Friday, 26 August 2011


We 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.

Thanking you,

  1. Kuldip Nayar             Journalist                                                Delhi
  2. Mahesh Bhatt            Film Maker                                             Mumbai
  3. Jatin Desai                Journalist                                                 Mumbai
  4. Kamla Bhasin           SANGAT                                               Delhi
  5. Seema Mustafa        Journalist                                                  Delhi
  6. Vrinda Grover           South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR)  Delhi
  7. Varsha Berry             Focus on theGlobal South                        Mumbai
  8. Ritu Dewan               Professor                                                  Mumbai
  9. Mazher Hussain       COVA                                                     Hyderabad
  10. Ramesh Yadav         Folklore Society                                       Amritsar
  11. Sukla Sen                  Ekta                                                       Mumbai
  12. Asad Bin Saif            BUILD                                                   Mumbai

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