Concerned Citizens of Pakistan (CCP) strongly condemn the brutal killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, ostensibly in the name of ‘Namoos e Rasalat,’ by his own security guard who was known to be a religious extremist. In fact there can be no greater blasphemy in the eyes of Islam
than the killing of innocents in the name of the Holy Quran or the Prophet (PBUH). We must unite as a nation to eradicate the intolerance and extremism that has penetrated our society. We must recognize that although we have a right to disagree with the views held by anyone, there can be absolutely no justification for any individual taking the law into his own hands.
Respect for law is the cornerstone of a civilized society. We urge the
media to inculcate in viewers the need to respect the Rule of Law, and urge all thinking individuals not to remain silent, but to call upon the government to immediately take measures to prevent the misuse of the blasphemy law, and to create awareness among the public about the need for
tolerance and the dangers brought about by abuse of law, particularly in the name
of our religion Islam, which is first and foremost a religion of peace.
Concerned Citizens of Pakistan (CCP)