Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Governor Salman Taseer, Friend of Pakistani Christians, Assassinated

  • "His assassin, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, said he killed him because the governor had described the blasphemy law as a 'black law'," reports Jibran Khan — Punjab governor assassinated, he had called for Asia Bibi’s pardon.

  • "For Fr. James Chennan, Vice Provincial of the Dominicans in Lahore, the country has lost a promoter of human rights, loved by minorities," reports Nirmala Carvalho — Christians honour Salman Taseer, a courageous victim of the blasphemy law.

  • "That Taseer's mother was German and his wife Indian helped the right-wing paint him as a heretic," says Syed Saleem Shahzad, suggesting that "the more sinister forces behind his death will most likely never be revealed" — Voice of moderation silenced in Pakistan.

  • "We were very shocked to hear the news," said Archbishop Lawrence J. Saldanha of Lahore; "We feel that this is definitely a move against those who are opposing the blasphemy law" — Pakistani governor’s murder causes shock, pessimism about end to blasphemy law.

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