Pak minorities term slain liberal politician Taseer as 'Shaheed-e-Haq'

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Islamabad, Jan 10 (ANI): The minority communities in Pakistan have termed slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer as 'Shaheed-e-Haq' for his outburst against the extremist forces, and for protecting the rights of minorities in the country.

The minorities observed Sunday as the 'Solidarity Day' to pay tribute to the assassinated liberal politician for raising a voice for their rights.

Under the aegis of the Minorities Affairs' Ministry, congregations were held all over Pakistan, where special prayers were offered for the salvation of Taseer and for solidarity of the country in condemning Taseer's assassination.

They also condemned the fanatic forces that wanted to sabotage peace and derail the democratic process in the country.

One such gathering was held at Fatima Church in Islamabad, where Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti was the chief guest.

The Christian community, human rights activists and people from different walks of life participated in the event. A huge gathering of people showered rose petals and lit candles in front of a massive portrait of late Salmaan Taseer.

"We have gathered here to pay tribute to the daring services of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer for raising a voice for the minorities," said an aged woman Nasreen Bibi.

"The governor was a brave person who dedicatedly worked for the rights of oppressed, and he was the foremost politician who talked about elimination or to amend Blasphemy Laws in the country that are being wrongly used for exploitation of minorities in particular," she added.

Ishaque Masih, a Christian, said that Taseer's killing was a ruthless act indeed, and that it would create chasm between the liberal and fanatic forces in larger extent.

"This would not be helpful for the nation as the country is already facing multiple crisis," he said, adding he has offered special prayers not only for the governor but also for peace and prosperity and progress of the country. (ANI)

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