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Published:January 4th, 2011 12:47 EST
Punjab's Governor Salman Taseer Shot Dead by His Guard

Punjab's Governor Salman Taseer Shot Dead by His Guard

By Ernest Dempsey

In a shocking incident, the Governor of Punjab province Mr. Salman Taseer has been assassinated openly by his own security guard a while ago in the federal capital Islamabad. The culprit has been arrested by the police.


Mr. Taseer, who was often in a political clash with the establishment of his province and was generally regarded as the ruling party`s (Pakistan Peoples Party) favored political figure thrown in Punjab against the opposition, was shot in Kohsar Market, Islamabad`s popular shopping area in the sector F 6, by a security guard of his, an elite force policeman.


The first report from media indicate that Mr. Taseer was shot because his own guard was angry at him for speaking against Pakistan`s blasphemy law, which Mr. Taseer had condemned after a Christian woman Asia Bibi was sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy. The killer surrendered to the police after shooting Mr. Taseer. The wounded governor was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to the wounds.    


The latest is that the name of the culprit has been learnt as Mumtaz Qadri. More details are coming.