On January 4, a group of people gathered for a candlelight vigil at Liberty Chowk in Lahore to commemorate the death anniversary of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. It will be recalled that Mr Taseer was murdered by his own security guard, because of his stance on the blasphemy laws. The guard was arrested, tried and sentenced to death and has achieved a darkly iconic status. The peaceful event by members of civil society was interrupted by men wielding batons. Those policemen who were present merely looked on. Video footage of the men committing the attack clearly showed their faces, their identities known, and was quickly circulating on social media.