‘My Father Died for Pakistan’: An Examination of Religious Extremism

Shehrbano Taseer, daughter of the ex-Punjab governor Salman Taseer, gives a speech at the Middle East Institute as to the consequence of speaking out for religious minorities in a fundamentalist Pakistan. Salman Taseer was gunned down by his own bodyguard in 2011, after his public opposition to Pakistan’s draconian law in relation to the case of Asia Bibi; who has been on deathrow since 2009/2010 after challenging those opposed to her drinking from a local well; on the basis of her Christianity.

Shehrbano draws attention to the fact that those who dare challenge, criticise and stand against Pakistan’s Blasphemy laws risk their lives, as evidenced in the murders of Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti (a Christian who was Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs).






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