Governor Salman Taseer assassinated

UPDATE: Around 27 bullets have been removed from Salman Taseer’s dead body. One of his security guards, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, opened fire at him from a distance of 4-5 feet, as he was sitting in his car after having meal at a cafe.

Pakistan Peoples Party has cancelled all events celebrating Zulfiqar Bhutto’s birthday and declared two weeks of mourning. The Punjab Government has announced a local holiday for tomorrow across Punjab as things become tense in Lahore. All roads leading to the Governor’s House in Lahore have been sealed. There was extreme panic amongst people in Lahore and other cities as everyone closed down shops and rushed back home anticipating violent protests by PPP jayalas.

Salman Taseer’s body will be driven or flown back to Lahore tonight where his Namaz-e-Janaza will be said at the Governor’s House on Wednesday.

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Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer has just been assassinated in Islamabad. According to media reports, Taseer died of bullet wounds when his car was fired upon at the capital’s Kohsaar Market.

Considering the reputation and temper of PPP jayalas, it is very likely that there might be violent protests and demonstrations in the city. People in Lahore are highly advised to take extra precaution and preferably stay at home till things become clear.

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  2. World Spinner (unregistered) on January 4th, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    Governor Salman Taseer assassinated | Lahore Metblogs…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……


  3. Kaami (unregistered) on January 4th, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    Whatever people say about him and the sarcastic remarks about jiyalas, He was the only person in the whole damned country in a position of power who had the guts to call Zia’s/Sharif’s laws(whom the large segment of population considers as Islamic) as “Black Laws”.

    I think with his death the left is totally burried now, what is left is bigotry in the shape of rigt, extreme right and extreme extreme rigt.

    This sends a chilling message to other leaders i.e Dont You Dare! otherwise we will get you.


  4. wendeth (unregistered) on January 4th, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    well said Kaami! I completely agree…and sadly there will be demonstrations to turn this murderer into a hero, quite sad but not unexpected with what is going on in Pakistan. The PML-N is nothing but a terrorist organization with suits on and its disgusting. Is this what the people of Pakistan (specifically Lahore/Punjab) want? Seems so…sadly.


  5. Kaami (unregistered) on January 5th, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    @wendeth I dont want to specifically target anybody or blame this on one particular party or group of individuals.

    The whole nation is sufferring from a severe case of zombeism, there is no meaningful intellectual discourse in our universities, our civil society is short sighted whereas, Zia mentality and legacy is alive and well. The whole desparado is chasing the mirage of Islamic State and those who know what is going on are too apologetic in their approach.

    No matter which party you belong to, PML, PPP, MQM, ANP and PTI etc., there is one thing to remember:

    “You cannot appease the devil, there is no end to it, the sooner realization dawns the better.”

    Lahore is a city which Sufi Tabassum, Ishfaq Ahmed, Patras, Faiz, and Iqbal called home. It played its part in shaping modern Muslim thought. Surely, it cannot be taken over by fanatics and second rate fundamentalistic beliefs.


  6. wendeth (unregistered) on January 5th, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    You are right, except I can say the current Punjabi govt. is indeed partially thankful for the mass violence going on. Are they the only guilt, absolutely not, but they are guilty none the less. I used to say there was no way Lahori’s would be taken over by extremism, but I’m regularly feeling this will be the case. Not simply because they are walking around, as you say, like zombies, but because it just hasn’t gotten bad enough for them. (as a whole). When it gets bad enough, the people will protest and take forth….and they have on occasion…but certainly they will leave their protesting and outrage to facebook, twitter and sms sending because here it is safer and less likely to bring out any revenge (political or otherwise). I’m not saying I blame them, because no one is ready to die over this cause or that cause….we all have hope it’ll work itself out, but the unfortunate truth is this will not work itself out w/o death….those who are enemies to humanity have made it clear there will be death.


  7. tperacha on January 5th, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    RIP Mr. Taseer. Though never a fan of the man, I am very saddened by his assasination. If indeed his stand on blasphemy lawas led to this sad incident then another life has been taken away in the name of religion!!!


  8. Kaami (unregistered) on January 5th, 2011 @ 2:37 am

    @tperacha

    I ‘ll quote my long time companion in these Forums Kabir Das. “Now its not a question of freedom of religion but freedom from religion.”

    @wendeth I will agree with you on that, given that the wahabi extremism is the major contributor to religious violence, drawing its support from its rich and powerful Saudi sponsors. The present Punjab govt will find it hard to act against them ( due to its well advertised Saudi links) , Consequently, we see resurgence of organizations like Sipah-e-sahaba and other similar outfits.


  9. wendeth (unregistered) on January 5th, 2011 @ 4:04 am

    Agreed Kaami…..there’s no real political raising in Pakistan…although I’ve met some grass roots people in villages, it’s just like the states; those with real ideals to help the people don’t get very far.


  10. Jameel Irshad (unregistered) on January 5th, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    YES I THINK SO BUT DON’T AGREE.

    Kaami and wendeth can suck each others balls.

    He got what was coming to him.

    And even if Nawaz or Shahbaz or anybody else regardless of position says anything like that, they would be declaring themselves a target for the Mullahs.

    MULLAH PARTY ZINDABAD.

    DOWN WITH THE SYSTEM.


  11. barbara (unregistered) on January 5th, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    This is greate loss to Pakistani Politics & Business but one shaould aware of Religious Talks. Read me at http://bloggerstown.com/2011/01/05/salman-taseer-the-flamboyant-and-high-profile-governor-of-punjab-was-gunned-down-tuesday-in-one-of-the-security-guard/
    Thanks!


  12. kaami (unregistered) on January 6th, 2011 @ 6:47 am

    @Jameel I found your comment very amusing. I can only sympathize with your screwed up state of mind. The sad thing is that you are not alone, in fact you might in the majority, good for you, have fun!

    But why blame you, you were born in a country custom tailored for jagirdar rule with the support of the millitary while Mullahs tagged along like obedient dogs. Then Zia changed the whole ball game and successfully created a generation with a new dillusional mindset, chasing a mirage of some kind Islamic state, that never was and never will be.

    Have fun with your Mullahs, this is just the beginning, I’ll be watching.



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