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Poll: 76%. Reality: .00005%
Originally posted by gladtobehere
I am not commenting on motive.
In the past two months he had received dozens of death threats for taking up the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. He championed her cause, taking her case to the president, and led calls for reform of the blasphemy laws.
Hardline religious leaders accused him of being a pawn of the West and warned he would face a fatwa if he continued his campaign.
Witnesses said Salman Taseer, 56, the governor of Punjab province, was killed by a gunman in a police uniform at a small market close to his home in the capital.
ISLAMABAD — The governor of Pakistan's powerful Punjab province was shot dead in the capital Tuesday by one of his guards, who told interrogators afterward that he was angry about the politician's stance against the country's blasphemy law, officials said.
An intelligence official interrogating the suspect, identified as Mumtaz Qadri, told The Associated Press that the bearded elite force police commando was boasting about the assassination, saying he was proud to have killed a blasphemer.
Originally posted by Maslo
reply to post by gladtobehere
Poll: 76%. Reality: .00005%
Not everyone who agrees with these laws have to go to the protests to keep them. Simple as that. The activists are a minority in every opinion group, and their number does not reflect the number of actual supporters of the opinion very well. You are comparing apples and oranges - number of recent activists with number of all supporters. Basic statistical and mathematical mistake.
Lets see for example abortion debate:
How many pro-life activists going to the pro-life protests and actions are in the US? I dont know the actual number, but I doubt its even 1% of the whole population. And yet most americans (46%) are pro-life according to opinion polls. Explain that with your logic.
activists =/= supportersedit on 5/1/11 by Maslo because: (no reason given)
Five hundred Pakistani religious scholars said that anyone who expressed grief over the assassination of Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab province, could suffer the same fate.
The scholars praised the "courage" and religious zeal of the killer, saying his action had made Muslims around the world proud. Pakistani officials said they were investigating whether the killing was part of a wider conspiracy.
The blasphemy laws have widespread support in a country that is more than 95 percent Muslim, and most politicians are loath to be seen as soft on the defense of Islam. Taseer, however, was an outspoken critic.
"More than 500 scholars of the Jamaat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat have advised Muslims not to offer the funeral prayers of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer nor try to lead the prayers," the group said in a statement.
"Also, there should be no expression of grief or sympathy on the death of the governor, as those who support blasphemy of the Prophet are themselves indulging in blasphemy."