Salmaan Taseer

Pakistani politician (1944-2011)

Salmaan Taseer (31 May 1944, Shimla – 4 January 2011, Islamabad) was a Pakistani businessman and politician who served as the Governor of Punjab the province of Pakistan from 2008 until his assassination in 2011.

Salmaan Taseer in 2009



Quotes about Taseer

  • “I felt sure that none of Islam’s once powerful moral imperatives existed within him, but he was a Muslim because he doubted the Holocaust, hated America and Israel, thought Hindus were weak and cowardly (despite marrying a Hindu journalist Tavleen Singh), and because the glories of the Islamic past excited him. The faith decayed within him, ceased to be dynamic, ceased to provide moral guidance, became nothing but a deep, unreachable historical and political identity,” wrote Aatish.
    • Author Aatish Taseer reveals this dichotomy well in his book, Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey through Muslim Lands. Writing about his father Salman Taseer, the liberal Pakistani politician who was shot dead by his own bodyguard in 2011 for his stand against the blasphemy law, Aatish says that he was not a practising Muslim and yet this never came in conflict with his idea of looking at himself as a defender of the faith. [1]
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