Salman Taseer, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Salman Taseer

Pakistani politician

Date of Birth: 31-May-1944

Place of Birth: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Date of Death: 04-Jan-2011

Profession: writer, businessperson, politician, entrepreneur, chartered accountant

Nationality: Pakistan

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Salman Taseer

  • Salman Taseer (Urdu: ????? ??????; (1944-05-31)31 May 1944 – 4 January 2011) was a Pakistani businessman and a liberal politician, who served as the 26th Governor of Punjab from 2008 until his assassination in 2011.A member of the Pakistan Peoples Party since the 1980s, he was elected to the Punjab Assembly from Lahore in the 1988 election, however lost in 1990, 1993 and then in 1997.
  • Taseer served as a minister in the caretaker cabinet of Prime Minister Mian Soomro under Pervez Musharraf during the 2008 elections.
  • He was appointed as the governor of Punjab on 15 May 2008, by then-President Musharraf at the request of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
  • During his governorship, he emerged as an outspoken critic of the Pakistan's blasphemy laws and consequently called for the pardon for Asia Bibi.Born in Shimla in British India, Taseer studied at the St.
  • Anthony's School and the Government College in Lahore before moving to London where studied accountancy at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
  • In 1994, Taseer established a brokerage house backed by the Smith Barney and in 1996 he founded the Worldcall Group.
  • He later in 2000s ventured into media, launching Business Plus and Daily Times.On 4 January 2011, he was assassinated at the Kohsar Market in Islamabad by his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri, who disagreed with Taseer's opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law.
  • The Guardian described Taseer's murder as "one of the most traumatic events in recent Pakistani history." A nationwide three-day state of mourning was held in Pakistan, Taseer's funeral prayers where held as the Governors House in Lahore.
  • Taseer's son, Shahbaz, was kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban in 2011, before being released in 2016, a few months after Taseer's murderer was hanged.
  • Taseer's other son, Shaan, is a leading critic of the country's blasphemy law.

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