ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Taseer's Omen

Salman Taseer's assassination shows how entrenched the religious right has become in Pakistan's polity.

The recent assassination of Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province and one of the leading members of its ruling Pakistan Peoples’ Party, has focused much attention on the dangerous political and security conditions in that country. Not only was Taseer killed by one of his own guards, Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, but the assassin appears to have had the tacit support of all the other guards in the security detail who were in the know of this assassination plan and did nothing to stop Qadri while he shot Taseer a few dozen times. It has been well known that the security establishment in Pakistan has been closely linked with the Islamic militants. This incident, however, is a shocking illustration of a recent trend where the Islamic militants are no longer merely puppets of the security establishment but rather have infiltrated it enough to set their own agendas.


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