An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) awarded death penalty to Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri on Saturday, DawnNews reported. Mr Taseer was assassinated by his security guard and personnel of Punjab Elite Force, Mumtaz Qadri, on January 4, 2011 at Kohsar Market in Islamabad. “The court has awarded my client with death. The court announced the death sentence for him,” Shujaur Rehman, one of Qadri’s lawyers, told AFP by telephone. Judge Pervez Ali Shah announced the verdict at the court behind closed doors in the high-security Adiyala prison in Rawalpindi, the lawyer said. Dozens of people rallied outside the prison where the verdict was announced, chanting slogans in support of Qadri, an AFP photographer said. Qadri had earlier confessed in court that he had killed Punjab governor Salman Taseer for his ‘blasphemous’ statements. â€œThe court has awarded my client with death. The court announced the death sentence for him,â€ Shujaur Rehman, one of Qadri\’s lawyers, told AFP by telephone. via Qadri gets death sentence in Salman Taseerâ€™s murder.
By Asghar Ali Engineer (Secular Perspective January 16-31, 2011) Assassination of Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, Pakistan, has unleashed debate both among conservatives and liberals about justification or otherwise of the blasphemy law in Pakistan . It is totally surprising that the conservatives in Pakistan are demonstrating in favour of the assassin and not only that they are openly saying that those who condemn assassination can also be assassinated.
By Awaam Hot on the heels of Salman Taseer’s murder two further events have happened, although these have not caught the eye of the media as much. First a medical representative accused a doctor of blasphemy, when the doctor threw away his visiting card which had the word Muhammad as part of his name. And then, three days ago, another shocking news has come from Muzafargarh. This time a 45 year old Imam of a local mosque, who has recently performed his hajj and his 20 year old son were handed down life sentences on the charges of blasphemy.
By Samson Simon Sharaf Like most Pakistanis, I was stunned in disbelief to see the breaking news of the late Salman Taseer’s assassination; Not that I am a fan but rather, the direction in which Pakistan is headed. Like every citizen of this country who believes in Jinnah’s vision, I was disturbed and saddened by events that followed.
By Awaam Change and Freedom are the terms that dominate the socio political vocabulary in our times. Some may say that since the evolution of the human consciousness, these have been the most enchanting slogans. Either way, indisputably, these are considered to be the foundations of the process of progress and development for any society and any country. In fact this so well established and taken as granted, that we often forget and ignore why do we all want and crave for Change and fight for the Freedom? The answer to this question may vary in different times and spaces. But the fundamental answer remains the same. We want Change and Freedom for the betterment and well being of Humans and for peace among Humanity.
Nadeem F Paracha Punjab Governor, Salman Taseer, was assassinated yesterday (January 4) by one of his security guards. The guard, who soon gave himself up to the police, proudly claimed that he killed the late Governor because Taseer had described the controversial blasphemy law as a ‘black law.’ Shocked? Well, about time. Governor Taseer’s murder is just a symptom of the creeping tyranny of religious hatred and demented self-righteousness each and every Pakistani has been living under for a number of years now.
The depressing incident of the killing of the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, apparently for touheen-e-risalat, has increased the gravity of the issue of blasphemy which has already been a hot issue of debate in Pakistan for quite some time. This trend of events is a great threat to the meaning of Islam, Pakistan and the sacredness of human life. There is a dire need to stand up against the ignorance and tyranny by clearly addressing the issue that what is blasphemy and what does Islam says about it? And before everything the ‘Muslims’ must start learning what is Islam. Because there is no greater Touheen e Risaalat if you do not even know and understand what Islam is. Article by Dr Khalid Zaheer publshed in Daily Express on 2 January 2011. The author is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Central Punjab. The issue of Aasiya Bibi’s alleged blasphemy became one of the hottest topics for debate in 2010. At a very basic level, the question that everyone …