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ATC records statement of Taseer’s cousin

RAWALPINDI – An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) hearing Salmaan Taseer murder case on Saturday recorded the statement of Salman Ghani, a cousin of the slain Punjab governor.
Salman had received Taseer’s body after postmortem. However, the ATC could not record the statements of Islamabad Magistrate Muhammad Ali Randhawa and Sheryar Taseer, son of Taseer.
The court accepted a plea by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of Salmaan Taseer, to submit a written

Qadri insisted he be deployed for Taseer’s security, court told

ISLAMABAD – An anti-terrorism court was told on Saturday that Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the police commando charged with killing of former governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, insisted for being deputed as one of his bodyguards, The hearing was held in the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi during which the court recorded the statements of three witnesses. The moharrar, the officials assigning duties, of Elite Force Punjab Umer Farooq told the court that he deputed Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri on the

Taseer’s family slams report on probe

LAHORE – The family of the late Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who was assassinated earlier this year, expressed shock and anger on Wednesday at comments in a news report claiming that it had not made sufficient effort to ensure that the investigation of the governor’s assassination was carried out properly.
A source close to the family said that it was deeply upset by the comments, and said how it followed up on the investigation was entirely the family’s business. The late

Taseer’s murder was ‘political’, says Kaira

ISLAMABAD – Refusing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz group’s leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif’s claims, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said their statement alleging that federal government wanted to implicate them in the assassination of former governor Punjab Salman Taseer was “really puzzling.”
In a statement, Kaira also rejected the notion that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had came to their rescue. “This government is led by the PM. The government and the PM

Govt tried to implicate Shahbaz and me in Taseer’s murder: Nawaz

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has revealed that the federal government had planned to implicate him and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the murder of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer after “colouring the assassination as a political design”.
“All was set to get a case registered under Section 302 against us, but the prime minister opposed the decision,” Nawaz spilled the beans in his address at a book launching ceremony on Friday.

Group sticks to its decree on attending Taseer’s funeral

LAHORE – The Jamiat Ahle-e-Sunnat on Thursday said that it sticks to its decree against offering former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s funeral. Addressing party workers in the Pegham-e-Hussain Conference at Alhamra, JAP chief Riaz Hussain said, “The West conspires to distort our faith by using aid as a tool but the Ahl-e-Sunnat will not succumb to such tactics. We advised our members to stay away from funeral of the desecrator because Islam advised us to do so. Our party fully

PML-Q says PPP responsible for Taseer’s murder

ISLAMABAD – Calling the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) a “cowardly party” for not standing by their leaders in difficult times, PML-Q central leaders on Wednesday put the ruling party to shame for not defending slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer against extremists.
A source told Pakistan Today that a five-member government committee called on PML-Q leaders at Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain’s residence to inform them of the economic situation in the country, but faced severe criticism

Salmaan Taseer’s condolence reference – Liberals surmount threats by religious groups

KARACHI – A large number of people from all walks of life including trade unionists, politicians, journalists, nationalists and doctors attended a condolence reference in remembrance of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer at the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House on Tuesday.
The reference was arranged by Citizens for Democracy – a joint network of several non-governmental organisations, professional bodies, independent journalists, trade unions, rights organisations, civil

Salmaan Taseer’s condolence reference – Liberals surmount threats by clerics

KARACHI – A large number of people from all walks of life including trade unionists, politicians, journalists, nationalists and doctors attended a condolence reference in remembrance of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer at the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House on Tuesday.
The reference was arranged by Citizens for Democracy – a joint network of several non-governmental organisations, professional bodies, independent journalists, trade unions, rights organisations, civil

PPP vows to conduct judicial inquiry into Taseer’s murder

LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party government will conduct a judicial inquiry into the assassination of slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, PPP ministers vowed on Friday.
Talking to reporters outside Taseer’s residence after offering condolences to his family, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira declared Taseer’s murder a tragedy for PPP.
Kaira said the incident had exposed that a fresh wave of extremism had struck the country and the elimination of this mindset was

Taseer’s killing scares liberal politicians

ISLAMABAD – The killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer by his bodyguard has heightened security fears among Pakistani political liberals who say their voices are being drowned out by the rising religious extremism.
Mumtaz Qadri gunned down his boss last week outside an Islamabad coffee shop, and the ease with which he carried out his crime has frightened liberal politicians.
Salman Taseer’s assassination has deepened a bitter divide between supporters of a liberal Pakistan

LHC disposes of petition against Taseer’s foreign visit

LAHORE – Mr Justice Azmat Saeed of Lahore High Court on Thursday disposed of a petition regarding the late Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s four-day foreign visit and declared it non-maintainable.
The judge observed that since Salman Taseer had passed away, it would not be now possible to establish whether or not he had some mala fide intention by keeping his foreign tour secret. After hearing strong arguments from the petitioner, the court did not dismiss the petition and

Khosa says Taseer’s murder was planned

LAHORE – Governor Punjab-designate Sardar Latif Khosa on Wednesday said the murder of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s was planned and expressed the determination to expose the culprits behind the conspiracy. Khosa was talking to the bereaved family of Salman Taseer at their residence in Lahore. Talking to reporters later, Khosa said the government would follow the policies of Benazir Bhutto and continue with politics of reconciliation. He said the most critical issues facing

US saddened by Taseer’s murder: Biden

ISLAMABAD – Calling former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer a decent and a brave man, US Vice President Joseph Biden on Wednesday said the US was saddened by Taseer’s cold-blooded murder.
In a reference to the assassination of the Punjab governor, at his joint press conference with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Biden said, “Societies that applaud such actions end up being consumed by those actions.” “The United States is saddened by cold-blooded murder of a decent, brave

Taseer’s killing aimed at dividing nation on religion: Malik

LAHORE – Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the murder of Salmaan Taseer, like terrorism, is a conspiracy to divide the nation on religious basis. He was speaking at the curtain-raiser for “Faseel-e-Jaan Se Aagay,” (Beyond the Life’s Limit” a drama series jointly produced by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Communication Research Strategies Private Limited (CRS) here on Wednesday.
The drama series is reportedly based on the 11 true stories of

Those celebrating Taseer’s murder are ‘blasphemers’: Bilawal

LONDON – Bilawal Bhutto has condemned all those who have praised the assassination of the Punjab governor for his opposition to the blasphemy laws. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told mourners Monday at the Pakistan High Commission in London that people who have voiced support for the killer of Punjab governor Salman Taseer were ‘the real blasphemers’. “Because of you, the message of Islam is distorted in the eyes of the world,” said Bhutto Zardari, the son of President Asif Ali Zardari.

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