Wed January 5, 2011

Reaction To Pakistani Politician's Assassination

The killing of a Pakistani politician Tuesday has deepened the country's already fragile political and religious tensions. Salman Taseer, the liberal governor of the powerful Punjab province, was a critic of the national law that carries a death sentence for those found to have insulted Islam. Deep anger about that opposition is apparently what motivated his suspected killer -- one of his own bodyguards. Steve Inskeep talks with Rashid Rahman, editor of Pakistan's Daily Times -- a newspaper that Taseer owned and published -- about the implications of the assassination. Rahman says it has sounded an alarm for "the liberal and democratic and progressive forces" in Pakistani society to unite and show as much effectiveness as the "right-wing, extremist and jihadi parties."

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