Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Civil society says Taseer’s murder begining of ‘dark age’ in country

Human rights activists and members of civil society strongly condemned the brutal killing of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, terming it silencing of a voice for the weak and the beginning of a dark age in the country.

Renown journalist and human rights activist, Hussain Naqi, told Daily Times that Taseer had become a victim of the politics of extremism started by our establishment with the introduction of controversial laws like the blasphemy law.

He said Taseer had been a voice of tolerance in society and was the only one who took a clear stand against religious extremists by supporting their victims. Naqvi said that Taseer was a brave man, but it was tragic that he took that stand alone, which the government was supposed to take and that situation led to his assassination.

He said that his stand against blasphemy law was vital and he gave a voice to the demands of the civil society, human rights activists and those who were becoming victims of misuse of these laws. Naqvi said the government had played a selfish rule in the matter.

He said that it was also tragic that our judiciary could take note of Taseer’s stand on the Aasia Bibi case but never bothered to take action against people like the cleric of the Mohabbat Khan Mosque, who were issuing death decrees against him while promising prize for his assassins.

He said that media had also played a key role in developing a hate campaign against Taseer, as some media outlets were misusing their capacity to increase the ratings of their channels by inciting hatred and sectarianism in society.

PPP minority wing leader, Napolean Qayyom, told Daily Times that minorities and oppressed communities of Pakistan would never forget the great sacrifice of Taseer, saying he was a lion who had lost his life while protecting the weak.

MPA Pervaiz Rafique said that the non-Muslims of Pakistan would always be indebted to Taseer, who had protected them when there was nobody else to support them.

He said Taseer was not against the blasphemy law but only wanted to stop the misuse of such controversial laws in support of society and minorities. He said that it was also a great favour of Taseer that he founded Daily Times, which became a voice of minorities and promoter of tolerance in society.

1 comment:

  1. if it is dark age then why the pakistani people call hero to mumtaz qadri, in my view the pakistani people gives very great respect to the mumtaz qadri