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Posted on Sat 8 January 2011

Guardian: The alien narrative behind Salmaan Taseer’s murder

The premeditated and brutal murder of Salmaan Taseer, governor of the Punjab, by one of his own bodyguards raises some frightening questions. How, for example, did a soldier with a known affiliation to an ideologically extreme – albeit allegedly non-violent – organisation ever get recruited to an “elite” force that protects prominent politicians? How did he get himself assigned to security duty for one of the country’s most progressive politicians soon after the latter had made a forceful intervention in the case of Asia Bibi, the Christian farm-worker accused of blasphemy against the prophet of Islam?

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