Minorities committee asks Pak Govt. to pursue Taseer murder case ‘properly’

February 20th, 2011 - 5:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Feb 20(ANI): Pakistan’s National Assembly Committee on Minorities has demanded that the government must pursue the Salmaan Taseer assassination case properly.

Last month, Taseer was assassinated by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, one of his own elite security force protectors, who opened fire on him because of the governor’s support for the release of Pakistani-Christian woman Asia Bibi, who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges.

A number of religious parties have lauded Qadri for killing Taseer, and many lawyers have offered to defend him for free.

The NA committee strongly condemned the people who had celebrated Taseer’s murder, the Daily Times reports.

The committee said that a competent prosecutor should be provided to pursue the case properly and the killer should be punished in accordance with the law.

The participants of the committee expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that despite the existence of law, no one was properly following it in the country.

Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti said Taseer’s vision was to promote harmony and provide rights to every citizen of the country.

Bhatti said Taseer had raised his voice for the marginalized section of the society, and added: “I salute him”.

He said Taseer had the courage to raise his voice against the forces that wanted to oppress the minorities in Pakistan. (ANI)

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