Huge pressure 2 cow down
The murder of Salman Taseer just fills me with rage and disgust. I don’t have anything more intelligent to say about it.
Just a month ago we were reading about him:
Hundreds of Islamist hardliners took to the streets of Pakistan’s main cities yesterday in support of the country’s prejudicial blasphemy laws and against two leading politicians they have threatened for speaking out against the persecution of a Christian woman. At rallies in Karachi, Lahore and other cities, the crowds of protestors warned the political class against any attempt to amend or repeal the laws. They also chanted slogans denouncing Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab, and Sherry Rehman, a liberal parliamentarian.
Mr Taseer and Ms Rehman were singled out for speaking out against the treatment of Aasia Bibi…
But Mr Taseer refused to give in, as I noted at the time:
Mr Taseer responded with characteristic insouciance. “It doesn’t bother me,” he said. “Who the hell are these illiterare maulvis to decide to whether i’m a Muslim or not?” Earlier, he tweeted: “Tomorrow mullahs r demonstrating against me…Thousands of beards screaming 4 my head.What a great feeling!”
Brave and funny, and the malevolent reeking bastards who hated him for saying a woman shouldn’t be killed for belonging to an outsider religion have shut him up. It makes me sick.
Salman Rushdie told me on Facebook that Taseer’s last Twitter post 4 days ago said
“I was under huge pressure 2 cow down b4 rightist pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I’m the last man standing.”
Which makes me want to scream.