Thursday, January 6, 2011
Funeral held for assassinated Pakistani politician
Thousands of Pakistani police were on high alert in Lahore on Wednesday ahead of the funeral for Punjab’s provincial governor, Salam Taseer.
Taseer was assassinated by one of his security guards Tuesday in Islamabad because of his opposition to the nation’s controversial blasphemy law. The governor had also requested a pardon for Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five sentenced to death under the law.
“Taseer was a vocal and bold and courageous man,” says Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities and member of the Pakistan Peoples Party.
Listen to Shahbaz Bhatti’s interview with Kelsea Brennan-Wessels:
from Vatican Radio