Mumtaz Qadri did not even look Salmaan Taseer in the eye when he shot him. He did not have the courage to face him; he did not have the courage to explain his betrayal because he has no courage at all. He is a coward, and a traitor
Salmaan Taseer’s assassination is an infinitely tragic event in so many ways; for his family and friends, for Punjab, for the PPP, for human rights, and perhaps above all for the much-beleaguered state of increasingly undemocratic and violence-prone Pakistan. That a politician could be killed for opposing what is obviously an unjust law is mind-numbing; that the killer would be praised by vast numbers of the religious right is demented. Intimidation, threats, calls to murder, this is what political life is about now in Pakistan. As always, violence only further emboldens cowards, who kill and threaten where they cannot reason and convince. Meanwhile, the government cowardly opposes any change to the Blasphemy law, once again hoping against all hope that appeasement will pacify the furious madmen who, literally, call the shots, when it so obviously has the exact opposite effect. Violence and cowardice seem to be the order of the day in Pakistan these days.