PPP strongly condemns assault on civil society members in Lahore for paying homage to Salman Taseer

Call for arrest and punishment to culprits
Islamabad January 5, 2015: Pakistan People’s Party strongly condemns the act of vandalism by some fanatics against the participants of a gathering of civil society members to pay homage to the memory of former Governor Shaheed Salman Taseer on his birthday on January 4 in Lahore.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the criminal assault on the peaceful gathering of members of civil society members demonstrated the creeping malaise of religious extremism and intolerance that afflicted our country today and which the PPP denounces in the strongest possible terms
The PPP demands arrest of the culprits and punishment to them under the law, he said.
The PPP rejects religious extremism and militancy in the name of religion which is threatening the state and society and is determined to resist the fanatics and extremists.
He said that the PPP has always paid homage to Shaheed Salman Taseer for his courage to say an emphatic no to bigotry and fanaticism and will continue to do so.
Salman Taseer embraced martyrdom but refused to concede to the self appointed custodians of religion a self assumed right that they alone have the prerogative to understand and interpret the word of Allah, he said.
The memory of Shaheed Salman Taseer will continue to be honored even in distant age and clime by all those men and women who believe in humanity and tolerance and reject bigotry. The arrest and punishment to the culprits is a test case for the government to demonstrate that it really means to take the bull of extremism by the horns, he said. Failure to do so will only show that the regime is running with the hare and hunting with hound.

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