LAHORE: The Women’s Action Forum strongly condemned the murder of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer on Sunday.
Taseer’s principled stand for justice was deliberately and maliciously distorted by extremist elements in the country in the pursuit of their own political ends, a press release said. Incitement to violence in the name of religion has become widely prevalent in the country and the state has failed in its duty to curb this mischief, it said.
The murder of Salmaan Taseer is part of a strategy adopted since the time of Zia-ul-Haq to misuse religion in order to undermine democratic dialogue and to establish religious autocracy. This is unacceptable in a Muslim majority country as no particular group should be allowed monopoly over religious views.
The forum called for strong and effective laws in this country to hold accountable elements that are deliberately provoking and inciting violence in the name of religion. This is critical for safeguarding the right to life and security of the people of Pakistan, it added. “It is high time for political forces to play their role and take responsibility to steer the nation on the right path rather than succumbing to pressure from mischievous elements” … (full text).