Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Remembering Salman Taseer

We all know by now that we have lost someone who had the courage to stand up against the wrong and who knew how to fight for what was right. Sadly, he was mercilessly killed on just another busy day and left us all to understand how hopeless a nation we have become. Our condolences are with his family.

His friends said, he did know that he was risking his life by speaking out loud about blasphemy law.

He wrote on Twitter on 31st Dec, "I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b4 rightist pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I'm the last man standing."

Asked earlier that month by the BBC Urdu Service about fatwas, or religious decrees, issued against him in Pakistan, he criticised the "illiterate" clerics responsible.

"They issued fatwas against Benazir [Bhutto] and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto [her father, an executed former president], and even the founder of the nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. I do not care about them," he added.


Yes, it is so inhuman, but there is actually a group that is happy about what has happened because they took it all as a fight for safeguarding religion.

Before this day, I never really searched about him and was quite baffled to see that people have created pages against him and his family calling them as corrupt and wild if they openly showed they were cool about partying, drinking, fun. In a country where almost everything happens, it is so hypocritical to complain about such things and to target people based on these elements.


According the sources, the FIR was lodged under clause 302 and anti-terrorism act clause 7 with Taseer’s son Shehryar Taseer as claimant.

It should be noted here that Taseer’s family yesterday denied filing the report saying they will do the same after holding family consultations.

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