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Senate split over Fateha for Taseer

Senate split over Fateha for Taseer

ISLAMABAD – The Parliament split in two on Friday over offering Fateha for the assassinated Punjab governor, Salmaan Taseer. On Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar’s proposition, Senate Chairman Farooq Naek asked Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Senator Abdul Khaliq Pirzada to lead the prayer for the slain PPP leader, but he refused to do so.
Later, the rest of the parliamentarians were offering Fateha for Taseer, MPs from Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Fazl also silently walked out of the House. It

Qadri says he acted alone in killing Taseer

ISLAMABAD – The killer of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, Mumtaz Qadri, on Monday recorded his confessional statement before Police said Qadri before Magistrate Muhammad Ali Randhawa, saying he acted alone on his plan to kill Taseer. Qadri was later produced before ATC Judge Malik Akram Awan in Rawalpindi, who sent him on a 14-day judicial remand. Police said Qadri was produced before the magistrate under Section 164 as he wished to record his statement one day before his remand ended.

‘Taseer family should ask PPP about blasphemy bill withdrawal’

LAHORE – Slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s family should ask the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for what reasons the blasphemy law amendment bill submitted by MNA Sherry Rehman was withdrawn, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday. He was talking to journalists outside the Punjab Assembly (PA). He said that the Taseer family should ask the PPP that if it had to withdraw the bill why did it pump the governor to raise the party viewpoint on the blasphemy laws. “I appeal

300 light candles, chant slogans in memory of Taseer

LAHORE – Participants condemn JAC organised vigil outside Governor House against rising extremism
JAC urge citizens not to support any hate propaganda and campaign
Demands review of laws that incite violence and violate fundamental rights
Over 300 activists and citizens joined the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for People’s Rights in a vigil in front of the Governor’s House Main Gate on Friday demanding the government to take immediate and serious action for stopping

‘Taseer desecrated Islam’s basic spirit, was a blasphemer’

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD – According to the Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM), Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer desecrated the basic spirit of Islam and turned a blasphemer himself when he showed support for Asia Bibi and called the blasphemy law ‘a black law’.
A meeting of the TNRM, chaired by Allama Raza-e-Mustafa, on Wednesday said by virtue of that he succumbed to a true lover of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Dr Ashraf Asif Jalali, Pir Atherul Qadri and Mufti Haseeb were also

Top prayer leaders deny Taseer his rites

LAHORE – A controversy arose at Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s funeral prayer when reportedly the khateebs of Badshahi Mosque and Data Darbar Mosque, and the Imam of the Governor’s House mosque refused to lead the prayer on Wednesday.
The funeral prayer at the Governor’s House was scheduled for 1 pm but was delayed by almost an hour owing to the khateebs’ refusal to lead the last rituals.
As per the plan, the Badshahi Mosque khateeb had to lead the funeral prayer but at the

Vigil in memory of Taseer

ISLAMABAD – Civil society activists on Wednesday held a vigil in the memory of slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer at the place of his assassination in Kohsar Market, F-6 Sector in the capital.
A large number of civil society activists and workers of the Pakistan People’s Party gathered at the spot and lit candles.
The activists condemning the murder said that religious fanaticism had engulfed the country, which should be combated through state policies. They also called

Taseer met his fate: Munawar

LAHORE – Salman Taseer was responsible for what happened to him because he tried to obstruct the functioning of the blasphemy law, Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Syed Munawar Hasan said on Wednesday.
Taseer occupied a high government and yet he violated the blasphemy law by extending support to a woman convicted of blasphemy, he said, adding that he was going to seek the president’s clemency for her while the decision was still pending with the courts.
Taseer had ignored the

Taseer laid to rest with state honour

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was laid to rest at the Cavalry Ground graveyard with full state honour o Wednesday. A 25-member of the Punjab Police contingent presented salute to the martyred leader as his body was lowered into his last resting place.
Family members, close friends, admirers, federal and provincial ministers, a number of PPP office bearers, high ranking officials of the provincial government were present during the burial. Moving scenes were witnessed at

After Sherpao, Taseer second assassinated governor

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is the only political party of the country which has rendered sacrifices of its leaders and stalwarts for the cause of the nation.
PPP first chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is the first in row, who accepted gallows but did not bow to the dictator, while his daughter Benazir Bhutto was also assassinated by a suicide bomber.
Salmaan Taseer is the second governor of the party, who has been assassinated. Earlier, Hayat Mohammad Khan

UN, UK condemn assassination of Salmaan Taseer

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s assassination calling it a blow to the country. “The secretary general condemns the assassination today of the governor of Punjab province,” said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky.
Ban called the governor ‘a prominent leader’ whose death is a loss for Pakistan. British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Tuesday he was shocked by the assassination, adding that it was loss to the

Quran Khwani for Bhutto, Taseer

KARACHI – The PPP Karachi Division has announced that it has arranged a Quran Khuwani for PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, who was murdered in Islamabad on Tuesday, at the People’s Secretariat, Karachi on Wednesday.
It is pertinent to mention that January 5 is the birthday of ZA Bhutto.
Separately, PIA Managing Director Captain Muhammad Aijaz Haroon condemned the murder of Taseer. The PIA MD expressed his heartfelt condolence with the

Who will succeed Taseer?

ISLAMABAD – As President Asif Ali Zardari has already started the consultative process to seek a successor to slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, the question that has started to haunt many aggrieved PPP leaders is who can replace him?
All Punjab PPP leaders, including Jehangir Badr, Raja Riaz and Qasim are timid, and lack Taseer’s calibre and charisma. Moreover, they do not enjoy the level of trust of the PPP leadership as Taseer used to do. A PPP source, however, said Law

Taseer dared and died, govt should heed warning: TNRM

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s interference in the Aasia Bibi affair and his efforts to get the blasphemy laws repealed are the main reason for his murder, a press release issued by the Tahfuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) stated on Tuesday after an emergency meeting following after the assassination of the Punjab governor.
“We had warned the governor to stay away from such acts but he did not listen to us and now we are asking the government to stay away from

Pakistan mourns a moderate voice – Salmaan Taseer assassinated

ISLAMABAD – Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was shot dead by one of his own bodyguards in broad daylight in the federal capital on Tuesday. Taseer, 66, who was appointed the Punjab governor in 2008, was killed by Elite Force commando Mumtaz Qadri, who claimed in a police statement to have killed Taseer for calling the blasphemy laws “black laws”.
The brazen shooting came as Taseer was about to get into his car after enjoying a late lunch with his friend Waqas, who owns Best

Taseer was denied funds for bullet-proof vehicle

LAHORE – Late Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer had demanded a bullet proof vehicle from the Punjab government, but the summary was rejected by the Punjab chief minister over financial constraints, Pakistan Today has learnt. Taseer had sent a summary to the provincial government to release Rs 25 million for purchasing a Mercedes Benz.
The summary was sent to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on November 9, last year. However, the government rejected the requisition owing to the

Legal fraternity condemns Taseer assassination

LAHORE – The lawyers’ community condemned Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassination in strong words and expressed deep shock over increasing intolerance and religious extremism in society. People’s Lawyers Forum (PLF) Punjab strongly condemned the unfortunate assassination of Taseer and termed it a cowardly act by enemies of Pakistan and democracy.
PLF Senior Vice President Malik Nasir Awan and Additional General Secretary Rana Sufyan Arshad said that Taseer was a great