PRESS RELEASEWe express deep shock and concern over the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer, son of Salman Taseer, late Governor of Punjab (Pakistan), who was assassinated on January 4th 2011 for his views on the controversial Blasphemy Law. Shahbaz and his family had been receiving threats from the Taliban and other militant groups since they belonged to the Taseer Family. He was abducted today in daylight from Lahore, while driving, from a street adjacent to his office at M M Alam Road. Abductors intercepted his car and took him away at gunpoint.
It must be pointed out that last week the cleric who conducted the funeral prayers for Salman Taseer has been forced to flee the country, following threats.
We appeal to the Pakistan Government to leave no stone unturned to rescue Shahbaz Taseer. At this juncture, we all express our solidarity not only with the Taseer family but also with all Pakistani citizens fighting for a liberal democratic society.
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