Salmaan Taseer

Mobile Phone Service Cut as Pakistan Blasphemy Killer’s Supporters Protest

By Faisal Mahmood and Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, March 29 – Pakistani authorities blocked mobile phone service for a third day in Islamabad on Tuesday as hundreds of hardline Muslim activists continued to protest the execution of a man who killed a governor over his criticism of harsh blasphemy laws. Security forces occasionally jam mobile phone

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Mystery Surrounds Shahbaz Taseer’s Captivity and Return

By Omar R Quraishi Shahbaz Taseer was a high-profile kidnapping victim in Pakistan — missing for almost five years after he was abducted a few hundred meters from his home in an affluent neighborhood in the city of Lahore on August 26, 2011. His case was major news in Pakistan because in January the same year,

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Kidnapped Son of Slain Pakistani Governor Rescued From Captors

ISLAMABAD, March 8 – The kidnapped son of a Pakistani governor who was murdered for criticising blasphemy laws was freed on Tuesday, a week after his father’s killer was executed, authorities said. Shahbaz Taseer, in his 30s, had been missing for more than four years since he was abducted from his car in Lahore, just months

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Pakistani Lawyers’ Group Behind Spike in Blasphemy Cases

ISLAMABAD, March 7  – A little-known alliance of hundreds of lawyers in Pakistan is behind the rise in prosecutions for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death that goes to the heart of an ideological clash between reformers and religious conservatives. The group, whose name translates as The Movement for the Finality of the Prophethood, offers

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Mumtaz Qadri’s Execution May Just Be A Turning Point In Pakistan

By Omar R Quraishi Mumtaz Qadri was a member of an elite police detachment tasked with guarding important people in the Pakistan government. On January 4, 2011, while deployed in the security detail of then Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer he pumped 28 bullets into his body in an affluent neighborhood of the country’s capital Islamabad. He immediately

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Pakistan Hangs Man Who Killed Governor Over Call to Reform Blasphemy Law

ISLAMABAD, Feb 29  – Pakistan on Monday executed a man who killed the governor of Punjab province over his call to reform the country’s strict blasphemy laws that carry a death sentence for insulting Islam, police said. Protests broke out within hours by supporters of the killer, who consider him a hero who defended the

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