Indeed a shocking and sad incident in the name of the religion. Apparently for his stand against Blasphemy law and his support to pardon the lady convict, Governor Punjab Salman Taseer has been murdered outside a restaurant in Kohsar Market, Islamabad, by one of his own guards named Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. The guard shot him brutally with as many as
nine twenty seven bullets and surrendered to the police.
Salman Taseer had publicly supported Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death by a municipal court for blasphemy against Islam, and requested President Asif Ali Zardari to pardon her. He had termed anti-blasphemy law as black law. Asia Bibi’s case had been the reason for debate over Blasphemy law which is a sensitive issue and matter of life and death for many in Pakistan.
In his last cyber message on social networking site Twitter he quoted:
” President Zardariâ€™s total support of PM has once again silenced rumors of split in PPP top leadership. Govt is here till 2013″
What is ironic about this incident is that both the target and the killer will be called Shaheeds by different segments of the population. Have a look at the SMS I received;
“Gustakh-e-Rasool SAW Salman Taseer Governor Punjab apne guard ke haathon qatal. Mubarak ho. – Islami Jamat Talba Voice.”
The universal religion of Humanity – the original Islam – is indeed in danger from this insanity.