Minorities in Pakistan will be defended: Bilawal

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Bilawal Bhutto
London, Jan 11: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto condemned the assassination of Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province for seeking changes to the blasphemy laws.

Condemning violence in the name of Islam, he said, "To those who are praising or justifying these crimes, I say: you along with the killers of Shaheed (martyr) Salman Taseer are the real blasphemers."

At a memorial ceremony in London for the slain Salman Tasheer, Bilawal, who is also the chairman of Pakistan's ruling party said, "To the Christian and other minority communities in Pakistan, we will defend you." He added, "Those who wish to harm you for a crime you did not commit will have to go through me first."

Qadri, the assassin has been raised to a hero's status by the lawyers and public. These developments have forced many liberal thinkers in Pakistan to cow down.

Bhutto said, "The assassination of Shaheed Salman Taseer is not about liberals versus conservatives or moderate versus radical Islam. It is about right and wrong."

Currently studying in England, Bhutto vowed to continue to tread the path laid by his mother and grandfather and said, "I will not be silenced by fear."

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