira bestfriend tujahy good mai utha ker jhanam jai ga.

  165. Haji says:
    January 5th, 2011 11:19 pm

    They might be chanting “Jiay Bhutto” but the fact of the matter is that its Zia-ul-Haq who still continues to “live” and haunt us !

  166. AlixKhan11 says:
    January 5th, 2011 11:36 pm

    Can we get the British back? I mean if my option is to live in a society cowed by these crazy, fascist, murdering thugs or being governed by a foreign culture that at least allows the rule of law then I, for one, choose the British.

    Long Live the Queen!!!

  167. Majid says:
    January 5th, 2011 11:41 pm


    “Freedom of Expression” does not include supporting your terror1st ideology.

  168. Meengla says:
    January 5th, 2011 11:53 pm

    Indeed, @Majid is correct about freedom of expression. All societies impose some kind of limits. You choose to live in a society you follow the rule. Otherwise there is the wilderness where you can be free to do all kinds of expressions of your thoughts.
    If there is unadulterated freedom then someone can shout ‘Fire!, Fire!’ in a theater packed with people, with potentially horrible consequences. Get my point Mr. Jibran?
    The mullah fundos are trying to hide behind freedom of expression to incite more violence: Look at this very topic here. At least one person has not-so-vaguely threatened Professor Najam for this blog about Taseer.
    No, sir, we can’t be fooled by your play on words. We KNOW how much freedom your ideological kins gave to the Afghans between 1996 and 2001. And we know the kind of muzzling of thought you are capable of in Pakistan.

  169. lidaliqa says:
    January 5th, 2011 11:55 pm

    Time for Pakistani’s youth to wake up and round up the Mullahs and hand them all!!!!!
    Anyone preaching intolerance and issuing FATWA should be Jailed. Enough is Enough when are we going to wake up and get rid of these Mullahs wgo have taken advantage of our Political Vacumm.

    What is the difference between Shiv Sena and Mullah’s ???

  170. shobha says:
    January 5th, 2011 11:59 pm

    As an Indian, I don’t want to question the blasphemy laws, because I don’t know enough about it, but I do want to ask those who support it. How do you prove if indeed someone said something blasphemous ?

    Doesn’t it just become a cases of he says verses she says ? Which is really subjective.

    In that case can’t some malicious people collude to purposely trap an innocent person and frame them – for some personal agenda?.

    Are there any safety nets in place to prevent that ?

    Or is the word of the Muslim count for more than a non-muslim automatically ?

    Any law’s misuse should be investigated and I don’t understand why anyone (even those who support it ) should have a problem with reassessing the law to prevent such occurrences.

  171. Meengla says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:10 am

    Blasphemy Law was introduced by a RUTHLESS military dictator who did not shy away from publicly hanging ‘deviants’ and political prisoners. This Law is not some some word of God. It was man-made. Passed by a semi-elected Parliament under duress of a background Martial Law of GENERAL Zia ul Haq. It is a different story that no genuine Parliament has the courage to repeal this Law because of the threats involved–as Taseer’s death shows. This does not make the Law the voice of the people. Indeed, when Nawaz Sharif, who was actually an elected PM, tried to introduce the Shariat Law he was unsuccessful.
    And to answer some of your questions: Blasphemy Law can be mis-used against ANYONE in Pakistan. Even against ‘mainstream’ Sunni Muslims. I should know. My own brother in Karachi was implicated and escaped the nooze barely a year ago. I have an account of that in this blogspace. You can search and find it.

  172. faisal says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:14 am

    (4) However…, at present , we all have our religious & national duty to behave in a way not threatening the integrity of Pakistan.

    Pakistan can go to hell if my basic human rights can be trampled upon by lunatics without any accountability.

  173. Fellow-Pakistani says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:41 am

    @Adil Najam:
    “And it is all of us who tolerate them and their intolerance. It is this tolerance of intolerance that kills.”





  174. EKB says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:50 am

    Wow… we are not only intolerant but judgmental as well. I am totally horrified by the fact after reading very enlightening comments of some people that so many people with criminal mentalities are living among us.
    God help us all as we are not ready to help ourselves.

  175. Truth Seeker says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:52 am

    The Military Dictator did not conjure up the blasphemy law out of thin air, it had a solid history deeply rooted in Islamic traditions and religious text. Take a look at any Islamic country that tries to implement Shariat. Or else try to preach a different version of Islam (let alone other religions) in a country that implements Shariat law the way Zakir Nayak preaches Islam live on Indian television in front of thousands of ‘kafir’ audience clapping at his sermons. I suspect you will not find it that easy.

    But then again closing one’s eyes on the root cause of this problem is comforting and convenient, so why not..

  176. Adnan says:
    January 6th, 2011 1:44 am

    See what I said, Those who are lecturing others to be tolerant and cursing are more intolerant and radical than Mullahs. Read the comment of a radical Shia because, according to him I did “Toheen-e-Ali(RA)” while in reality i just shared the fact.

    O Adnan miyaan, yazeed insaan, ali (as) ko drunk kehnay walay, tu jhanum mai jalay ga yazeed hi kay saath, taira bestfriend tujahy good mai utha ker jhanam jai ga.

    Thank you my lil Shia friend. Thanks. Just like you got angry, similarly others get angry when someone offend The Prophet(saw). Salman Taseer offended The Prophet by supporting the one who was a blasphemer. I am sure that if Asrar was alive, either you or some of your friend would have killed him.

    Thanks again. Now get back to your bin and read the facts about what your shia Mullahs never told you at all.

  177. Asim says:
    January 6th, 2011 1:45 am

    So, who would gain the most and what from this killing?

  178. Adnan says:
    January 6th, 2011 1:48 am

    To those who are cursing are actually those who prefer to live in fools paradise.

    It was not Zia but Bhutto who declared Qadyanis as Kaafir. It was Bhutto who was more interested to unite Muslim Ummah. It was not Zia but Bhutto who gave us “Islamic Bomb”. Zia was just custodian of what Bhutto gave. SO all PeePeePee supporters should get back to refer their own party history and if they really have balls then curse Bhutto rather than others.

  179. Aamir Ali says:
    January 6th, 2011 2:14 am

    What a sick and disgusting fellow that Mumtaz Qadri is…I see him and I see mad evil, that needs to be wiped out immediately.

    A country full of Mumtaz Qadri and approvers of his dirty crimes is never going to be at peace or experience progress.

  180. zamir says:
    January 6th, 2011 2:24 am

    “It was not Zia but Bhutto who declared Qadyanis as Kaafir”.

    Actually it was the Parliment (of which Bhutto was PM) that declared Qadyanis as Kafirs.

  181. disgusted says:
    January 6th, 2011 2:26 am

    @ Adnan
    Thank you my lil Shia friend. Thanks. Just like you got angry, similarly others get angry when someone offend The Prophet(saw). Salman Taseer offended The Prophet by supporting the one who was a blasphemer. I am sure that if Asrar was alive, either you or some of your friend would have killed him.

    You are such a troll…this person didnt threat to kill you for spreading false lies your mullahs have told you about Ali (AS) but said you will rot in hell with Yazeed….how does that equal killing some one….!!!!

    Dr Israr was not killed, he died of natural causes so if your claim about shias would have killed him was true, I wonder why that never came true…surely he had lived long enough for your false claim to come true.

    You think you have the only true respect for your prophet…when in fact people like you disrespect him every day by fabricating facts about his life, making up ahadees attached to him and knowingly promote and follow the Imperial Islam of Banu Ummia….

    These people who were called munafeqeen in quran because they never let go of their hate for Mohammad (PBUH) and wanted to destroy his legacy and they succeeded because suddenly they were the authority in religion after slaying prophet’s religion and were considered Kalipha until Hazrat Umer bin abdul aziz put (RA) put a stop to the disgrace of holy family.
    The history people refer to here about blesphemy is a product of banu ummia not of prophet….and your mullahs and scholars can spew millions of ahadees of how prophet killed people who disgraced him and can twist ayaats in Quran to make lazy people believe that Allah wants them to kill in name of Mohammad (PBUH), people like you commit blesphamy every day but yet you are running amok creating chaos and hate every where

    I do believe you and your mullahs will burn in hell with banu ummia in a special spot and the day of justice your faces will be black when prophet will disown you and your Islam because you followed not prophet’s Islam but Islam of his enemies. Still my belief doesnt equal killing you like this murderer killed Taseer….

    Quran has asked us to fight people like yourself with all vigor because you are fitna in deen and you and people like you and scholars you follow are the fitna that has destroyed this religion…..that is the Jihad to fight you and people like you and stop you.

    Now you can go back to your hole and read some more propaganda your masters are spewing from Saudi Arabia….and i am sure you will come back to put some hateful comments about me too so I can only laugh and day go knock yourself out….those who hate prophet’s family can only claim to love the prophet…and that is just an empty claim….if that rocks your boat…I wish you more power troll

  182. Disgusted says:
    January 6th, 2011 3:04 am

    My prophet PBUH doesnt need a country of fools to save his honor…his honor is not a glass ornament that will shatter nor I can make the whole world respect him or my religion if they dont believe in him or my religion.

    His is the honor that is safe and protected in God’s hand and mere humans can’t dishonor him by using some words….but the acts of a nation that calls itself his lover and Muslims have definitely damaged his religion enough by being vile, ignorant and cruel. You want people to respect your religion and if they wont you will scare them, threaten them, kill them…it is your way or the highway.

    You are hypocrites who bury their women alive and say it is our tradition even though Prophet (PBUH) put a stop to it but yet you still justify it in the name of tradition and trample all over his practice of loving your daughters….and that is not blesphamy but tradition.

    You are the hypocrites who dont let your servants sit at lyour level and eat with you because they are lower than you either because they are Christians (paleet in your language) or poor …you wont sit with your driver and share a cup of tea because he is your servant…yet you claim to love the prophet who had no reservation about things of this matter and disliked discriminating on basis of color, religion and money…Quran talks about these being only your identities and not your measure of closeness to God …yet this happens every day in Pakistan…open desecration of Prophet’s and God’s code of ethics about equality in society and yet this is not blesphamy???

    You are such hypocrites that when you go to western countries you want all your rights as minorities, freedom of speech, religion, pardha and building your mosques but you cannot and will not extend this courtesy to your own minorities even though you claim to follow a religion that protected the rights of minorities no matter what

    What would you do if Christians in Western countries start to prosecute all Muslims because we dont believe Jesus is a son of God and we say that he is a prophet of God just like Mohammad (PBUH)…by your standards you are committing blesphamy because you are denying their religious belief living in their country….should they be able to prosecute you for insulting Jesus by denying their belief about him.

    How many of you think that is a fair punishment under a Christian nation law? because if you have the right to claim that EVERYONE needs to respect your religion so should every other religion….if you live in a Christian/Western country you shouldnt ever say what you dont believe about Jesus because you are insulting Jesus’s status according to Christian religion.

    How about if someone blames anyone of you saying you insulted Nabi (PBUH) and you infact hadnt done any such thing but do you think anyone will believe you….your own judiciary system cant help you if some one wants to harm you and this is an easy way to do so….that is why this law is so dangerous because it is unislamic, unGodly and oppressing at best.

    Do my prophet and my Islam a favor and stop trying to protect it with your idiotic and ignorant ideas. He doesnt need idiots trampling his legacy anymore than what you have already done.

    Go learn to be a human before you even try to be a Muslim…shame on all of you who are justifying this act of murder..shame

  183. shoaib says:
    January 6th, 2011 3:31 am

    Good news, this murder got nothing to do with the current situation in Pakistan. so all doom and gloom is over reation.

    Bad News: had someone insulted the prophet(pbuh) in Pakistan even 50 years ago he/she would have met the same fate.

  184. Hasnat Chohan says:
    January 6th, 2011 4:01 am

    Pakistani society is getting what it has earned after courting the devils of intolerance, ignorance, hatred, and violence for many decades. Shame on the masses for never resisting the repression from mullah, government, or Army–they’re spineless cowards!! Today I am ashamed to be a called a Pakistani.

  185. Shaheen says:
    January 6th, 2011 4:56 am

    OK, i know the situation is depressing and bad, but the doom talk is neither useful nor necessary. The question is what to do. You can see the extremist factions here and in Pakistan gloating over their ‘victory’, the question is what can the rest of us do. This pall of depression only plays into their hands an strengthens them. Also, lets be clear that there is nothing that is easy to do, but of the difficult things what is possible. For example, I think forcing the debate on the Blasphemy law right now instead of taking a back seat is what is needed. Second, I think we need to start outing the extremists in the media. There are also lost of good and moderate people in the media and we need to start by exposing the extreme elements in the media and counter act their claims. Third, we need to not be quiet but confront their arguments everywhere.

    I am sure much more can be done, but here is at least a start. What’s your ideas.

  186. Aamir Ali says:
    January 6th, 2011 7:05 am

    Sounds like some folks have gone on a anti-Shiaism tangent here as well, Shia don’t follow some twisted version of Islam, its the same prayers and beliefs as their fellow Sunnis. Shia structure of prayer and focus on Ali (AS) as leader after the Prophet (PBUH) are the main differences, alongwith more strident rememberance in Muharram.

    It is no surprise to me that those who celebrate Salman Taseer murder are also ready to denounce and kill Shias and anyone else for the matter. The demon has truly taken hold of the radical right in Pakistan.

  187. Disgusted says:
    January 6th, 2011 7:19 am

    Amen Aamir Ali…you are right …absolutely right

  188. Anwer says:
    January 6th, 2011 7:45 am

    … The great historian, Arnold Toynbee observed that “civilisations die from suicide, not by murder”. Toynbee argues that the breakdown of civilisations is not caused by loss of control over the environment, over the human environment, or attacks from the outside. Rather, civilisations commit slow painful suicides. …

    Blood on our hands —Saroop Ijaz\story_6-1-2011_pg3_3

  189. January 6th, 2011 9:29 am

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “Is Saudi Arabian government going to help mr qadri. Since all the corrupt politicians were given safe Hyde outs in that precious land.him and his entire family deserve this protection. Peace”
    - “pro-Taliban cleric Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi condemned the killing of Taseer, saying the law was man-made and not divine.(Those are not my quote).”
    - “SHAME on those supporting this vile actof murder. Allah knows who are within their limits and those who are not.If you disagree with someone you argue not murder there is no compulsion in religion.”
    - “Irshad e nabvi Sallhao Aleh Wasallam hy ” Tum mai say koi us wakt tak momin nhe ho sakta jab tak kay mai usay uskay Maa baap aur her cheez say barh ker naa hojaon”
    Kia hum mai say koi tolerate ker sakta hy k uskay maa baap ki shaan mai ghustaakhi ki jaay,,koi hamaray samny ye keray tou what would be our reaction….if we cant tolerate any disrespect against our parents n beloved,how can we have soft corner for those who did it against our BELOVED PROPHET……for the kind information of Iftikhaar sahab n other people SALMAN TASEER considered Touheen Risalat Kanoon as a KAala KAnoon..what does it sence??koi Nabi KAreem ko kch kahen ap usky saath sympothy show kero n send them to foreign country..while for ur parents u can shoot the person,,Iftikar n sadaf open ur eyes and sirf dunyaa ki fika nhe akhirat ki bhe fikar kerain.thnx”
    - “The Kaffar of Mecca regularily insul;ted the prophet but after fatah of Mecca he forgave them. Also I guess we all know the story of the woman who used to strew thorns in the prohpets(saw ) way when he went to prayer etc…. well what did our beloved Prophet do..? He missed her one day and went to visit her because she was sick. You people who claim to defend the prophet’s honour know nothing of him, he did not react in anger but specifically discouraged angery reactions. If we Muslims were REALLy to follow our beloved Prophet(saw) what a change that would be!In truth we follow illitrate preachers and our own Nafs.”
    - “very good that he is murdered…great act of bravery by the guard”
    - “Let me spread the rumour abt you that you said something disrespectful about prophet. Then let one mullah put a death money for your head. Then before you can explain that I lied about you let someone like qadri murder you. Then let these mullah’s order that noone says your jinaza to fulfill ishq-rasool. Please then come and support these heinous traditions. I hope and i wish this happens to you. may some talabanee mullah order a hitman to shoot you. may these laws that you are promoting bite you in yr ***.

    By the way Zainab, if someone says something to my parents I am not gonna shoot them cause I am a civilized person. A barbarian would shoot someone on such things. Stop bringing these overly sentimental and criminal bukwaas about “parents ko galee daina”. In what kind of society this kind of behavior is ok. To kill someone if they offended you. This is called crime of “honor killing.” And why your blasphemy laws are applicable to non muslims
    Should chrstians in USA start killing muslim cause we are doing blasphemy by not calling jesus son of god and saying muhammad is the prophet. Kis qadar criminal mentality hai tum logoon ki. lanaat ho tum per.”
    - “These blasphemy laws are nothing less than an insult to Islam. What they say is that our religion is so weak and so lacking in principles and so insecure in the faith of the Ummah that it needs laws that threaten murder and commit murder in order to safeguard it. How pathetic is the faith of these mullah morons that this is how they protect their faith.”
    - “what s happening to us????”

  190. Nadeem says:
    January 6th, 2011 9:46 am

    who is this mechanical engineer moron. get of here and go back to the mechanical department you belong to!

    this place is restricted to people who can think logically and argue with some sense!

  191. Nargis says:
    January 6th, 2011 9:58 am

    prof. najam is right, we all have to bear the blame. but that means we all also have to bear the responsibility to act to change things. if not us, then who?

  192. Adnan says:
    January 6th, 2011 9:59 am

    this place is restricted to people who can think logically and argue with some sense!

    No,It’s not

  193. Fauzia says:
    January 6th, 2011 10:01 am

    In’na LiL’Lahay Wa In’na ELay Hay Rajay’oon

    Saddest day for Pakistan. not just because of the murder but because so many people are supporting the murderer and making a hero out of his. How shameful.

    By the way, Dr. Najam, please be careful the threatening comments on your life should not be taken lightly. Salman Taseer’s mistake was not taking the threats against him seriously. Please, be careful, Sir.

  194. Theresa says:
    January 6th, 2011 10:13 am

    My heart is with all Pakistani friends in this difficult time. Hold on with courage, friends. These times are tough but they will pass and you need to be tough.
    May the departed soul rest in peace.
    May all Pakistanis seeking tolerance win at the end against those who spread hate.

  195. Faraz says:
    January 6th, 2011 10:18 am

    Adnan, as a long time reader of this blog I have had to bear reading your comments for years now. And I have yet to see a positive, constructive comment come from you. Do you genuinely enjoy creating conflicts? Try reconciliation for a change.

  196. January 6th, 2011 11:09 am

    It is a sad incident but not out of context. Extremism and Liberalism are two ends on a scale, both are unacceptable. There is not and should not be “freedom of expression” free from everything. We routinely label someone ‘Extremist” or “Liberal” and the very labels are for political reason and at best paint a false picture. One must not be carried away by the unfettered thoughts so as to cross the limits ordained by Allah (SWT). One should also be conscious of the sensitivity of the issues as the saying goes “think before you speak”. We should refrain from labelling people for the sake of our own agenda. The real question that needs to be discussed and looked for answer is Why people take law in their own hands. In literature this attitude is called “self-help” and this happens when state is not performing its functions or when there is mis-trust on the law enforcing agencies and whole legal remedial system. When there was so much hue and cry about the recent blasphemy act why did not the state acted up on it in a way so as to calm the situation rather than inflaming the public.

  197. nusrat says:
    January 6th, 2011 11:15 am

    isn’t it ironic that were india really trying to destroy pakistan, her agents would try getting something exactly like the blasphemy law implemented in pakistan. because, once implemented, such laws spread like cancer in society , a cancer which is hard to detect until it’s too late.
    and these agents would behave exactly like those who support this reprehensible law.
    hey, maybe it’s all a hindu plan, oh these dastardly hindus, they are way too clever for us simple folk. it’s not a coincidence that asia bibi sounds like asha devi, is it? hmmm??

  198. Anis says:
    January 6th, 2011 11:30 am

    Sameer’s comment, which is an adaptation of Martin Niemöller’s prescient poem describing the passivity in Nazi Germany is absolutely spot on. Salman Taseer’s murder has brought out the best the worst among us. The bigots are out in the open preaching their narrow-minded hatred. It is time for the rest to stand up and be counted, or they will be left standing alone when they are in need.

  199. From Islamabad says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:05 pm

    Naturally, the sympathies are always with the one who is killed, but we should think rationally before praising too much just because one is dead.
    Few weeks back, when the talks were in the air about blasphemy and the related law, it was already declared a very sensitive issue, but the late governor, maybe with the powerful position in his mind or just in opposition of religious bodies, he just talked and talked and talked.
    Not only on the issue of blasphemy, Mr. Taseer always spoke against cultural / religious issues which were supported and endorsed by his “whole hated” provincial government; take, for example issue of Basant, and …… drinking……etc.,..I will not go into details….
    We all know, why he was placed as a Governor of Punjab by a dictator, who himself is the most controversial personality in recent history, u know why!!!!
    His “positive” attitude throughout his role as a governor is not hidden, we have been watching and hearing the drama, the issue of blockade of news channels during lawyer’s movement, etc.
    Also, Mr. Taseer was not in the good books of BB, all senior PPP leaders (genuine ones) know this, but now he is being shown as the main pillar of PPP??? !!!

  200. Raza says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:08 pm

    Powerful and honest post.
    I never liked Salman taseer much, but I must say that he has now become a symbol and I am also very very scared today. Even more when i read the comments. People are even giving life threats to Adil Najam for this post. What is wrong with this? What is wrong with us? Have we all gone mad??????????

  201. Anwer says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:10 pm

    زورِ بیان و قوّتِ اظہار چھین لے
    مجھ سے مِرے خدا، مرِے افکار چھین لے

    کچھ بِجلیاں اُتار، قضا کے لباس میں
    تاج و کُلاہ و جبّہ و دستار چھین لے

    عِفّت کے تاجروں کی دکانوں کو غرق کر
    نظّارہ ہائے گیسو و رُخسار چھین لے

  202. Ebrahim says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:16 pm

    this may be the lowest point in our history. A man, good or bad, was murdered and so many decent people are cheering the murderer. What evilness has descended on our land!

  203. Golden says:
    January 6th, 2011 12:23 pm

    I am just going to post the Ayaats this man Paracha quoted supposedly about Blasphemy on media troll Hamid meer’s show….none of them are addressing Blasphemy and none of them are allowing any one to kill anyone…so he is basically lying about the Book on national TV and yet he is authority on deciding who lives or dies???? What is wrong with all of you believing in what predators like him are spewing all over the place…Below are all the Ayaats he quoted

    O ye who believe, say not (unto the Prophet): “Listen to us” but say “Look upon us,” and be ye listeners. For disbelievers is a painful doom. (Baqra:104) (This is about Dooms day

    Lo! those who malign Allah and His messenger, Allah hath cursed them in the world and the Hereafter, and hath prepared for them the doom of the disdained. (Ahzaab:57)
    (Again talking about God will Punish)

    Ye (Prophet) slew them not, but Allah slew them. And thou (Muhammad) threwest not when thou didst throw, but Allah threw, that He might test the believers by a fair test from Him. Lo! Allah is Hearer, Knower.(Infaal: 17)

    And of them are those who vex the Prophet and say: He is only a hearer. Say: A hearer of good for you, who believeth in Allah and is true to the believers, and a mercy for such of you as believe. Those who vex the messenger of Allah, for them there is a painful doom. (Touba:61)

    The Hypocrites are afraid lest a Sura should be sent down about them, showing them what is (really passing) in their hearts. Say: “Mock ye! But verily Allah will bring to light all that ye fear (should be revealed). (Touba:64) (No mention of Blesphamy)

    Make no excuse. Ye have disbelieved after your (confession of) belief. If We forgive a party of you, a party of you We shall punish because they have been guilty. (Touba:64) (No mention of Blesphamy)

    (Abu Lahab : 1-5)
    The power of Abu Lahab will perish, and he will perish.
    No profit to him from all his wealth, and all his gains!
    Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of Blazing Flame!
    And his wife, the bearer of fuel,
    A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre round her (own) neck!

    Now why is he still free quoting Quran in vain and clearly to instigate people….is this not disrespecting and is this not Blasphemy??

  204. Ranita says:
    January 6th, 2011 1:14 pm

    As an Indian , I am shocked to learn of the brutal murder of Mr. Taseer by his security. In 1984, we had ex PM Indira Gandhi assassinated by her security. Its sad that fanatics have more followers than moderates.May his soul rest in peace.

  205. mir says:
    January 6th, 2011 1:36 pm

    Mera azm itna bulund hae Parae sholon se dar nahin. Mujhe dar hae tu atish e gul se hae Ye kahin chaman ko jala na dein significant? by shaheed salman taseer

  206. nadeem Ahsan says:
    January 6th, 2011 2:32 pm

    Pakistanis are a democratic people who are trapped in an undemocratic state. That undemocratic state is trapped in an undemocratic clergy. That undemocratic clergy is trapped in undemocratic ideologies. That undemocratic ideology stems from undemocratic mindset. And where does that undemocratic mindset come from? How we do change that?

    That is the million dollar question we need to be asking.

  207. Rizwan Khalid says:
    January 6th, 2011 7:06 pm

    The implications of Salman Taseer’s assassination are manifold: First, that resistance against the state-sponsored bigotry will further dwindle. Who will dare to take public positions on issues such as discriminatory laws and abuse of religion? Second, the Punjabi jihadis will celebrate this victory and further strengthen their position in the rural hinterland where militancy is bred and exported. Political parties sharing power in the province have appeased the militants or entered into political pacts with them. Third, it appears that a section of the security apparatus designed to protect public functionaries — as it has failed to protect ordinary citizens thus far — is both penetrable and prey to extremist leanings.

  208. Jibran says:
    January 6th, 2011 7:50 pm

    geo mumtaz qadri
    we are with u if u r a terrorist then we are all terrorist like u

  209. Musalman says:
    January 6th, 2011 8:15 pm

    Yes, Jibran. You ARE a terrorist.

  210. Asmat says:
    January 6th, 2011 8:17 pm

    Adil, this is a very honest and hard hitting post and I agree fully with everything but would change only one thing about this post. You start by describing him as a politician and businessman. He was first a father and a husband and a human being. This is what this murdered did, he killed a human being, a father, a husband. That is what these people are cheering, those cheering the murderer should know what they are doing when they cheer this killer Qadri. Maybe they should look at their own wife and kids and wonder what a human loss would mean.
    Inhumanity is what is really on display here.

  211. Asim says:
    January 6th, 2011 8:20 pm

    Dear Muslims,
    You don’t even agree on how Muhammad (SWA) used to pray five times in his times, what do you know how he would have dealt with blasphemy?

    These acts just prove how much free time us muslims have in the world!

  212. Pasha says:
    January 6th, 2011 11:04 pm

    The spin doctors of the right are trying to equate ‘extremism of right’ with ‘extremism of left’. That is just nonsense and lies. What they call extremism of left is personal excesses, teh extremism of right is violent. Words and bullets cannot be equated.

  213. Meengla says:
    January 7th, 2011 12:02 am

    Some of the most powerful words ever uttered in the Pakistani blogspace. Please read below. And weep for Pakistan. Weep for Taseer’s children. Weep for humanity.


    Cheer on my friends! Cheer on the assassin! Smile and clap your hands, chant odes to the ghazi’s bravery! Go ahead, applaud the darkness that is coming your way, because once it has taken you into its embrace, there’ll be no cheer left in your life.

    Hail the assassin as your hero! Lift him up on your shoulders and show his brave deed to your children! Tell them to emulate his example and follow his footsteps! Kiss the ground he walked on! Congregate outside the prison that holds him and shout slogans so he hears your support through the walls. Because soon, the only heroes left in your life will be those with blood on their hands and death in their hearts.

    Denounce the fallen governor! Denounce his licentious ways! Mock his speeches and drag his grieving wife and children through the dirt that is in your mind, your eyes! Question his faith: Was he a secret atheist? Fling all manner of filth and dirt on his name and his ways, for soon there’ll be nothing left in your minds, other than the filth of a faithless piety and the dirt of prejudice.

    Sanctify the assassin’s bullet! Distill all your hatreds and frustrations into it! Place it on a pedestal and recite psalms of solemn servitude to it! Let it be the one fixed point in your life, your north star by which you navigate yourself towards your destiny! Let its line of travel, from muzzle to victim, be the straight and narrow path you seek to your salvation. May you find your victim one day too, just like the bullet found its. Yes, sanctify the bullet because soon it’ll light the way for you towards that destiny where you hold the knife in your hands and your hapless victim struggles vainly in your clutches.

    While you’re at it, make a game out of it all. Clap, laugh and sing songs while the darkness falls all around you. Tell yourself silly little tales of how it’s all for the best because, after all, politicians are corrupt and deserve it all. Let the madness ooze into your puny minds without a struggle, since struggle in the path of what is right can get you killed.

    Kiss the pages of the document where the ‘holy’ laws are written. Don’t read them, don’t think about what they say. Don’t ask questions about them, such as what the rules of evidence are under these laws or how the court is supposed to tell the difference between a true and false allegation. No, don’t do any of that, because soon these will be the only laws left in your life.

    Do it, my friends! Because there is no ‘silent majority’ any more, only a frightened and confused flock hemmed in by the darkness, trembling at the howling of the hyenas around, huddled together under a vanishing light, barely enduring the great dark absence beyond.

    No words will soothe their fears, no courage will call them to action. No strength exists any longer to lift this cowering multitude into the ranks of humanity, no mind’s eye to light the way for them.

    So do it! Celebrate all manner of bloodlust because soon there will be nobody left in your life who can call murder by its name.

    Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2011.

  214. Kamran says:
    January 7th, 2011 12:40 am

    I never thought Salman Taseer’s death would make me sad, but eh way he was killed and the reaction of people to that brutality makes me cry. Have we truly lost all our humanity and morality to the evilness of the mullah.

  215. Rasheed says:
    January 7th, 2011 1:41 am

    Adil Najm Sahib,

    You might want to inform your local law enforcement authorities about the latest developments vis-à-vis the personal threats to your life. You may want to also arm yourself, depending on your local laws, and be vague about your whereabouts. This might require temporarily cancelling appearances at public events in high-risk areas until the dust settles. But please continue to voice your opinion one way or another, and thank you for your courage and service.

  216. nusrat says:
    January 7th, 2011 2:14 am

    mr.najam – in these dark times courageous individuals are a diminishing commodity, and courageous people who write eloquently are almost extinct. since you belong to the latter category i urge you to stay safe, so that you may continue exposing and confronting the cancer that is spreading in the very marrow of pakistan’s blood stream.

    if you are living in america these days, i suggest you contact the fbi and provide them the ip addresses of the commenters who penned threats against you.
    if these “keyboard jehadis” happen to be living here in the states or britain, i am sure the authorities will be happy to make their acquaintance.


  217. Malik says:
    January 7th, 2011 2:32 am

    Salman Taseer is our Martin Luther King Jr. He not only talked the talk but also walked the walk. Let his shahadat be an aspiration for all of us to eliminate all kinds of apartheid religious or otherwise.

  218. Waseem says:
    January 7th, 2011 2:47 am

    We love our ALLAH, which in turn demands us to love our Rasool (S.A.W). It was RIGHT to send such a low profile to Hell ASAP !!

    Anyone who needs freedom of speech, should keep it at home where he is a husband and father.. and NOT in public where he is only an acquaintance to anyone. Pakistan was found in the name of ISLAM and I am very proud ALLAH still puts men between us who live up to that.

    Electrical Engineer (UET)
    Nokia Siemens Networks

  219. Shujaat Ali says:
    January 7th, 2011 3:15 am


    Wow, what a horrible allah you have who demands that you go around murdering people.
    We Muslims, we do it differently. Unlike whoever your Allah is, our Muslim Allah is Rahman and Raheem.
    Can you kafir log please leave my country.
    By the way, I have just sent an email with a link to your comment and an image of it to Nokia Siemens headquarters telling them that their employees are publicly defending and instigating murder and using the company name while doing it.
    Good luck with your allah. Can you please ask your allah to stop using the name of our Muslim Allah, because Islam’s Allah is nothing like whichever devil you are worshiping.

  220. UsmanAwan says:
    January 7th, 2011 9:14 am

    Qadri ne acha kaam kiya mulk muslmaano k liye hy ghadaaron k liye nahi mery bas ho to hr nonmuslim ko line main khara kr k goli maar doon.jesy qadri ne kiya i am proud on this guy who kill nonmuslam.Doctorne yeto btaya k 27 goliyaan lageen magr ye nahi btaya kah us ne kitny glaas sharaab pi rakhi thi.haaan.laanat hy tum logon pe jo iss kanjar ko shaeed kah rahy ho kal jab Allah poochy ga to usko kya jawab do gy.aur usk saary haaami us k sath dozakh main jao gy oye apny aap ko iss qadar acha banaao k log tumhary peechy jayain.warna khuda ne khud kaha hy main GHAFOOR RUR RAHEEM HOUN to AZAAB UN ALEEM bhi.iss pahly kah wo rasi khench le sudhaar lo apny aap ko.aik kaafir ko shaeed na kaho aur wobhi uss kafir ko jisko poora pakistan janta hy uss k saary kaam… Yaqeen nai to jao google main aur (salman taseer family foto) likh k kholo.phir kahna kah tum ghalt ho.ok.aik ungli doosron pe uthaao to baqi apni taraf aati hain.ok.Sudhar jaao.Sudhar jaao.
    warna maa ki qasam tum logon ko dozakh main jany se koi nahi rok sakta.

  221. nusrat says:
    January 7th, 2011 9:44 am

    shujaat ali -very well said. if you were standing next to me, i could kiss you.

  222. nusrat says:
    January 7th, 2011 9:52 am

    what is it with engineers and terror and/or support for terror. if it’s not faisal shezad in new york, then it’s waseem, electrical engineer (uet) of nokia siemens on pakistaniat.
    btw, what is “uet”

    ps – shujaat ali, please write the nokia siemens people that if needed, how they can obtain the ip address for their engineer’s comment.

  223. Humanity says:
    January 7th, 2011 9:53 am

    @Shujaat Ali — Well done for exposing the hate mongers to their employers. These people must be hit where its hurts most – their pocket book. They and their mullahs will forget their love for the deity that demands blood all the time if and when the $$ that they worship is taken away.

    Allah, the Ghafuar ur Raheem is self-sufficient. His Holy Prophet (saw) is rahmatullilalameen. These low lifes think the Creator and His Beloved Prophet need their man-made laws to protect their honor. These murderers are the true blasphemers.

  224. Malik says:
    January 7th, 2011 10:33 am

    Please listen from 2:50 Salman Taseer reciting his favourite poem;

    Wonder if this can be put on this site somehow.

  225. trim says:
    January 7th, 2011 11:27 am


    these hatemongers are getting so bold that they are signing in with their employer’s name.

    hahahha, he works for his “devil allah” as well as Nokia seimens.

    UET means university of engineering and technology lahore. It was a hot breeding ground for scums like Jamat-islami. Paindoo Paindoo log lahore aa ker political or religious parties ko join ker latain thay. This university waas also called university of error and terror. The lowest call of ugly retarded psychpaths were openly roaming around in this university back in 80s and 90s.

    Just a though what if this troll is trying to implicate someone named waseem. well I am sure Nokia can find it. Specially if this devil was using offical network to spew hatred. lol. Ishq-e-rasool ka maza ai ga ub.

  226. ali sher says:
    January 7th, 2011 11:59 am

    thats what a para likha pakistani thinks
    “”"”"”"We love our ALLAH, which in turn demands us to love our Rasool (S.A.W). It was RIGHT to send such a low profile to Hell ASAP !!
    Anyone who needs freedom of speech, should keep it at home where he is a husband and father.. and NOT in public where he is only an acquaintance to anyone. Pakistan was found in the name of ISLAM and I am very proud ALLAH still puts men between us who live up to that.”"”"”"
    and then you complain why they call us terrorists……….
    u ppl deverve drones………
    n best ov luck with nokia and siemien things…..hope u il keep practicn ur freedom of speech at home

  227. Sobak says:
    January 7th, 2011 3:16 pm

    some black minded (like Waseem) commenter show a naked religion terrorism. they don’t know how to develop! Mr, Waseem support salman’s pathetic death with shouting Allah Allah Allah!! but he is a servant of non-Muslim. shame… shame… !!

    Sobak, from Bangladesh.

  228. ali says:
    January 7th, 2011 8:58 pm

    Questions for all those that support Qadri…

    The following questions are for the understanding of all those (like myself) who don’t really understand what wrong Salman Taseer did exactly.

    1. What is blasphemy law in Pakistan? What is the definition of blasphemy according to that law?

    For reference: Blasphemy law in Pakistan are part of Pakistan Penal Code, originally written by British (in 1860) to prevent inter-religious conflict. The law was amended in 1985 and later.

    2. What are the sources of Islamic law (Shariah)? As per majority of schools of thought, they are Quran, Sunnah, Ijmah and Qiyas.

    3. What did Salman Taseer exactly say that comes under blasphemy? Saying Pakistan Panel Code §295-§298 should be reviewed can either be: a) request for ijmah by law makers, b) saying (british made) Pakistan panel code is not clear enough. Hadood ordinance was amended in 2006 under Women protection bill, was that blasphemy too?

    For reference: §295-C is the law that says blasphemy of Prophet SAW is non-bailable, punishable by death (added 1986).

    By the way, the law is “cognizable”, meaning Police can register direct criminal case, initiate the investigation and arrest the accused without interference of the court. The process of the registration of the criminal case, investigation, arrest of the accused and other relevant proceedings lie with the whims and caprice of Police officials.

    4. What did Aasia Bibi actually say? Who were witnesses? What are the details of the case?

    5. Can an individual take law in own hands (even in an Islamic state)? What is the difference between justice and creating fitnah?

  229. Karim says:
    January 7th, 2011 11:05 pm

    Actually, I think the extremist sentiment on this one has been so bad that some of th moderates have now also started speaking up. For example hosts like Moeed Pirzada and others have started coming out on teh side of sanity. I hope more will follow.

  230. ivehadit says:
    January 7th, 2011 11:27 pm

    The ratio of posts by fanatics and liberals is in the same proportion as the votes cast in popular elections. Pakistan remains liberal and forward looking.

  231. Qamar says:
    January 7th, 2011 11:43 pm

    Rumor has it that Asma Jehangir will become next governor of Punjab. Any truth to that?

  232. Bangash says:
    January 7th, 2011 11:52 pm

    I am eagerly waiting for the day when the world moves away from oil, so that Arab money stops flowing to our free-loader maulvis. The day mullah runs out of free cash will be the day their power begins to ebb.

    Its a mark of malice and deviousness of extremists and maulvis that they are pointing to Taseer’s personal life and false allegation that he insulted the Prophet (PBUH) in order to justify his murder.

  233. Arifa says:
    January 7th, 2011 11:52 pm

    I think Asma Jehangir would be a great choice and a strong message to the country and the world.

  234. UETian says:
    January 8th, 2011 1:05 am

    UET is University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore. But lets not generalize on the basis of two idiot comments. Prof. Adil Najam himself studied there and is the sanest voice for reason and pride in a progressive Pakistan. He is also the greatest pride of UET and was even when he was a student. this entire blog is a testimony to his love for Pakistan and his untiring and courageous efforts to make Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan a reality.

  235. Meengla says:
    January 8th, 2011 2:24 am

    Asma Jehangir will be great as the Governor of Punjab. After the first woman PM of Pakistan, the first Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, the first woman Governor of Sindh (Rana Liaqat), it is about time Punjab gets a woman Governor.

    Kudos to PPP if they do that–yet again.

  236. Sajjad says:
    January 8th, 2011 6:36 am

    It is unfortunate to see some people defending a murderer. The Prophet I learned about was an embodiment of mercy and kindness. What has been done and is being done in his name is shameful. What do the self-appointed Ashiqan-e-Rasool say about the trust that was betrayed by this murderer Qadri? Wasn’t he trusted with protecting the life of his victim? Is that how a follower of the Prophet (known as Amin) honors the trust placed in him?

  237. MQ says:
    January 8th, 2011 10:29 am

    Taseer was an enthusiastic user of Twitter. His comments, mostly related to the prevailing politics, were blunt, often humorous and sometime poetic. His last tweet, 8 hours before his death, is reported to be a couplet by Shakeel Badayuni:

    میرا عزم اتنا بلند ہے کہ پراے شعلوں سے ڈر نہیں
    مجھے خوف آتش گل سے ہے، یہ کہیں چمن کو جلا نہ دے

  238. Wasif says:
    January 8th, 2011 8:02 pm

    Lots of names coming up for Governor to replace Salman Taseer.
    My vote would be for Aitizaz Ahsan, but I doubt if Zardari will do that.

  239. January 8th, 2011 8:07 pm

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “Irshad e nabvi Sallhao Aleh Wasallam hy ” Tum mai say koi us wakt tak momin nhe ho sakta jab tak kay mai usay uskay Maa baap aur her cheez say barh ker naa hojaon”
    Kia hum mai say koi tolerate ker sakta hy k uskay maa baap ki shaan mai ghustaakhi ki jaay,,koi hamaray samny ye keray tou what would be our reaction….if we cant tolerate any disrespect against our parents n beloved,how can we have soft corner for those who did it against our BELOVED PROPHET……for the kind information of Iftikhaar sahab n other people SALMAN TASEER considered Touheen Risalat Kanoon as a KAala KAnoon..what does it sence??koi Nabi KAreem ko kch kahen ap usky saath sympothy show kero n send them to foreign country..while for ur parents u can shoot the person,,Iftikar n sadaf open ur eyes and sirf dunyaa ki fika nhe akhirat ki bhe fikar kerain.thnx”
    - “The Kaffar of Mecca regularily insul;ted the prophet but after fatah of Mecca he forgave them. Also I guess we all know the story of the woman who used to strew thorns in the prohpets(saw ) way when he went to prayer etc…. well what did our beloved Prophet do..? He missed her one day and went to visit her because she was sick. You people who claim to defend the prophet’s honour know nothing of him, he did not react in anger but specifically discouraged angery reactions. If we Muslims were REALLy to follow our beloved Prophet(saw) what a change that would be!In truth we follow illitrate preachers and our own Nafs.”
    - “et me spread the rumour abt you that you said something disrespectful about prophet. Then let one mullah put a death money for your head. Then before you can explain that I lied about you let someone like qadri murder you. Then let these mullah’s order that noone says your jinaza to fulfill ishq-rasool. Please then come and support these heinous traditions. I hope and i wish this happens to you. may some talabanee mullah order a hitman to shoot you. may these laws that you are promoting bite you in yr ***.

    By the way Zainab, if someone says something to my parents I am not gonna shoot them cause I am a civilized person. A barbarian would shoot someone on such things. Stop bringing these overly sentimental and criminal bukwaas about “parents ko galee daina”. In what kind of society this kind of behavior is ok. To kill someone if they offended you. This is called crime of “honor killing.” And why your blasphemy laws are applicable to non muslims
    Should chrstians in USA start killing muslim cause we are doing blasphemy by not calling jesus son of god and saying muhammad is the prophet. Kis qadar criminal mentality hai tum logoon ki. lanaat ho tum per.”
    - “hud ko civilized kehnay waalyu people when come across this situation abt u n ur family then one can see how civilized u bloody people are..,,,,,,and for ur kind information Mr Black castle it was not a rumour,,he admitted on TV k yes Risalat Rasool is a Kalaa KAnoon…. , only thing is Ur actionz, ur words, ur life are not according to Beloved Nabi kareem.thats y u can not feel any attachment to Him….U r equal to Kaffar who support Kafir and do not understand the sensitivity of this issue,..Dosro ko Lanti kehny waalo pai ye laanat khd hi ja perti hy,,n aokay comment say one can guess How Much CIVILIZED are u….”
    - “v have our religious sentiments n deres no reason any 1 violates it..!!!v dnt disrespect any religion den y our religion is made exception..!!!Respected Pope Benedict could notice this damn discrimination n gave his opinion y not on Dr Afia????y not on da US soldiers who have used our holy book as toilet tissue???
    datx dual standards…!!!first we were fightin against religious extremists n now da worst danger..!!these fascists ov liberty like salman taseer..!!!if ur a secular dnt thrust it on other’s opinions..!!!
    what so ever dat law is its a part ov da constitution n taseer humiliated our constitution which simply means he was a rebel 2 it..!!!
    n i think u kno wel whats da punishment in this case..!!!”
    - “I live in the States and am a practicing muslim, I pray , I fast, and I fear Allah. Should the Americans take revenge on my family for 9/11 ?
    We have to get away from concepts of revenge and collective guilt, eg Mr Salman Taseer imurder is not payback for the variouse legitimate complaints Pakistan and Muslims have against the West.
    When you read the Qura’an in translation , it constantly asks us believers to use our reason and work towards Adle.The concept of Eye for an eye is biblical NOT Qura’anic, hence the constant reminder from Allah to know our limits.Pope Benedict , or any of these christian leaders are not our standard, our standards should be our Prophet who succeeded at yet forgave, like Salah Uddin Ayubi who Conquerd Jerusalem and was merciful. No muslim should send Laanat on any one, it means to be away from Allah’s mercy, a punishmen unbearable.”
    - “I will not adresee you anymore cause it is clear as a day what you IQ is. Low IQ is combined wirh wrong upbringing. Your parents obviously did a horrble job giving you a civic sense. well I imagine it is hard giving something to kids when parents dont have it themselves. several generations of jaheleen.
    please dont flatter yourslef. Dont get carried away by my name. I am a hardcore punjabi and a muslmaan and live in Pakistan. No american has a time to address you personally. So keep your inferiority complex in check. Also Aafia siddiquie was a criminal who selfishly risked her children as well. What was she doing in Afghanistan. Did her boyfriend live there? She was playing with fire and she got what she deserved.
    Your constitution is flawed the amendements made in constitution in 1973 was a big mistake as the then ruling PPP willingly gave Pakistan in ransom to moulvee mafia. From this mistake there is no turning bag. The large majority of Pakistan which is sunni has from that time onwards has been on a road to become a radical wahabee/salafi caricature of saudiararabia and egypt. The nations who are not willing to change will disappear from the face of this earth as promised in quran. It is a civil war in pakistan between wahabee extremism and moderate muslims. If wahabism wins Pakistan will be a colony and a sister state of Afghanistan.
    The molvee mafia in Pakistan is becoming bolder every day. The open threats that extremist people are giving on ATP forum is a rude awakening to moderates in Pakistan that how far the disease has spread.
    In Bosnia war, the orthodox church used past religious myths as an excuse to unleash barbaric mountain dwelling serbs on bosnians and croatians and results was a genocide worse than a holocaust. History is repeating it self in Pakistan. Moulvee mafia is unleashing ignorant punjabi paindoos and pukhtooni crackpots and karachi crazies on masses to brutally revenge moderates. These moulvess are openly misquoting verses of quran on national TV. No lazy pakistani goes and open to read the quran. If they do so, they will be shocked to see how these moulvess are lying about blasphemy laws. Like orthodox serbian church, moulvee mafia is blood thirsty for power. It is ready to grab power even if they have to trample over the grave of my dear prophet. Go read your history, the umaayid ancestors of these moulvess have in the past decerated musjid-e nabvi and khana kaba by trampling it under their horses and making their horses defecate in holy places.
    Pakistan is under seige and hostage of moulvee mafia. This mafia has infilterated higher ranks of army as well as secrtet services and is totally out of control of ruling government. PML-N is an open supportre of terrorists as well.”
    - “what a lecture you gave man I proud of you girl like zanib have lizard brain I hope you understand what I’m saying. Nation like Pakistan will never ever understand you & me it’s all about lack of education that destroyed since 1978 since then the whole generation has been change so Ben what ever you like to say or write them those idiot never agree with you those idiot are generation of brain wash the only things they know Allah this Allah will Allah take care but no goddam ACTION. So please don’t waste time.
    Thanks. Long live Pakistan”
    - “every religion either christians, hindu, sikh, budhasim etc have laws for their religion, muslims never disrespect their laws…u r right we do not do this action n expect the same…then how can we allow every one to come n disrespect our religion n our beloved Perophet….
    Ben u r simply sick who is regarding other as suffering from Inferiority Complex n poor up bringing….i also dnt want to talk vd such a mentally sick person who have such a fragile self esteem and “I am high, I am high” like attitude as u have….there is a freedom of speech untill n unless it does not clash vd our religious values ,,so kindly stay in ur limits while u dnt have the right n being a civilized person u shud’nt have..”

  240. Qurban Ali says:
    January 8th, 2011 8:11 pm

    On one hand it does not matter who they make governor to replace Taseer, but the symbolism will be important to send the nation a message about what the government’s real reaction to his murder is?

  241. banjara286 says:
    January 8th, 2011 9:33 pm

    asma would be a great – but very unlikely – choice; both the pppp as well as the sharifs would not want her in there. i also seriously doubt that she will accept.

  242. January 9th, 2011 12:04 am

    More comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “If this Qadri person who shot Salamn Taseer in cold blood thinks that he will be going to heaven for this act, then let our judicial system arrange his earliest meeting with the Almighty so that he could assess for himself on whether he is going to the hoors in heaven or going to eternally rot and burn in hell by killing a defenseless man!!”
    - “do you know how many people in Pakistan have been hanged because of the Blasphemy Law?………………..ZERO!!! Aasia Bibi would have been pardoned and the case dismissed by the same Shariah Court because of lack of beyond-a-doubt evidence had the late Salman Taseer chosen not to turn it into a political circus!! Lesson from this sad episode is that discretion is key for folks under a political magnifier!”
    - “i do not understand she was given a death sentence so how would she have been pardoned without intervention?
    that woman is begging all lovers of rasul to be forgiven, the scared minority woman (weakest of weaks) is asking guardians of islam to forgive her in the name of rehmut-ul-alameen. But they say no mercy will we offer and no pardon shall come.
    Think about how scared and lonely this woman is in the land of pures. Only man protecting is dead.”
    - “The christian women has the right to appeal the decision and that process is where upper courts review the decision and consider evidence not sufficient enough to convict thereby overturning the lower courts decision. Like Mr. Iftikhar has pointed out above, the long drawn process of justice ensures that it is delivered in such cases. And you are typically WRONG (perhaps you are also a victim of the twisted perception created deliberately by the vested media) to assume that this Christian women is all ALONE and the land of the pure is filled with hungry wolves!! The women is first a Pakistani so she has the same rights in the judicial system like many others going through it for other reasons”
    - “I am scared.”
    - “These wrascles are soon going to be exposed. When the government is going to uncover BB murder plot, whole story will start to unwind. Just sit back n relax, they will be brought to justice inshallah.”
    - “The rate Islamist groups are rising, a religious party could be ruling the country in 10 to 15 years. That’s the prediction.”
    - “Will they not then ponder on the Qur’an? If it had been from other than Allah they would have found therein much incongruity.”

  243. Majid says:
    January 9th, 2011 4:34 am
  244. Meengla says:
    January 9th, 2011 5:49 am

    Candle Light Vigil by the brave people of Lahore:

  245. Kamran says:
    January 9th, 2011 8:53 am

    Tribute to Salman Taseer Shaheed

  246. Adnan says:
    January 9th, 2011 12:30 pm

    I don’t get it. Why Salman Taseerm the promote of secular, is being labeled as Shaheed? Shaheed is quite an Islamic term. Are you guys not going to give him pain by declaring him Shaheed? I smell hypocrisy here.

    On other hand, right wing leftists continue to get exposed. People who were not in favoring of ban of Facebook page against Muhammad(Saw) are now asking “religiously” to ban the domain and reporting his facebook page to FB admin. Now where’s the freedom of speech which these fanatics were preaching at the time of Facebook controversy? Actually it just expose the nifaq in their hearts, their priorities, offcourse Muhammad(saw) was never their priority.

  247. Saeed says:
    January 9th, 2011 11:43 pm

    I hope the new governor will not surrender before these religious fanatics.

  248. zeeej says:
    January 10th, 2011 1:04 am

    The killing of Salman Taseer is the most horrid publicity we could get as a new year gift(thanks to Qadri) .Pakistanis are already so well known all over the world for their terrorist factories(madressas)
    and religious extremism.Not only extremism but all sorts of other wrong things that u can think of are somehow connected to us internationally e.g look at our great cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, then we have MR Faisal Shahzad a Pakistani American who attempted the May 1, 2010, Times Square car bombing.The latest is Abid Mohammed Saddique and Mohammed Romaan Liaqat from England ,the pair led a group of men who befriended girls aged from 12 to 18 in the Derby area and groomed them for sex. The governors killing is another stripe for us .Great work Pakistanis .MR JINNAH is soooooooooo proooooud of us.

  249. Majid says:
    January 10th, 2011 7:24 am

    کاش انہیں ضیا مل جائے !
    وسعت اللہ خان

    سوال یہ ہے کہ اگر پاکستان میں اکتیس برس سے نافذ توہینِ مذہب کا قانونی مسودہ واقعی الہامی حیثیت رکھتا ہے تو پھر سعودی عرب اور ایران سمیت دنیا کا کوئی اور مسلمان ملک اب تک اسے اپنا ماڈل نا بنا کر اسکے فیوض و برکات سے کیوں محروم ہے۔

    تو کیا پاکستان کے علاوہ باقی مسلمان ممالک اور حکومتوں کا عقیدہ کمزور یا گمراہ ہے یا وہ اسلام کی اس تشریح کو سمجھنے سے قاصر ہیں جسے پاکستانی مسلمانوں کا ایک طبقہ درست سمجھتا ہے۔

    پاکستان میں دنیا کی کل مسلمان آبادی کا صرف گیارہ فیصد بستا ہے۔اس گیارہ فیصد میں ایسے کیا سرخاب کے پر لگے ہیں جو انڈونیشیا ، بنگلہ دیش اور نائجیریا کو بھی نصیب نہیں۔ حلانکہ ان تین ممالک میں مجموعی طور پر ساڑھے باون کروڑ مسلمان رہ رہے ہیں۔

    کاش انہیں بھی کوئی ضیا نصیب ہو جائے ۔کاش ان کی بھی زندگی اور آخرت سنور جائے ۔۔

  250. Aliya Iftikhar says:
    January 10th, 2011 10:20 am

    I just went through all these pages of comments. I am glad that most Pakistanis are still sane. But the venom and anger and violence of the ones who are not truly scares me. You, Prof. Najam, are a brave man to stand up to these threats and keep speaking the truth. Please take care of yourself, Sir. Pakistan needs you.

  251. Junaid says:
    January 10th, 2011 6:44 pm

    agar law mein koi problem tha tu is ka mutlib yay nehi tha kay khud judge ban kar us larki ko mazloom qarar day dia us say agay high court thee wahan jaytay case lartay na kay khud faisla suna dia khud governor ho kar apni adalat per unko itmad na yah phr taqat ka nasha yah phr is ko be political statement samaj kar buk dia ab tu yay he hona tha kay koi aishq khud apni adalat laga kar faisla day dayta or hoa be yay

    yay seeda saada sucide case hai taseer sahab khud apni moat kay zamaydar hain

  252. Jay says:
    January 11th, 2011 6:05 am

    For a long time I defended problems in Pakistan in my circle of friends and relatives and attributed them to poverty.
    But this was an eye opener. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

    I have never felt so low about being a Pakistani than this.

    I felt deeply sad by the murder and disgusted by some of the comments here that not only justified this murder but threatened those who expressed any sorrow over this.

    IF the extremist are really a minority in Pakistan, then why they do they commit these hate crimes and get away with it?

    I have no doubt that Qadri would get away with this and set an example for anyone else who dares speak against these bigots.

    IF death is really the punishment in Islam for people who convert from Islam, then how are we going to preach, attract and bring others to Islam?

    The country is not fine, it is under extreme distress and economy is near collapse. Poor are poorer and middle class is disappearing fast.

  253. nadir hasan says:
    January 11th, 2011 7:50 am

    Sane people like Salman Taseer should have left Pakistan years ago and lived happily abroad.

    We had 10 years of Zia Ul Haq who completely ruined the country’s future……. no one complained, in fact most think of that time as ‘wonderful’……!

    Nawaz Sharif attacked the Supreme Court and amassed massive fortunes by corruption in collusion with the Establishment (Army)……he is a hero today…!

    The Chaudries of Gujrat were foremost in making a quick buck……and did…….. have they been prosecuted?

    So many others have ‘taken the money and run’ off…….. who cares………!

    No one dares to speak their mind or be truthful about the dark days ahead for Pakistan…….. they are all busy blaming Zaradari – who is no worse than any of the above.

    The state of the nation is what it is because of the distorted state of the national mind-set.

    By the way, anyone who leaves Pakistan, better think very carefully about the new life they are going to lead in the West. In the US/UK/EU general populace now almost hates Pakistanis and moslems and it will take very little more trouble from this group to turn the tide, i.e. ‘forced’ deportations and internment of this community. It happened to the Japanese in the Second World War…….. I am not saying that this is good……… simply stating the facts on the ground.

    If moslems want to live the way they do in Pakistan etc…….they had better STAY AT HOME and lock the doors shut….because the rest of the world (West, China, Africa, South Asia, South America etc) does not give a damn!!!!!!!!!!!

    ‘nuff said!

  254. ASWIN says:
    January 11th, 2011 2:30 pm

    to nusrat , January 5th, 2011 6:10 am

    i am an indian and i truly support for a stable and prosperous Pakistan . I want all you Pakistanis to wake up and fight against these kind of atrocities

  255. Meengla says:
    January 11th, 2011 10:22 pm

    While Pakistanis with means may be able to escape to other countries there are not many options for millions of others who are poor.
    May be (half-jokingly), I propose: Establish a new city along the coast between Karachi and Gwadar–make it a good distance from Karachi. There, provide an internal ‘political asylum’ to those Pakistanis of religious minority and of liberal outlook to start building it.
    Create a strict control of people–thoroughly filter out the religious fanatics–into the new city. Despite lack of water and other resources people can build a thriving community using reason, commerce and the sea.
    If only we can dream again…

  256. Asif Ali says:
    January 12th, 2011 12:45 am

    their is buzz in Pakistan that Bibi has refused to see Governor sahib in”aglay jahan” apparently she angry with late governor sahib for not bring zardari with him.

  257. Tarus says:
    January 12th, 2011 12:59 am

    ”Deadly intolerance” Yes it was deadly tolerances on part of Salman Taseer. The case of Asia Bibi was tried in a lower court of law. If he wanted to help her then he should have advised the party to go to higher courts. The law provides this option. Instead he started blaming the law, to gain cheap popularity and to please his masters in the west. What exactly do you mean by tolerance in blasphemy case? I ask you Adil Najam. Does it mean that anyone can get up and say anything to tarnish the image of our Holy Prophet and we Muslim should tolerate it. Why after all such a situation arise that someone should utter such words or make such remarks which hurt the feelings of Muslims. Can’t those individuals show some tolerance.

  258. Adnan Ahmad says:
    January 12th, 2011 2:45 am

    My mind is still numb from what has happened but I couldn’t resist commenting on Meengla’s last comment. Meengla, you could find a metaphorical answer to your dream in Ghulam Abbas’ great short story “Annandi” (considered by many to be the greatest short story or afsaana ever written in Urdu). Here is a link to its translation in English I found with my first hit on google:

  259. readinglord says:
    January 12th, 2011 8:45 pm

    It is not intolerance but the fact that so called muslims have started worshiping the killer cult of Kali Devi in the garb of Mohammadan Islam tarnishing the name of the Prophet, Rehmatulaalimin, as Allama Iqbal had prophetically said in a couplet of his:

    کسے خبر تھی کہ لے کر چراغے مصطفوی
    جہاں میں آگ لگاتی پھرے گی بولہبی

  260. Meengla says:
    January 12th, 2011 9:31 pm

    @Adnan Ahmad,
    Thanks for sharing the translation of ‘Anandi’. What a brilliant imagination in that short novel. In a mere 16 pages there is a jigsaw puzzle being assembled leading to the creation of a large city (250,000) in a mere two decades out of a wilderness, only to be back to square one.

    Usually, to me at least, translations from Urdu to English loses something essential but here it is a captivating translation and how prophetic, sadly, even if there is a new city of ‘political asylum’ were to be built inside Pakistan.

  261. Shabnam says:
    January 13th, 2011 1:22 am

    The sad part is that the liberals are without a strategy and the extremists are moving on their agenda of violence. In fact, some liberal groups are also now responding with strategies of violence and claiming a stone for a stone. But if you if you become like them to counter then, then, yes, YOU BECOME LIKE THEM.

  262. Majid says:
    January 13th, 2011 3:16 am
  263. Amjad says:
    January 14th, 2011 5:26 am

    Brave molvi threatens Shehrbano aged 21

    Another Gazi in the making.

  264. Adnan says:
    January 14th, 2011 9:36 am

    Those who have been suffering from Zia phobia and have never read the law itself should read this article and come out of ignorance.

  265. Naveed abbas says:
    January 14th, 2011 12:11 pm

    Rehmat e Syed e Loolaak pe Kamil Yaqeen
    Ummat e Syed e Loolaak say khof ataa hai

  266. Bangash says:
    January 14th, 2011 11:25 pm


    You are again falsely accusing Salman Taseer of insulting the Prophet, which he never did. The blasphemy law is man-made and can be challenged, amended or repealed. Taseer was in favor of amending the law.

    So keep your emotions in check and don’t hurl false allegations on Taseer.

  267. Dr. Kamran Asim says:
    January 15th, 2011 10:36 pm

    These have been horrendous days for Pakistan. But I do note a change in the media where at least some have been jolted enough by this to begin asking right questions about hatred in society.

  268. Majid says:
    January 16th, 2011 3:19 am

    Blasphemy in Pakistan: Moderation is now a capital offense

  269. bilal says:
    January 16th, 2011 6:47 pm

    salman taseer mardood deserve this. blasphemy law is not man-made, it is order of quran and sunnah. in this government there is no institute doing accountability, specially for political persons therefore it was the reaction from the nation, each pakistani is happy to ghazi mumtaz qadri

  270. Aamir Ali says:
    January 16th, 2011 6:56 pm


    Mumtaz Qadri is a coward and a murderer. Only Pakistanis who lack morals and thinking are happy with murder of innocent Salman Taseer, who was rightfully opposing man-made law that is part of man-made Constititution of man-made Pakistan.

  271. January 16th, 2011 10:32 pm

    Our society is suffering from too many VIPs. Prophet Muhammad repeatedly wrote in Quran against adopting masters besides God. It is shame in the first place that we have built a shrine on his presumed tomb and people worship him and pay pilgrimage to his tomb in Medina as if he was just another demon-prophet like Shehbaz Qalandar! We have had enough Wahhabism and intolerance in Pakistan. Thanks.

  272. Mohammad Arif Qadri says:
    January 16th, 2011 10:50 pm

    This was a tragic loss and its reaction was horrendous, but if this turns into the moment when people woke up to the grave challenge and started working towards really rooting out the evil of mullah extremism, then it may have some purpose to it.

  273. Majid says:
    January 16th, 2011 11:35 pm

    Interesting perspective;

    Crazier things have happened…

    There is a theory doing the rounds in Pakistan, and call it a conspiracy theory if you will, that the outpouring of love and affection across Pakistan for Governor Taseer’s killer was anything but spontaneous. It argues that the entire episode was a carefully orchestrated response by Pakistan’s all-powerful security apparatus to suspected US plans of escalating its war on Pakistani soil in 2011.

    The idea is that the only thing that can stop the Americans from using their troops on Pakistani soil, or extending their drone strikes to cities such as Quetta, is a massive assertion of extreme religious opinion in the country’s major urban centres, which would create an illusion that Pakistan was tipping over. In essence, the plan is no different from the one that led to the sudden emergence of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, the most successful religious alliance in the country’s history, that swept to power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the 2002 elections.

  274. January 17th, 2011 4:23 am

    “Tribute to Shaheed Salman Taseer” by PvTV Los Angeles

  275. Nihari says:
    January 17th, 2011 9:08 pm

    Finally the magnmous Justice Iftekhar Choudry (Fateh Supreme Court II, NS being the first) take sumoto action

  276. FE says:
    January 18th, 2011 4:55 am

    Salman Taseer saw it coming but was not intelligent enough to not refer to blasphemy law as “kaala kanoon” in a country full of inhabitants for whom the law transcends into sacredness. Regardless of the morality of Qadri’s actions, which can be argued for from biological evolutionary perspective as well as from the perspective of subject morality, it seems, Taseer made himself vulnerable in a world where only the fit survives. Even a chameleon changes its color to enhance its survival from becoming a meal of its predators.

  277. Akram says:
    January 18th, 2011 6:44 am


    Salman Taseer saw it coming but was not intelligent enough to not refer to blasphemy law as “kaala kanoon” in a country full of inhabitants for whom the law transcends into sacredness.

    What you call being intelligent is hypocrisy which is more suited to your favourite maulanas and politicians and not Salman Taseer. Taseer said what he meant and meant what he said like any upstanding person. Normally people like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela who stand against apartheid and sometimes die in the cause are considered heroes and not blamed for their courage. Obviously not your cup of tea but no fault of Taseer’s. Any surprise you remain part of a backward nation?

    Regardless of the morality of Qadri’s actions, which can be argued for from biological evolutionary perspective as well as from the perspective of subject morality, it seems,

    Actually the explanation is much simpler, its incitement to Taseer’s murder by the maulanas as admitted by Qadri himself.

    As soon as Maulanas are out this problem would be solved.

    Taseer made himself vulnerable in a world where only the fit survives. Even a chameleon changes its color to enhance its survival from becoming a meal of its predators.

    Fit as in being a hypocrite. That is why Salman Taseer was no Maulana Fazlul Rehman, I think everyone can agree to that.

  278. Adnan says:
    January 18th, 2011 11:28 am

    Rehmat e Syed e Loolaak pe Kamil Yaqeen
    Ummat e Syed e Loolaak say khof ataa hai

    Correcr yourself Naveed, Those who quote this shair again and again have more Kamil Yaqeen on US than the Prophet(saw)

  279. HarOON says:
    January 19th, 2011 11:38 am

    Worth reading. A personal testimony by Javed Jabbar.

    VIEW: Salmaan Taseer: a remembrance, a reflection
    —Javed Jabbar
    Daily Times Lahore | Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    About 38 years later, and exactly 24 hours after he was gunned down, I went to the site of his death to join a civil society rally in Islamabad convened to honour his memory. The spot still stained by his blood was like a piece of mother earth frozen by the horror of what ignorant hate can do to sacred life, writes Javed Jabbar. The writer is a former Senator and federal minister.

    In Salmaan Taseer’s brutal assassination, Pakistan has lost an exceptional public figure who possessed a modernist intellect, bold candour, physical courage, professional acumen, entrepreneurial capacity and political grit. Though occasionally he was a difficult person to relate to, he was always a refreshingly distinct, inimitable individual.

    I knew him as a personal friend, a family friend, a neighbour in Karachi (1969-1971), a professional consultant and a political colleague. Some or all aspects of this multi-dimensional relationship spanned over 40 years even as the ties intensified or weakened. When I was critically ill in January 1972, and doctors apprehended that a blood transfusion may be needed urgently, it was Salmaan who was most forthcoming amongst my friends and instantly donated 500 cc of his blood. Though eventually the transfusion was not required as I miraculously recovered, Salmaan’s selfless gesture and his blood helped other persons in urgent need to recover their normal health. That spontaneous, unforgettable act by Salmaan symbolised his generosity and compassion.

    About 38 years later, and exactly 24 hours after he was gunned down, I went to the site of his death to join a civil society rally in Islamabad convened to honour his memory. The spot still stained by his blood was like a piece of mother earth frozen by the horror of what ignorant hate can do to sacred life.

    My last sustained interaction with Salmaan was unusually cool and intense. He had only recently become a minister in the caretaker cabinet appointed by President Musharraf in the last quarter of 2007. An emergency was imposed and the constitution held in abeyance. We met at a large mehndi celebration. We drew aside for about 20 minutes of a one-to-one encounter. It was also, for the most part, a one-sided harangue from me, lecturing him on the demerits of endorsing a gross violation of the constitution because of President Musharraf’s action in the capacity of a simultaneously serving chief of army staff (COAS). I knew there was only a limited right to sermonise because eight years earlier, I myself had joined General Musharraf’s cabinet upon his unconstitutional seizure of power. But to his credit, and most unusual for an irrepressible person like Salmaan, he heard me out in virtual silence, attempting only one or two mild responses. He both surprised and encouraged me into thinking that perhaps, at heart, he agreed with all or some of my hectoring.

    In the 1970 elections, the first ever polls in the country’s history, we had the privilege of working together as supporters of a new party called the PPP. With other mutual friends like his professional partner, the respected chartered accountant Khurshid Hadi and budding lawyer, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, later to become a chief minister of Sindh and Speaker of the Sindh Assembly, we went door-to-door in PECHS and other localities to canvass support for Kamal Azfar, PPP candidate for the National Assembly. Despite our candidate’s defeat, the political baptism that occurred in the historic election proved to be a binding element for our lives.

    A few years later, on more than one occasion, he wanted me to open an office of my advertising agency in Dubai where he was already on his way to making millions. I declined but remained enthused about his political interests. His highly readable book, Bhutto: A Political Biography, released within months of the leader’s execution, aptly attempted to capture the subject’s paradoxes. Perhaps reflecting the inherent candour that characterised Salmaan’s personality, parts of that book did not please Benazir Bhutto.

    Written shortly after Mr Bhutto’s callous execution, in the book’s preface, Salmaan praised the positive contributions the leader made. But he also bluntly referred to Z A Bhutto’s negative, self-destructive tendencies. For example, in chapter 16 titled ‘The Bhutto conundrum’, Salmaan wrote: “…he hated criticism with violent intemperance, and could be ruthless with those who voiced it…Bhutto saw enemies where none existed…he treated his political opponents as dangerous subversives, and succeeded in making them so…he weakened the judiciary, the industrial community, the bureaucracy and in the end, even his own party. He could not bear equals and ensured that even within the PPP, an alternative leadership never emerged.”

    Such views notwithstanding, Salmaan also opposed the tyranny of General Ziaul Haq and martial law. With exceptional courage and fortitude he suffered torture and solitary confinement in the dungeons of the Lahore Fort.

    During his days of being politically persecuted, soon after my election to the Senate in March 1985, he addressed a detailed, hand-written letter that helped me move appeals and motions, both outside and inside the Senate demanding justice for political prisoners. Our political paths converged again after the polls in November 1988. He soon became leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly and withstood the Sharif brothers’ wrath while I became the first member of the Senate to formally join the PPP at Benazir’s invitation and then joined her first federal cabinet as Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.

    In the 1990s, in our own respective ways, we drifted apart from the PPP leadership. He retained an ambivalent relationship while I formally resigned in mid-1996 during BB’s second term of government as the misuse of executive power and the digression from the party’s original mission had become unacceptable.

    Salmaan did not die in vain. His tragic loss poses major new challenges to politics and civil society in Pakistan, a subject that requires separate attention shortly.

  280. Aqib Mumtaz says:
    January 24th, 2011 11:17 am
  281. Ahmad Qasim says:
    January 26th, 2011 7:13 pm

    This murder can change Pakistan’s history. In a good way or a bad way. That we do not know yet.

  282. Musalman says:
    January 31st, 2011 10:08 am

    I compare the reaction of Governor Taseer’s willful murder and the topi drama now playing out in Lahore. And I cry!

  283. Yaseen says:
    February 24th, 2011 11:03 am

    His murder will always be a blot of shame on all of us.

  284. grassroots1 says:
    March 31st, 2011 6:43 am

    Unfortunate that we cannot tolerate difference of opinion,

    It was not the job of the killer to correct the honorable Governor,Silence him or take his life.
    In free societies this type of behavior of the killer should be dealt with the existing laws.

  285. hamid says:
    July 7th, 2011 10:35 pm

    Good work by mumtaz qadri i think salman taseer is bad luck person on the earth whose last pray is perform by his own party mulla because not a single one sect mulla give pray so he deserve it .the respect of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is more for any thing and Mr Taseer now in hell drink urine just like he drink wine.

  286. July 9th, 2011 3:30 am

    its a said news to here don’t know who is right who is wrong

  287. kamy rahman says:
    July 21st, 2011 3:49 am

    I am embarrassed to be pakistani where murdering of a political figure is appreciated in the name of God. What are we defending islam that preaches its OK to kill any one who says bad about our religion, where is the tolerance and forgiveness. If prophet Mohammed PBUH was alive we would have condoned such brutal daylight killing in his name

  288. Alpha Prime says:
    July 22nd, 2011 4:14 am

    Whether it happened because of the fanaticism of the stubborn Mullahs or a spiritual religious calling to a justified action …one thing is for certain…people wanted the scottish drinking liberal out of the picture.
    I being a resident of Karachi, a student of engineering living in a poor area found out the news while eating daal roti at a dhabba, and let me tell you…when the headlines went on channel to channel like wild fire, the public was both ecstatic and excited…not because of some daari walla went trigger happy, but because of a bureaucratic rich man went down and in the process tensed every political figure of the state for their life.
    The after shocks of Taseer’s death whether for the best or worse have become a part of this nations history!

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