Police complaint filed in Taseer killing case

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan police registered a complaint Wednesday in connection with the killing of Punjab province governor Salman Taseer, a media report said.

According to Geo News, the complaint was registered in Kohsar police station with Taseer’s son Shehryar Taseer as the complainant.

Taseer, a vocal critic of Islamist militancy in Pakistan, was shot dead in a posh area in Islamabad Tuesday by one of his guards who said he killed him for opposing blasphemy laws.

Guard Mumtaz Quadri, who belonged to an elite security agency, gave himself up to the authorities after gunning down the politician he was supposed to protect as the victim walked towards his car from a cafe frequented by foreigners and wealthy Pakistanis.

Taseer collapsed as nine bullets tore into him, including some which pierced his chest and neck.

His body was Wednesday laid to rest with national honours at the Cavalry Ground in Lahore city.

Funeral prayers were held at the Governor House where thousands of people, including government officials, politicians, foreign diplomats and other dignitaries attended.

Zardari, who could not attend the funeral, sent his sister and parliamentarian Faryal Talpur to represent him at the funeral.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Interior Minister Rehman Malik, among others, attended the funeral at the Shuhada Cemetery in the Cavalry Ground by the side of martyrs of Pakistan Army.

The national flag is being flown at half-mast Wednesday at all government buildings and offices in Pakistan. The federal government Tuesday declared three-day mourning for Taseer.

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