Death is the price to talk about blasphemy law. Salmaan Taseer

Governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer has been killed because he spoke for amendment in the blasphemy law. The story started when he met a poor Christian women named Asia who has been convicted by a Pakistani court of blasphemy, receiving a death sentence by hanging. He was highly criticized by many political & so called religious parties leaders, for supporting Asia in this case. In fact he was being threaten by Islamist extremists. Who claim to be GodFather of Pakistan. Shame on us who have empowered them in past seven decades.

Salmaan Taseer's an old picture during press conference, he said, he will take Asia's case to President Asif Zardari.

The suspect Qadri told to police in his statement that, “I killed him because he said blasphemy law a kala qanoon(a black law).”

Salmaan Taseer was on of the famous people in Pakistan who used twitter frequently, he was supporter of freedom of expression.

What I think actually happened is that the Qadri’s mind was being washed, it didn’t take it a month or year, but our minds are being washed since decades by extremisim and this is the result that when one person tries to speak up, he/she will be killed.

Blasphemy law was being created by Zia ul-Haq, to empower the extremists and they have been using it for their purpose freely, so they’ll not tolerate if any Taseer would ask or stand for an amendmend in it. You could be killed.

Few days back when talking to one of my indian friend, I told him that it took me three years to have my family a secular family. But I’m still not sure because our media, mosques, schools, universities and almost all institutes are being impacted by the ideas of extremists and they are on their way to wash as many brains as possible. So it is easy to talk about Pakistan as a secular and peacful state but it is really very difficult to execute it, but this is the only way of survival for us.

This is what exactly happened with Salmaan Taseer and he had to give his life for this. I am not supporter of PPP(Taseer’s political party) but I support for what he stood and he claimed to be firm even if he is the last man. I really salute him for leading by example.

Qadri is not the only person who fired 26 shots on him, but the collective guilt are the people who have been supporting the imposition of blasphemy law blindly and all those parties & politicians who for a PURPOSE & REASON are resitance to any attempts to change this dark legacy of General Ziaul Haq.

Unfortunately, Pakistani media will do it best to cash this hot story, they’ll talk about the security condition. They are showing pictures of assassinated Salmaan Taseer’s body, more videos and pictures will be published as soon as any DOST (friend) sends it to them. More red-alerts and spreading a new wave of depression to already depressed Pakistanis, they have always been doing so.

At the end, for those who are striving for a different and better Pakistan, need to learn that it is not easy to make change, it has always been very difficult to do great things. But please know this is the only way to DO IT! Never Back Down!

And for those who are responsible for this murder, this assassination itself is a big message for you. We’ll knock you out. See what Salmaan Taseer tweeted four days back


  1. Oh, my…
    Thank you for writing this wonderful tribute, Waqas…
    Having tears in my eyes, especially after reading last tweet of Mr. Taseer
    Yeap, standing tall and following heart is the fate of warriors of light.
    May his soul rest in peace!

    1. Waqas Ali says:

      Amen! Ivana this is really very big challenge for us, but I look forward to be the next one. We need to awake people around.

  2. Scott Gould says:

    It’s tragic Waqas.

    As Saima said, “If a man is assassinated for standing up for a defenceless Christian woman what hope is there for Pakistan? Pakistanis have forgotten their nation was created for a minority… the Muslims of India”

    1. Waqas Ali says:

      Scott this is very sad to us, but I’m more disappointed to see many Pakistanis celebrating this assassination. We need to work really hard.

  3. Thank you so much writing for penning this whole story and so quick. I didn’t know many facts that have mentioned by you Waqas. Get the good job going.

    1. Waqas Ali says:

      Good to know it helped you Rizwan, you see how much work needs to be done and at every scale. Do it.

  4. Thanks for writing this moving post.
    Salute to Salmaan Taseer, protest his murder. Candlelight demos today: Karachi Press Club 5.30 pm and Kohsar Market, Islamabad 5.00 pm. Jan 5. Pls come. Tell friends.

    1. Waqas Ali says:

      Thank you for dropping by. Keep working for democracy.

  5. Aadil says:

    Hello to all, There is a little bit confusion. Mr.Salman Was doing Wrong OR Right? If He was Right then what about the Bullshit American Christian who was about to bury The Holy QURAN. WHy he was doing this?????????? where is the law in america? billions of Muslims has been dismissed by christian in the account of AL-QAIDA and terrorism . Why ?????? what is wrong????? We respect each religion then why they do like this ? ??? Please Try to understand . Islam is the religion of peace and love.”Killing some one is like to kill the whole mankind and Saving some on’s life is like saving the whole mankind” Translated from AL-Quran.

    1. Waqas Ali says:

      Hello Aadil, Mr Salmaan was right to demand amendment in the blasphemy law.

      There are negative people everywhere, same was the case with the person who wanted to bury Holy Quran, but there are good people too. Yesterday I was listening to a TEDtalk where Lesley Hazleton a christian woman was sharing her experience of reading Quran.

      Problem is that dark legacy of ZiaulHaq has and is creating more negative people in Pakistan than anywhere else. And personally I do not agree with many strategies of war against terrorism.

      Thanks for the question.

  6. waseemAhmad says:

    this is only a news have to defend Islam firstly that Islam is a moderate religion in the world.Salman Taseer is a extreem liberal manI think we need national integration

  7. sebastian says:

    Sad news.

    Radicals are unthinking pawns of the status quo.

    Free thinkers are priceless. Taseer leaves a great legacy by example.

    It takes a lot to change a culture.

    And there is no way out, it’s just one secular critic thinking attitude at the time.

    Thanks for posting about it Waqas

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