Wednesday, 5 January 2011

A sad day for Pakistan

The shocking murder of Salmaan Taseer is a sad day for Pakistan.

He was killed because of his outspoken defence of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who is facing the death sentence under the country's infamous blasphemy laws.

These laws are often used to as a means to persecute religious minorities and restrict freedom of speech.

It is right they should be revoked or revised and Salmaan Taseer was brave and principled to campaign against them.

His murder further highlights the worrying growth of religious extremism in Pakistan. His death is a blow to all those who wish to see a Pakistan which respects freedom of expression.