Marking eleven years since Salman Taseer’s assassination, messages of commemoration were shared across Twitter since the past two days, memorialising the former Punjab governor’s indomitable legacy.
The late governor was remembered as a “brave voice” who “courageously” defended the rights and livelihoods of minorities across Punjab and Pakistan.
Drawing from some of the former Governor’s impassioned speeches, many shared clips from Taseer’s interviews, including his son Shahbaz Taseer.
Taseer’s controversial and violent death sparked a rift within Pakistan. To many, his death was indicative of the extremist and ‘violent’ mindset that had taken hold over Pakistan and emboldened those who had supported the Governor’s murderer.
One user lamented, “Unfortunately we are living in era where a terrorist Mumtaz Qadri [can] become a hero, while murdering Governor Punjab Salman Taseer!”
Salman Taseer was murdered in Islamabad on this day, January 4, 2011 at age 65 by his then body guard, Mumtaz Qadri, for his vociferous defense of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, as well as his vehement critiques on the nation’s blasphemy laws.
Born in 1944, Taseer began his career as a businessman before pivoting to politics. He was a prominent figure in the Pakistan People’s Party and served as the Governor of Punjab from 2008 until his death.