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Prominent Indians condemn Taseer murder

January 8, 2011

Over 70 prominent Indian intellectuals, activist, actors and artists have endorsed the following statement, released to the media today, on January 8, 2011


New Delhi: We are shocked by the killing of the Governor of the province of Punjab in Pakistan, Salman Taseer by a member of his bodyguard force. He had dared to support Asia Bibi sentenced to death for having committed Blasphemy according to the infamous Blasphemy law of Pakistan.

He was one of the liberal and democratic voices in Pakistan who have been fighting for the repeal of this reprehensible law. More appalling than the killing is the cynical and vocal support of a section of the society of Pakistan to the killer of Governor Taseer. We are worried by the trend of increasing religious intolerance in Pakistan and feel that if not fought with resolve and courage, it might lead to a deathly silence in Pakistan for a long, long time to come.

While concerned for the safety of democratic and progressive voices we are equally worried for the general well being of the common people of Pakistan and express our solidarity with them.

1. A Kamila, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Chennai
2. Aban Raza, artist, Delhi
3. Aijaz Ilmi – Journalist – Delhi
4. Aijaz Zaka Syed – Journalist – Dubai
5. Ali Javed, University of Delhi
6. Arjimand Hussain Talib, Writer-columnist, Kashmir
7. Arjumand Ara, University of Delhi, Delhi
8. Arshad Ajmal, social activist, Patna
9. Barkat ul Nisa Kamili, Student, Kashmir
10. Basharat Hussain ,Human Rights Activist, Jammu
11. Dr. Sarkar Haider – Doctor – Bareilly
12. Dr.Mohd.Arif,Centre for Harmony and Peace,Varanasi
13. Faiz Raza, Computer Engineer, Delhi
14. Faizan Haider Naqvi, Entrepreneur, Delhi
15. Farhat Amin, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Cuttack
16. Farida Khan – Professor, University of Wisconsin, US
17. Farukh Shaikh, Actor, Mumbai
18. Gauhar Raza, scientist, filmmaker, poet, Delhi
19. Haider Naqvi, HT Bureau Chief, Kanpur
20. Hanif Lakdawala, social activist, Gujarat21. Hasan Kamal, Editor, Sahafat Daily, Lucknow
22. Hassan Kazim – Journalist – Delhi
23. Hozefa Ujjaini, Aman Samudaya ,Gujarat
24. Imtiyaz Hussain,Civil Servant,Srinagar
25. Inder Salim ,Artist , Delhi
26. Iqbal Niazi, Delhi
27. Irfan Engineer, Social Activist, Mumbai
28. Ishrat Jamil – Theatre – Delhi
29. Jamal Kidwai, Director Aman Trust, Delhi
30. Jamil Malik – Entrepreneur – Delhi
31. Kamran Siddiqui – Service – Noida
32. Kashif-ul-Huda, Editor,
33. Khatun Shaikh, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Mumbai
34. Mantasha Binti Rashid, ANHAD, Kashmir
35. Mohd Kazim, University of Delhi, Delhi
36. Muhammad Tauqeer – Business – Delhi
37. Mushir ul Hasan, academician, Delhi
38. Muzaffar Bhatt, RTI Activist, Srinagar, Kashmir
39. Nagma Shaikh, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Bangalore
40. Nasiruddin Haider Khan, journalist, Delhi
41. Nazim Naqvi – Journalist – Delhi
42. Noorjahan, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Mumbai
43. Nusrat Sheikh, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Osmanabad
44. Prof.Nadeem Hasnain, Professor & Head Department of Anthropology, Lucknow University,
45. Rashida Ansari, grassroot activist, Gujarat
46. Raza Imam – Educationist – Gurgaon
47. Rehan Haider – Service – Bareilly
48. Rizwan Shahid – Media – Delhi
49. Sadiq Naqvi – Hardnews Magzine – Delhi
50. Safiya Akhtar, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Bhopal
51. Sania Hashmi, filmmaker, Delhi
52. Seema Mustafa, journalist, Delhi
53. Shabir Hussain Senior journalist Srinagar Kashmir
54. Shabnam Hashmi, Social Activist-ANHAD, Delhi
55. Shafiq Mahajir, advocate, Hyderabad
56. Shaheen Nazar, Journalist, Aligarh
57. Shahid anwar, playwright, Delhi
58. Shaiq Ali Khan, Banker, Dubai
59. Shama Zehra Zaidi-Filmmaker-Mumbai
60. Sharmila Tagore, actress, Delhi
61. Sheba George, Social Activist, Gujarat
62. Sofiya Khan, Director Safar, Gujarat
63. Sohail Hashmi, filmmaker, writer, Delhi
64. Syed Hassan Kazim, Journalist, New Delhi
65. Syed Zulfeqar – Business – Rae Bareli
66. Tanveer Hussain Khan, social activist, ANHAD, Srinagar, Kashmir
67. Tauhid Alam, Business, India
68. Wasi Haider, Professor and Chairman, Dept of Physics, Aligarh
69. Zaheer Anis – Lawyer – Lucknow
70. Zakia – Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Bangalore, Delhi
71. Zoheb Kamal, Content Editor, New Delhi
72. Zoya Hasan, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi


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One Comment leave one →
  1. Ruqaiya Hasan permalink
    January 11, 2011 6:04 am

    Excellent move. I support this petition without reserve. To safeguard law and order in Pakistan, the judiciary must take action NOW to stop un-authorized citizens from illegally taking the law in their own hands. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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