Indian delegates pay rich tributes to Salmaan Taseer

Condole former Punjab governor’s death with his family

An Indian peace delegation, headed by renowned journalist Kuldip Nayar, paid rich tributes to former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer for his meritorious services for the country and raising voice for the rights of minorities.

The delegation, which comprised filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, Tajindar Singh Jogi, journalist Jatin Desai, peace activist Ramesh Yadav, Delhi-based peace activist Mazhar Hussain, paid rich tributes to the slain former governor and offered its heartfelt condolences to his children, Shahbaz Taseer and Shehrbano Taseer, at their residence. Madiha Gauhar of the Ajoka Theatre, Syeda Deep of the Institute of Secular Studies, human rights activists Muhammad Tehseen and Aftab Ahmed accompanied the Indian delegation.

Kuldip Nayar expressed solidarity with the family of Taseer and lauded his unmatchable humanitarian services.

Mahesh Bhatt condoled with Shahbaz Taseer the death of his father and also shared with him the memories of an occasion when his late father had extended unflinching support to him (Bhatt) when he was shooting a film in Murree. “This is something which suddenly came to my mind the moment I heard of the sad news of Taseer’s assassination,” Bhatt said.

Ramesh Yadav said that they wanted better bilateral ties between India and Pakistan.

Mazhar Hussain, while expressing solidarity with the Taseer family, said that they were really worried for all that had happened in Pakistan.

Shahbaz Taseer thanked the Indian delegation for its consolation and said that his father loved the country and nation very much and had been the greatest ambassador of Pakistan. He said his father always believed in peace and was a brave man, who laid down his life for the people.

Shehrbano Taseer said that her father was the only loud and progressive voice in the country against social injustices. “Hundreds of people used to come and meet him for their problems, which he always listened to carefully and tried to solve them,” she added.

Source: Daily Times



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