Este vorba de guvernatorul care a aparat-o in mod public pe Asia Bibi, o crestina condamnata pe nedrept la moarte pe baza legii ce pedepseste blasfemia impotriva profetului Mohamed, lege care se afla inca in vigoare in Pakistan, stat eminamente islamic. De asemenea, a cerut abrogarea sau macar modificarea acestei legi, numind-o „legea neagra”, fiind de fapt o lege folosita deseori in scop personal de catre musulmani pentru a scapa de crestini. Din aceasta cauza a fost asasinat de catre garda sa de corp, care a tras in el 26 de gloante in zona pieptului si a gatului, spunand ca Salman Taseer este un blasfemiator al profetului Mohamed si ca aceasta este pedeapsa pe care o merita blasfemiatorii. Cu o luna in urma au fost emise cateva decrete religioase (fatwa) care proclamau osandirea la moarte a lui Salman Taseer. Despre acestea el a spus ca sunt doar creatiile unor clerici musulmani analfabeti si ca nu-i pasa de ele. Despre cazul persecutiei crestinei Asia Bibi din Pakistan, precum si despre legea blasfemiei puteti citi in postarea publicata de mine la sfarsitul lunii noiembrie 2010: Asia Bibi’s case in Pakistan: Blasphemy Law will be repealed? (eng & rom) – dan.camen.
Guvernatorul unei provincii pakistaneze, ucis pentru că se opunea legii ce pedepseşte blasfemia
Mediafax/ 4 ianaurie 2011
Guvernatorul provinciei pakistaneze Pendjab, Salman Taseer, a fost ucis marţi de una din gărzile sale de corp, deoarece se opunea legii care pedepseşte blasfemia, lege susţinută de numeroase partide şi organizaţii conservatoare, a anunţat Ministerul de Interne.
Asasinul este un membru al gărzii sale de corp, a declarat ministrul de Interne Rehman Malik.
„El a afirmat că l-a ucis el însuşi pe guvernator deoarece criticase legea privind blasfemia. Şi-a mărturisit crima şi a predat arma la poliţie după atac”, a adăugat el.
Salman Taseer, considerat drept o voce moderată în Partidul Poporului Pakistanez (PPP), al preşedintelui Asif Ali Zardari şi premierului Yusuf Raza Gilani, a fost ucis marţi în urma unui atac în apropierea domiciliului său din Islamabad, a anunţat poliţia.
Gilani a condamnat imediat atacul, într-un comunicat.
Atacul a avut loc într-un cartier central din capitală, în apropiere de piaţa Kohsar, foarte frecventată de pakistanezii bogaţi şi de străini, şi de domiciliul guvernatorului din Islamabad.
„Da, a murit”, a anunţat un oficial din cadrul poliţiei, Liaquat Ali Niazi referindu-se la Salman Taseer. Potrivit şefului administraţiei capitalei, Amir Ahmad Ali, Taseer a murit la spital, după ce a fost rănit în atac.
Punjab Governor Salman Taseer assassinated in Islamabad
BBC/ 4 january 2011
The influential governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, Salman Taseer, has died after being shot by one of his bodyguards in the capital, Islamabad. Salman Taseer was repeatedly shot at close range with a sub-machine gun.
Mr Taseer, a senior member of the Pakistan People’s Party, was shot when getting into his car at a market.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the guard had told police that he killed Mr Taseer because of the governor’s opposition to Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Many were angered by his defence of a Christian woman sentenced to death.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani declared three days of national mourning and ordered flags lowered to half-mast. He also ordered an immediate inquiry into Mr Taseer’s killing and appealed for calm.
PPP supporters wept and shouted in anger as the governor’s coffin was put into an ambulance and driven away from a hospital in Islamabad.
Dozens took to the streets in Punjab’s capital, Lahore, burning tyres and blocking traffic. There were also protests in the central city of Multan.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the assassination, saying Mr Taseer’s death was „a great loss”.
„I had the opportunity to meet Governor Taseer in Pakistan and I admired his work to promote tolerance and the education of Pakistan’s future generations,” she said.
„The United States remains committed to helping the government and people of Pakistan as they persevere in their campaign to bring peace and stability to their country.”
It is the most high profile assassination in Pakistan since the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the PPP’s leader, in 2007.
‘Voice of courage’
Mr Taseer, 66, was shot repeatedly at close range by his Elite Force guard as he got into his car at the Kohsar Market, a shopping centre in Islamabad popular with Westerners and wealthy Pakistanis, Mr Malik said.
„The governor fell down and the man who fired at him threw down his gun and raised both hands„, Ali Imran, a witness, told Reuters news agency.
One doctor told the Associated Press that Mr Taseer was shot 26 times. The suspect was carrying a sub-machine gun.
Unconfirmed reports say up to five other people were also wounded when Mr Taseer’s other bodyguards opened fire following the attack.
It is believed Mr Taseer had been returning to his car after meeting a friend for lunch at a nearby restaurant. He had previously been to the presidential palace, the Senate and the interior ministry.
At a news conference, Mr. Malik said: „The police guard who killed him says he did this because Mr. Taseer recently defended the proposed amendments to the blasphemy law.
„This is what he told the police after surrendering himself. But we are investigating to find out whether it was his individual act or whether someone else was also behind it„, he added.
Mr Taseer made headlines recently by appealing for the pardon of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who had been sentenced to death for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Friends of the governor say he knew he was risking his life by speaking out.
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.
The interior minister later identified the murder suspect as Malik Mumtaz Hussein Qadri, who he said had escorted the governor from the city of Rawalpindi on Tuesday as he had done on five or six previous occasions.
Mr Qadri was 26 years old and from Barakhao, a town on the outskirts of Islamabad, he added. He was recruited as a police constable, and transferred to the Elite Force after commando training in 2008.
„Salman Taseer is a blasphemer and this is the punishment for a blasphemer„, Mr Qadri said in comments broadcast on Dunya television.
Mr Malik said Mr Taseer’s Elite Force security detail was provided by the Punjab government, and that its members had been thoroughly screened. However, they have all now been detained and are being questioned.
„He was a very good friend, a politician and a businessman. He was a national hero„, Rehman Malik added.
Human rights workers said Pakistan had been robbed of a rare voice of courage, who championed women’s rights and supported minorities.
The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Islamabad says Mr Taseer, a close associate of President Asif Ali Zardari, was one of Pakistan’s most important political figures and his death will further add to instability in the country.
The PPP-led government is facing a crisis that erupted after its junior coalition partner, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), quit on Sunday. Mr Taseer had said it would survive.
Shortly before Mr Taseer’s death, the opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had announced that it would not demand a vote of no confidence in Mr Gilani because to do so would exacerbate instability.