Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Dead

You're probably aware that Salman Taseer, governor of Pakistan's Punjab Province, was murdered on Tuesday by one of his bodyguards. The reason for his assassination were his efforts to end religious intolerance and strife in Pakistan.

Mr Taseer, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party and a close ally of the president, Asif Ali Zardari, had been campaigning on behalf of Asia Bibi, an illiterate Christian farm worker who in the course of a row with neighbours over drinking water was accused of blasphemy, convicted and sentenced to death. He had called for her to be pardoned, and also for the law, under which death for blasphemy against the prophet is mandatory, to be changed.

I would like to say that I hope that Pakistan has more men like him. They certainly need them! Unfortunately, the situation is positively dire. 

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