Salmaan Taseer Assassinated by Own Guard in Islamabad

Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Pakistan’s largest province, was assassinated in Islamabad by one of his security force protectors Tuesday, officials said.

A report by the Associated Press of Pakistan said that the Punjab governor was shot while riding in his motorcade through a market district in the nation’s capital.

Police official Mohammad Iftikhar told AP that Taseer was shot by a member of his own guard, who later surrendered to the police. Five others were wounded in relation to the Islamabad attack.

Taseer, a senior member of the ruling party (the Pakistan Peoples Party), was against Pakistan’s blasphemy law. The attacker said he disagreed with Taseer’s opposition to the policy.

He was rushed to Polyclinic in a critical condition before he died, the News Tribe reported. He had been shot 27 times.

Meanwhile, more violence erupted in the southwestern city of Turbat when a school bus near a girl’s school was bombed, UPI reports. Five children were wounded, one of them critically. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

On Monday, five ostensibly politically motivated murders took place in Karachi, UPI said. A violent mob spilled into the streets and set fire to to buses, a rickshaw and a hotel after a local politician was gunned down.

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