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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Outspoken Pakistani Governor Salman Taseer leaves legacy of tweets

By Sam Sanders and Greg Linch

The Washington Post's Karin Brulliard reported Tuesday on the assassination of Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province. He was allegedly killed by one of his own security guards.

The guard claims that anger over Taseer's stance against blasphemy laws provoked the assassination. Taseer recently publicly endorsed a pardon for a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Much of that public endorsement took place on his Twitter feed. We've compiled a few of the notable tweets below.

By Sam Sanders and Greg Linch  | January 4, 2011; 9:05 AM ET
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These people are animals

Posted by: question-guy | January 4, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the observation he offers as his own seems eerily similar to a line from Teddy Roosevelt: "Probably the best test of true love of liberty in any country is the way in which minorities are treated in that country."

I guess we see where Pakistan stands.

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | January 4, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sam and Greg although I appreciate your piece written to make readers aware of the death of a key political figure of Pakistan Peoples Party I am saddned to read his tweets. How can a man (God rest his soul) who is a governor of Pakistan's leading province be so dillusioned of facts??

Taseer's tweet posted Dec 22,2010 at 1:08 is absolutely unaceptable. Swati was not sacked for corruption. He was removed from his ministry from PM Gilani for informing him the cabinet and president the depairity the Haji's faced due to scam pulled by Religious Affairs Ministry. He was ignored each time he tried so the pilgrims turned to the courts. Since he was required to be present at the hearing to present evidence he was questioned by Media. He had to respond to questions and the PM felt he was a threat as the corruption stated from PM office. Unfortunate that Taseer never stood up for the pilgrims who belong to underserved communities and tweets of rep minorities. He does not even has the facts straight how was he governing Punjab??
Where are the leaders in Pakistan headed? Are they qualified for their position?? Do they know they are required to represent and serve the public?? I am extremely disapointed in this man. May God have mercy on his soul.

Posted by: farhana1 | January 5, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

I don't know enough about politics or Ex-Governor Salman Taseer's life style, but there is only one thing I just want to share that I feel sorry for his assassination because the reason/excuse I should say is being given by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri for Governor's assassination is speaking against the blasphemy law as he used a word "KALA QANOON" (Black Law) in Urdu in an interview. But I think Mr. Qadri didn't have the patient brain to think why this sentence has been used by the Governor? Although he is also a Muslim but why Mr. Governor have said that?
The reason was this that most of the extremists like Qadri have used this law (personally) against the innocent people of Pakistan including Christians & other minorities or ever Muslims of Lower Class for their personal interests & dis-likeness. As it happened in the case of Asia Bibi who has been sentenced to death by hanging. Few extremists of Islam firstly abused Asia Bibi as she is Christian & they consider Christians an UNCLEAN Community in Pakistan and than as A person was having an issue of property with Asia Bibi so He planned to take revenge by apposing blame of blasphemy on this poor lady. And as International community took notice of this case, President of Pakistan gave the task to the Governor of the Punjab Government to examine the ground reality of this sensitive issue & Mr. Taseer acted according to the orders & examined the case on merit.
As the Governor investigated thoroughly, he resulted in favor of Asia Bibi as he didn't found any reason of her sentenced to death by hanging. So, because of this critical issue Mr. Taseer felt that this blasphemy law should be reviewed, as it is unfortunately being used against minorities for nothing than Muslim Extremest's Personal Interests.
Where is the Law of Pakistan? Where is the Democracy of Pakistan? that man has been killed for nothing than favoring the truth??? To which direction our nation is going??? If Islam is a religion of Tolerance, Equity, Democracy & Justice, where it goes??? Do a Pakistani citizen has the right to express his feelings??? If Muslim extremists says that Non-Muslims are UNCLEAN than it is very good comment, and if a person says that blasphemy law should be reviewed for its better implementations than it is wrong??? Hahahah....What a shameful excuse!!! I'm not a friend of Mr. Taseer or PPP, but I only said the truth what I think of this assassination of Late Mr. Salman Taseer. May his soul rest in peace, Amen!
May GOD do a miracle to bring peace in Pakistan change the minds of extremists towards positivity, Amen!
Qauid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah & Allama Muhammad Iqbal must be feeling guilty as look down in to this suffering nation of Pakistan from up?
I'm sorry if any body been hearten of my comments but this is what a common educated person thinks of Pakistan!!! Please Save The Future of Pakistan...!!

Posted by: geraldfromlahore | January 5, 2011 6:12 AM | Report abuse

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