Roses for Pakistan Governor's Killer
LAHORE, Pakistan — Lawyers showered the suspected killer of a prominent Pakistani governor with rose petals when he arrived at court Wednesday and an influential Muslim scholars group praised the assassination of the outspoken opponent of laws that order death for those who insult Islam.ROPMA h/t HinduIDF Others:
Punjab. Gov. Salman Taseer's killing has sent tremors through the ranks of Pakistan's already embattled progressives and rights activists. Thousands gathered to mourn the politician at his funeral in the city of Lahore. Taseer was shot dead Tuesday, allegedly at the hands of one of the men assigned to protect him — police commando Mumtaz Qadri, 26, who police say confessed to killing Taseer because of the politician's opposition to strict blasphemy laws As Qadri made his first appearance in an Islamabad court, where a judge remanded him in custody, the hero's welcome he received illustrated Pakistan's growing identity crisis as fundamentalist Islam has spread here over the years, forcing even secular political parties to curry favor with the religious right. A rowdy crowd slapped Qadri on the back and kissed his cheek as he was escorted inside the court. Lawyers not involved in his case tossed rose petals, while hundreds of sympathizers chanted slogans in his favor and one gave him a flower necklace. More than 500 clerics and scholars from the group Jamat Ahle Sunnat said no one should pray or express regret for the killing. The group representing Pakistan's majority Barelvi sect, which follows a brand of Islam considered moderate[there's the moderate word again...ed], also issued a veiled threat to other opponents of the blasphemy laws.
[....]Azam Tariq, spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, called reporters and expressed "happiness" at Taseer's death and said other "religious parties should also be happy." Tariq said, "Qadri was no scholar but he committed this act after listening to the fatwas of senior scholars."The Talibanisation of Punjab continues...