Salman Taseer’s son Shahbaz is kidnapped in Lahore

Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain Pakistani governor Salmaan Taseer,  was kidnapped in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday.  The Governor had been killed by his body guard in the recent past.

Unidentified men in a black SUV intercepted Taseer’s car and abducted him. The late governor was killed by his bodyguard for his opposition to a controversial blasphemy law this yearHis family has said they have been recieving threats from extremist groups.

His father, Salman Taseer, a senior figure in the ruling Pakistan Peoples party, was shot dead in January by a policeman on his security detail after he called for reform of the country’s much-abused blasphemy law.

The killing divided Pakistan, exposing the gulf between a tiny segment of liberals who condemned the assassination and a jeering majority who supported and even celebrated the killing.

Taseer’s family has since been the target of a vicious campaign of vilification in newspaper articles, on talk shows and online.

Read further in Guardian UK:

Local Twitterati expressed anger over Shahbaz’s abduction and tweeted their prayers and support for the Taseer family.

Fifi Haroon

What has Pakistan become? What state of lawlessness is this? What utter anarchy? What madness? What fresh hell? How much more can people take?

I don’t live in Pakistan but my heart bleeds four my country. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for all of you who I have never even met!

At 22 this poor girl (Shehrbano Taseer) has become de facto head of the Taseer family. To go though dad’s death, now brother’s kidnapping.


Categories: Pakistan

1 reply

  1. If the international community does not genuinely support the moderate Muslims, how can they take on the extremists among their ranks?

    It is a call for moderates, be they Muslims, Christians or Jews to stand united against the extremists and hate-mongers among us!

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