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Salmaan Taseer – A lover of arts and culture

Salmaan Taseer – A lover of arts and culture

LAHORE – Arts and culture being the least significant arena of interest for many politicians, Salman Taseer differed greatly. He took up a sustained effort to promote artists, especially from the youth, and encouraged women and young girls to step forward in their fields.
Last week, Taseer had showed his support for literature when he hosted a tea for an Indian writer and mystic, Muzaffar Ali. Even in the book launch, Taseer said that Islam was a religion of peace and tolerance,

Taseer: business tycoon, politician and writer

LAHORE – The 26th Governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, who belonged to a respectable and intellectual family, started his political career from platform of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He was the close aide of former PM Benazir Bhutto and close relative of renowned revolutionary poet and journalist Faiz Ahmed Faiz and politician Mian Yousaf Salahuddin. He was the son of Muhammad Din Taseer, popularly known as MD Taseer, who is the first PhD degree holder in the Indian

Protests erupt after Taseer assassination

LAHORE – Supporters of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) took to streets in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and other cities, burning tyres and blocking traffic in protest after the assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, private TV channels reported on Tuesday.
The protests broke out in the provincial capital of Punjab and the home town of the late Taseer, who was assassinated in Islamabad in an attack officials said was carried out by one of his bodyguards. The protesters

Mumtaz explains why he killed Taseer?

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD – Mumtaz Qadri who assassinated Punjab governor confessed that he killed Salmaan Taseer because he (the governor) committed what he said ‘blasphemy’ towards Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), a private TV channel reported on Tuesday.
A private Samaa television channel reported that the killer confessed his offence, saying Taseer was gustakh-e-rasool (disrespectful towards prophethood) and death was the ultimate punishment for the sacrilege.
Talking to

Nawaz’s turn for premiership to come in 2023: Taseer

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif’s turn for becoming prime minister will come in 2023, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said on Sunday.
He was talking to journalists at the Lahore Polo Club. Taseer said that Nawaz should show patience and wait for his turn until 2023 and predicted that the PML-N chief would not destabilise the federal government. He defended the federal government’s decision to increase fuel prices saying that it was necessary due to

PPP’s rule to continue till 2023: Taseer

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Salman Taseer on Friday said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will not only complete its existing tenure but will also successfully regain power till 2023, by winning general elections of 2013 and 2018 on the basis of serving people.
He was talking to the media at the cheques distribution ceremony of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) at the governor’s house. He distributed cheques of Rs 100,000 each to 140 selected women.
While lauding the

Taseer speaks out for minorities

LAHORE – The Pakistani flag denotes white colour for minorities and Islam also orders respect for their rights, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said this while addressing the Christian community.
Islam does not promote violence towards minorities rather it advocates the human rights, he said adding, that is why, he tried to help Asiya Bibi, after which he was made the subject of various fatwas.
He said those who were putting out fatwas were the same people who did the same

Taseer shocks twitter followers by calling CJP ‘Mogambo’

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s tweets have been making headlines for the papers but his latest status update on the social networking site has shocked the people who follow him on the twitter. His tweet was “CJP Iftikhar Chaudhary has expressed his pleasure at the PM honouring him by sacking both ministers …… Mogambo khush hae”. After the governor’s hide-and-seek games of last week, it seems he is now more interested towards social networking sites.
Yesterday he

Taseer shows up at exhibition quashing secret departure reports

LAHORE: Governor Salmaan Taseer attended Benazir Bhutto’s photo exhibition on Tuesday quashing media reports about his secret departure to Dubai along with his family. A private TV channel reported that Taseer had once again gone abroad without informing any government department and giving charge to the Punjab Assembly speaker. After the reports started raising speculations, journalists contacted the Governor’s House whose spokesman said that he was also unable to trace Taseer.

Resolution against Taseer for violating Constitution

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Sunday submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly’s Secretariat against Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer for leaving the country without notifying anybody in violation of Article 104 of the constitution.
The resolution, submitted by MPA Dr Zamurd Yasmeen Rana, stated that Taseer left the country without informing anybody, therefore leaving the governor’s seat vacant. The resolution requested the president to take stern notice of the

Ashiyana schema is just a money-spinning gimmick: Taseer

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Salman Taseer has said that the ‘Ashiyana’ Housing Scheme will prove to be another scam of the Punjab government. He said this while talking to journalists after the prize distribution ceremony of 27th Governor’s Golf Cup tournament here on Sunday Accusing the Punjab government of exploiting the poor masses, Taseer said Rs 900 was being ‘extorted’ from the needy in the name of “Ashiyana” scheme, which was tantamount to robbing people.
The Punjab governor

Taseer clarifies – I said blasphemy laws need review, not repeal

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has dispelled the impression that he called for the annulment of blasphemy laws and said he was misunderstood over the issue as he stressed only for the review of the law.
Speaking to the media, after attending Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s Punjab Assembly parliamentary party meeting, Taseer said that he took the mercy petition of Aasia Bibi, death convict in blasphemy case, to President Asif Ali Zardari and called for the review of the

Article 295-C is a man-made law and has been misused, says Salman Taseer

LAHORE: Nobody endorses blasphemy but Article 295-C is a man-made law and has been misused, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said on Saturday. He made these remarks while addressing the 146th Convocation of the Forman Christian College (FCC).
Taseer informed the audience that several people had warned him not to go to blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi’s city but he received great support from the people and now everybody had the courage to talk about the issue. The governor urged

Petition filed against Taseer for asking for Aasia’s pardon

LAHORE: A petition is filed before the Lahore High Court challenging the alleged move of Punjab governor to get blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi pardoned.
The petition filed by Chuadhry Shahid Iqbal Advocate asks the court to declare proceedings carried out by government of Punjab, the Governor of Punjab and the Federal Law Ministry to Aasia Bibi acquitted of the blasphemy charge be declared illegal and unlawful.
The petitioner represented by a seven member panel of lawyers said

Clerics declare Taseer worthy of death, oppose repeal of 295-C

LAHORE: Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) staged a protest to condemn an amendment in section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, claiming it is for the protection of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) honour on Wednesday.
A number of people participated in the protest. Participants upheld banners and placards and raised slogans against the government, especially targeting the Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, who had visited Aasia Bibi, sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, in

Taseer invites suo motu action by LHC

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has written an open letter to the chief justice of the Lahore High Court, inviting him to take suo motu action against the ‘conspirators’ in a alleged murder plot against the chief justice.
A tragedy could occur at the behest of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders in the upcoming month of Muharram, Governor Taseer alleged in a press conference at the Governor’s House.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Inquiry Commission

LCWU should send students for flood relief: Taseer

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer on Tuesday hailed the efforts of the students of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore and Taxila for helping the flood survivors of Hajipura and Nawabpura, and urged the Lahore College for Women’s University vice chancellor to also send her students to the flood-affected areas for rehabilitation work.
Addressing the 8th Convocation of the LCWU, Taseer said that during the floods, the whole nation showed unity and