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Fifth Death Anniversary of Salman Taseer on Monday


The fifth death anniversary of former Governor Punjab Salman Taseer will be observed tomorrow.

Mumtaz Qadri had assassinated former Salman Taseer in Islamabad over blasphemy issue.

On October 07, 2015, Supreme Court upheld the death sentence to key suspect Mumtaz Qadri while rejecting his appeal against the judgment of Islamabad High Court in Salman Taseer murder case.

Salman Taseer was a Pakistani businessman and politician who served as the 26th governor of the province of Punjab from 2008 until his assassination in early 2011.

Political Career:

Salman Taseer started his political career as a student and became a member of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) soon after the party was founded by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on November 30, 1967.

He took active part in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) in 1985.

In the 1988 general elections, Taseer became a member of the Punjab Assembly from Lahore and served as Deputy Opposition Leader while in the 1990, 1993 and 1997 general elections; he contested for a seat in the National Assembly.

In 2007, he was appointed the interim Federal Minister for Industries, Production and Special Initiatives in the caretaker cabinet of former Prime Minister Muhammad Mian Soomro in 2007-08.

He was also the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the First Capital Securities Corporation and World call Group.

On 15 May 2008, Taseer was designated for the office of Governor Punjab by the PPP-led coalition government.

Personal Life:

Salman Taseer was married to Aamna Taseer and the two resided in Lahore. Salman had six children, three from his first marriage and three from the second.  The names of the children are: Shahbaz, Sheharyar, and Sheharbano, Shaan, Sara and Sanam.

Taseer was known to be one of the trusted aides of Benazir Bhutto. He was a class fellow of Nawaz Sharif at Saint Anthony School, Lahore. He had obtained a degree in Chartered Accountancy from London.

Salman Taseer was the son of Muhammad Din Taseer, popularly known as M.D. Taseer, who is the first Ph.D. degree holder in the Sub-continent.

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