Jihad Strikes a Blow in Pakistan

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For the second time in three years, the beleaguered nation of Pakistan has lost one of its most prominent secular reformers to Islamic radicalism. Salman Taseer, governor of Pakistan’s populous Punjab Province, was killed Tuesday in broad daylight by Malik Mumtaz Qadri, a member of the governor’s own security detail. The assassination was expressly political, with Qadri citing Taseer’s opposition to Pakistan’s Islamic blasphemy laws as the motivation behind the killing. The tragedy leaves much uncertainty and turmoil in its wake, especially with respect to Pakistan’s willingness to help pacify anti-American forces in neighboring Afghanistan. The event also puts into question the viability of the fragile Pakistani secularist movement in the face of burgeoning violent fundamentalism.

Taseer was a member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, a secular reformist party once represented by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto, a champion of modernity in Pakistan, was also murdered in a fundamentalist gun-and-bomb attack in 2007. In fact, Taseer’s death comes within days of the anniversary of his compatriot’s assassination, a grim commemoration of the event. Like Bhutto, Taseer vocally advocated for women and minority rights. Ms. Bhutto’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari, is Pakistan’s current president and was close to Taseer.

Taseer had aggressively carried on Bhutto’s legacy, becoming one of Pakistan’s foremost opponents of Islamic extremism. In the weeks preceding his death, Teseer faced intense opposition from Islamist elements over his objection to the country’s draconian blasphemy laws, which carry the penalty of death. In a highly publicized case, a Christian woman named Asia Bibi, who lived in Punjab, was sentenced to death for a blasphemy offense. She is currently in prison and is appealing her sentence. Taseer publicly supported Bibi and railed against the blasphemy laws, which prompted Islamist factions to call for his ouster. Some groups issued an edict of blasphemy for his involvement in the case.

Qadir’s intention was to fulfill this decree. He was led away from the scene smiling over his instrumentality in Allah’s divine justice. “I am a slave of the Prophet,” he told a television crew, “and the punishment for one who commits blasphemy is death.”

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    It’s the blind leading the blind over in Pakistan and in Afghanistan. Everything the USA has been doing since the beginning has been based on asinine political correct myths. Never has there been a more fantasy-based mission in history. I hope everyone involved is eventually punished for failing their responsibility to learn everything about our enemy possible.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    It’s the blind leading the blind over in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Everything the USA has been doing since the beginning has been based on asinine political correct myths. Never has there been a more fantasy-based mission in history. I hope everyone involved is eventually punished for failing their responsibility to learn everything possible about our enemy.

    • abhi

      Lol… well, I know that Islamic jihad is no laughing matter, in fact it’s a clear & present danger to the very existence of entire civilized humanity, but when it comes to Pakistan & America, I cant stop laughing. It’s YOU AMERICANS who were the first financiers of Pakistani jihadis to help them kill Russians in afganistan during the 1980’s. then, by the end of 1980’s, when the same jihadis decided to kill hindus in Jammu & Kashmir, simply because they hated the very idea of a muslim-majority Kashmir valley remaining a part of notionally Hindu-majority India, you people turned a blind eye, throughout 1990’s.

      • abhi

        result, jihadis, flush with enormous funds from US & Saudi Arabia, supplied to them by the ISI, chased away the last Hindu of the Kashmir valley, and they became refugees in their own country!!!!! When Taliban, a product of overt CIA-ISI backing of the Pakistan’s notoriously barbaric & inhuman Quetta Shura, castrated Afghan President Najibullah, while he was still alive, and then hanged him from an electric pole, nobody in the US took notice!!!!!!! After all, if Islamic barbarians are castrating & killing Hindus or Russians or Russia backed leaders in faraway Asia, if they are raping Hindu women with impunity in Pakistan & Bangladesh, why the western world, with it’s high morals and high sensitivity to human rights, need to bother, isn’t it, friends?

        • oooStephen

          your history's wrong. try reading books, instead of just websites.

        • Jaladhi

          You are absolutely right!!! However, the US government is never ever going to admit its error in supporting Pakistan – their desire to kill off communism was much stronger than to see the truth about Islam and Pakistan and hence the deal with devil himself. Unfortunately , the government and MSM still do not see the light about Islam and Muslims and still continue dolling out billions to Pakistan without getting anything back in return. OBL and his gang still roam free in Pakistan – if Pakistanis really want to catch them, they will a toast in no time!!

          Time has come for US to pull out of all Muslim lands, stop paying jiziya to them, stop all Muslim immigration to US and start sending back those who want sharia imposed here. The cases for UK and Europe are pathetic, there is no hope for them but US could still recover from the menace that is Islam!!

      • http://myspace.com Fred Dawes

        yes you are right but only because old ENGLAND AND ITS GOVERNMENT ASKED THE MONKEYS IN WASHINGTON TO back up the monkeys in pak'e

    • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      Its a real joke to hear people talk about winning, what would you win? And people just look at what this monkey government is doing behind your back?

  • http://www.fxexchangerate.com/ fxgeorges

    Osama bin Laden is … a freedom fighter

    Freedom from what? Freedom for what? Who is he fighting to liberate? Who is their oppressor? How does beheading people and flying airplanes into buildings strike a blow for freedom? Is al-Qaida any freer today than it was in 9/11? Sure, the allies may have liberated many a jihadi from his fleshy prison, but in the macro sense, how is anyone free when they live like rats skulking from their caves and holes to lob bombs and duck back under cover before a Predator blows them to Allah?

    That "freedom fighter" talk is right out of the dogeared Marxist catechism.

  • abhi

    Lol… well, I know that Islamic jihad is no laughing matter, in fact it’s a clear & present danger to the very existence of entire civilized humanity, but when it comes to Pakistan & America, I cant stop laughing. It’s YOU AMERICANS who were the first financiers of Pakistani jihadis to help them kill Russians in afganistan during the 1980’s. then, by the end of 1980’s, when the same jihadis decided to kill hindus in Jammu & Kashmir, simply because they hated the very idea of a muslim-majority Kashmir valley remaining a part of notionally Hindu-majority India, you people turned a blind eye, throughout 1990’s. result, jihadis, flush with enormous funds from US & Saudi Arabia, supplied to them by the ISI, chased away the last Hindu of the Kashmir valley, and they became refugees in their own country!!!!! When Taliban, a product of overt CIA-ISI backing of the Pakistan’s notoriously barbaric & inhuman Quetta Shura, castrated Afghan President Najibullah, while he was still alive, and then hanged him from an electric pole, nobody in the US took notice!!!!!!! After all, if Islamic barbarians are castrating & killing Hindus or Russians or Russia backed leaders in faraway Asia, if they are raping Hindu women with impunity in Pakistan & Bangladesh, why the western world, with it’s high morals and high sensitivity to human rights, need to bother, isn’t it, friends? Only when one time CIA-financed Osama (OMG!!!!! ROTFL….) decided to destroy WTC, that you guys realized who these people are whom you have been financing for decades, in the smug belief that they will kill & butcher only Russians, and Hindus of India. Even today, you provide billions of dollars worth military aid, and latest fighter aircrafts and other military hardware to Pakistan, hoping that they won’t use all that against India, but would actually use it to kill jihadis. Well, keep dreaming while the time lasts. Lol………really, US financing Pakistan army & ISI is one of the most ridiculous real-life joke of our times. And don’t forget that Pakistan’s most trusted all-weather friend & ally is China, and in this limited space of this comment box, I can’t even begin mentioning just how dangerous today’s China is.

  • tanstaafl

    Stop the jizya to Pakistan!

  • BS77

    I think most rational people in the US and Europe are totally sick of hearing about jihad, burqas, truck bombings, FGM, honor killings, stonings, hangings, Iran, Pakistan and Sudan….the endless hysteria, riots, genocide and ridiculous pathetic propaganda……..enough already!! It's insanity on steroids!!
    Wake up to how it really is.

    • BS77

      Replying to myself…..it is a very sad state of affairs….beyond my understanding, beyond my comprehension …..the near daily news of bombings, stonings, honor killings……..it's a catastrophe, a nightmare that seems like it won't end. Very sad….

    • http://myspace.com Fred Dawes

      well said thank you. and let us not forget bin and hitler are under the bed waiting for the little kids, this war is just one more BS Act from our governments.

  • Randy

    With revolutionary symptoms rising more to the surface, and closer to India's borders, the U.S. and life-respecting peoples help India more. They will need it.

    "Pakistani religious groups cheer governor's killing" http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/05/2002361/pak

    China and Europe should be the country defending the Persian Gulf, alongside the U.S. They probably use more of it already than we do, and they rely on stable access to the Persian Gulf more than we do. Without oil, or too expensive oil, their manufacturing base collapses and they can't produce and the West can't afford to buy.

    But while China needs to employ a massive population in production, we can easily do without 100 models of flat-screen TV's and other time-wasting media-feeders. Nor do we really need 10,000 styles of T-shirts, pants, dresses, and purses, produced in places like Pakistan. Plan B should include telling those economic allies that if they want cheap oil, they join the battle. Should our Xmas gift-giving shopaholics be supporting chachka manufacturers around the world who don't respect the U.S.?

  • posse101

    … will they blame israel for this one too?

    • Mike

      If Israel were to be nuked by Iran, the mullahs,the conspiracy theory crowd and the Muslim street would claim that the 'Zionists' launched the missiles(from Iran).

      • posse101

        good point!

        and lots of people around the world would actually believe it.

      • Irish Royal Alian

        Personally i think israel is in the wrong place. After all is said and done most jews are white not brown. maby all jews should claim a mountainouse region in a cooler climate given originally they were captured Europeans by the Egyptians. Maby Chechnia or the Basque region would suit them better given the scientifc archaeological facts.

    • Irish Royal Alian

      If Iran Nukes Israel they will claim it. In return Israel will nuke Iran. Then supporters of both sides will probably finish of the job with a few more nukes on both sides. Then the middle east will be an irradiated waistland and noone will want to live there. This being the case the middle east will finally be at peace :)

  • flaedo

    IN BRED. Statistical research on Arabic countries shows that up to 34 % of all marriages in Algiers are consanguine (blood related), 46 % in Bahrain, 33 % in Egypt, 80 % in Nubia (southern area in Egypt), 60 % in Iraq, 64 % in Jordan, 64 % in Kuwait, 42 % in Lebanon, 48 % in Libya, 47 % in Mauritania, 54 % in Qatar, 67 % in Saudi Arabia, 63% in Sudan, 40% in Syria, 39% in Tunisia, 54% in the UAE,45% in Yemen (Reproductive Health Journal, 2009 Consanguinity and reproductive health among Arabs)

  • flaedo

    The figure for Pakistan will be very high, l dont know why it wasnt included in the list

  • flaedo

    Now ask yourself how does one deal with a bunch of mentally deficient, murdering moozis?

  • John Rutley

    A very, very sad day indeed. The lights of reason and rationality are going out in Pakistan to be replaced by dark, arrogant Islamic fascist bigotted ghouls whose only agenda is to kill, kill, kill. It depresses me to think of what our children and grandchildren will have to face in the future.

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  • http://ghds-piastra.org GHD Piastra

    so good a post!

  • Irish Royal Alian

    I think you are totally wrong, I am alian, and religiouse division and differnce is the cause of the whole problem. Afganistan should have a Democracy established and monitored for at least 20 solar years. This democracy dosen't nececerrily have to have a president as its elected leader. Maby call him/her an Elder instead.
    Tribal regions could simply be treated as counties or states are in the west.
    Whatever model is adopted, a Democracy is better than cutting and running and leaving the place to the talliban's cruelty once again. Freedom requests the vote.