Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Political assassination in Pakistan – because of Islam

Punjab Governor Salman Taseer was assassinated by his bodyguard. The assassin used a submachine gun at close range. Governor Taseer never had a chance. He was murdered because of his moderate views.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the guard had told police that he killed Mr Taseer because of the governor's opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law.

So that’s it? You die in Pakistan because you oppose a draconian blasphemy law? Is it Islam or a screwed up culture that drives people to this madness?

What he really died for was an act of compassion.

Mr Taseer made headlines recently by appealing for the pardon of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who had been sentenced to death for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Bibi was sentenced to death… for saying what exactly? Even if she escapes death by hanging there is a price on her head. Her family is in hiding, presumably forever. Pakistan can go hang – this is simply immoral.

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