Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The YouTube Interview with Salman Taseer, assassinated yesterday in Islamabad

Last month, during a business and media development visit to Pakistan, we sat down with Salman Taseer, the influential governor of the Punjab province, to talk about the future of his country. Today, Taseer was assassinated by one of his bodyguards in while getting into his car in a market in Islamabad. Though it's unclear yet whether his bodyguard acted alone or was part of a larger plot, sources say the assassination was motivated by Tasser's opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

A high profile leader within the Pakistan People's Party, Taseer talked with us about the world's view of Pakistan, and what he wanted to do to put forth a more moderate picture of his country.

An avid Twitterer, Taseer spoke out to appeal for the pardon of a Christian woman who'd received a death sentance for reportedly speaking against the Prophet Mohammed.

"I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b4 rightist pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I'm the last man standing," he tweeted at the end of last month.


Garry said...

Seems that he dug his own grave........ Pretty freaky to be gunned down by your own bodyguard.

hannah said...

No he was just being liberal;intolerant people cant understand him.
I respect him; the pakistan population should stop delving into the bad things he did and see how hard he was trying to improve the image of pakistan worldwide. Now, the ones who say he deserved to die and support such acts are just destroying the image of thir country globally. CHAOS AT ITS HEIGHT. Killing someone is never right no matter how you perceive that person as. But the world itself has clearly seen its own bout of assassinations; killing is pure evil.

Anonymous said...

who respect him he or she is such a great stupid he was a gustakh e rasool(saw)

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