Punjab Governor Killed For Not Supporting Islamic Blasphemy Laws

Beyond the Veil| Pakistan’s governor of Punjab province Salman Taseer, has been killed at an open-air shopping center frequented by foreigners and the Pakistani elite. Taseer was a member of the Pakistan People’s Party and an ally of President Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhuto — who was herself assassinated just over three years ago.

Salman Taseer was killed by his own body guard, according to Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik, because of his opposition to Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, denounced by international human-rights groups.

“He was the most courageous voice after Benazir Bhutto on the rights of women and religious minorities,” said a crying Farahnaz Ispahani, an aide to Zardari and friend of Taseer. “God, we will miss him.” via Dawn

Most recently, a Christian woman Aasia Bibi was tried and convicted for blasphemy under Islamic Law. Noreem, 45-years old and living in the Muslim village of Ittawali in the Punjab provice of Pakistan, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for allegedly defaming Muhammad, the founder of Islam.