HRW praises Taseer
LAHORE: The Human Rights Watch has showered praise on Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Ali Dayan Hasan, senior south Asia researcher, said in his message, “Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s condemnation of the blasphemy law and his support for the victims of the law was both principled and brave.
Taseer showed himself to be a rare politician, willing to risk his life in espousing an unambiguous position against discrimination and abuse. His assassination is a cause of sadness for human rights defenders. Pakistan’s federal and the Punjab governments must explain their inaction in the face of multiple death threats publicly issued by extremist groups to Taseer in the run up to his killing.”
Source: Daily Times