5th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Salman Taseer
Asif Zardari calls for effective steps to prevent misuse of religion based laws.
Islamabad January 3, 2016: Five years ago on this day (January 4) Former Governor Punjab Shaheed Salman Taseer laid down his life protecting minorities and vulnerable sections of society against misuse of religion based laws and we pay homage to his memory, said former President Asif Zardari in a message today.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah quoting the former President said that the bigots and extremists continue to exploit religion based laws to impose upon the people their own version of religious edicts on the one hand and to stifle dissent on the other.
The PPP rejects their narrow and bigoted narrative of Islamic tenets and will continue to oppose and resist them, he said.
On the fifth anniversary of Shaheed Taseer let us pledge that collectively we will prevent the misuse of the religion based laws.
It is reassuring that recently the Senate Committee of the Whole also called for reforming the legal regimen to prevent misuse of these laws, he said and expressed the hope that the House of Federation will pursue this noble objective.
Taseer’s assassination at the hands of bigots was not just a loss of a political party; it was a loss of the nation.
May the soul of Salman Taseer rest in eternal peace. May the souls of all martyrs who have laid down their lives for noble causes and in fighting bigotry also rest in eternal peace.