Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was assassinated on January 4, 2011, in Islamabad by Mumtaz Qadri, a part of his security detail.
Salmaan Taseer was killed because of his public support for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was acquitted by the Supreme Court today after she spent over 9 years in jail, falsely accused of blasphemy.
Now 8 years later, the woman he stood up for has finally acquitted and will not face the death penalty as a lot of people had demanded and expected. Salmaan Taseer lost his life because of publicly speaking up for Asia Bibi and today, as the landmark decision was given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, people are remembering Salmaan Taseer and his sacrifice for justice.
Mera azm itna bulund hae Parae sholon se dar nahin. Mujhe dar hae tu atish e gul se hae Ye kahin chaman ko jala na dein significant?
— Salmaan Taseer (@SalmaanTaseer) January 4, 2011
He was heavily involved with trying to free Asia bibi.
Leaving for district jail Sheikhapura 2 see Aasia bibi wth mercy petition for Prezdnt Zardari. Hum ne gulshan ke tahfuz ki qasm khae hae
— Salmaan Taseer (@SalmaanTaseer) November 20, 2010
Today everyone is thinking of the late governor.
You live on. We have won today against bigotry fanaticism and downright stupidity.
— Yasser Latif Hamdani (@theRealYLH) October 31, 2018
Wish u were here today
— jami (@jamiazaad) October 31, 2018
Justice served. Unfortunately you're no longer here to witness it. May we all stay safe and may this country's citizens stop taking the law in its own hands and let due process take its course. No more public judge jury executioner!
— Muntaqa Peracha (@muntaqa) October 31, 2018
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) October 31, 2018
— Hina Bashir (@HinaHinn) October 31, 2018
And of course, it’s an emotional day for the family as well.
كُنْ فَيَكُونُ – Allah https://t.co/BAr2ONJ0WU
— Shahbaz Taseer (@ShahbazTaseer) October 31, 2018
His son Shehryar Taseer also had a message for the media.
My advice to anchors & TV channels: Don’t behave like mehr bukhari and incite violence against judges, citizens & politicians by playing Khadim Rizvi’s fatwas and hate speeches.
— Shehryar Taseer (@shehryar_taseer) October 31, 2018
This is a good day, the Supreme Court has upheld justice and made sure an innocent woman is not hanged for a crime she never committed. Salmaan Taseer had to die in order to ensure her freedom and his sacrifice was not in vain.
What do you think about Asia bibi’s acquittal? Let us know in the comments.
Cover Image Source: tribune.com/@shahbaztaseer via Twitter.com