Salmaan Taseer: Governor of Punjab and outspoken defender of minority causes

Speaking up for minorities came easy to Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of Punjab who was brutally assassinated by his own bodyguard last Tuesday. Half a century before he took up the cause of Aasia Noreen, a poor Christian woman facing a death sentence for blasphemy that she never committed, Taseer and his childhood friends resolved to protest the death sentence of Jimmy Wilson, a poor African-American.

Wajid Shamsul Hasan: Taseer's assassination is a great loss for Pakistan

The assassination of the Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer is a great loss for the Pakistani nation, the Pakistan People's Party, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and the government. He was brave, courageous and daring—a great man who spoke for the rights of the people including minorities. He was totally committed to the high democratic ideals and the egalitarian vision of [Pakistan's founder] Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.

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Garlands for killer as Punjab leader is buried

Salmaan Taseer, the outspoken Pakistani politician who took a public stand against bigotry and discrimination and paid with his life for doing so, was buried yesterday with state honours amid tight security.

Governor who opposed blasphemy laws is shot dead

The Governor of Pakistan's largest province was shot dead by one of his own bodyguards yesterday, apparently in protest at his stand against controversial blasphemy laws.

Leading article: Another step closer to the abyss

Even by the grim standards of Pakistan's recent years, these are dark days. The murder of the governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, an outspoken opponent of the country's draconian blasphemy laws, is not only a shocking event in itself. It also removes from the public stage one of the few men in high office who was prepared to stand up for what he believed in and call for these odious laws to be reformed. Now it is clearer than ever the price that can be paid by those who are ready to take on extreme Islamists. Mr Taseer's successor as governor may be less willing to be so forthright in confronting the clerics and their many supporters.

Guard kills governor of Pakistan's Punjab province

The governor of Pakistan's central Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling party, was shot dead by one of his bodyguards in Islamabad today, plunging the country into a new political crisis.

Islamists fight efforts to save 'blasphemer'

Hundreds of Islamist hardliners took to the streets of Pakistan’s main cities yesterday in support of the country’s prejudicial blasphemy laws and against two leading politicians they have threatened for speaking out against the persecution of a Christian woman.

Omar Waraich: Cruel laws that encourage the persecution of minorities

"Nothing is going to happen," insists Salmaan Taseer, Governor of Punjab. Asia Bibi, the Christian woman accused of blasphemy, will not suffer a death sentence; he says it will be struck down by the higher courts. But Taseer adds: "Nevertheless, it is a disgraceful episode. It's an embarrassment for Pakistan."

UK police investigate death of British woman in India

Detectives prepare evidence for prosecutors three years after Londoner was found dead in Punjab in unusual circumstances

Bomb at Sufi shrine kills at least five

A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded at the gate of a Sufi shrine in Pakistan during morning prayers yesterday, killing at least five people.

Design heritage of Le Corbusier's Indian vision is carved up for sale

When Jawaharlal Nehru commissioned the French architect Le Corbusier to build the city Chandigarh he proclaimed it as the embodiment of a newly independent India “unfettered by the traditions of the past, a symbol of the nation’s faith in the future”.

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IPL in disarray as major teams are banned for 'irregularities'

The world's largest and most successful cricket tournament, the Indian Premier League, was in turmoil last night after officials expelled two of its most successful teams amid allegations of corruption.

Tendulkar falls just short as Johnson sparks fightback

Mitchell Johnson hastened an abrupt India collapse yesterday with his sixth five-wicket haul in Test cricket to give Australia a 23-run first-innings lead at the end of day three in the first Test in Mohali. Replying to Australia's first-innings total of 428, India were cruising merrily at 354 for four before losing six wickets in the final session of the third day to fold for 405.

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