Governor Punjab laid to rest with full state honors

Security personnel carrying the coffin of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer.

LAHORE: Governor Punjab Salman Taseer was laid to rest at Cavalry grave yard on Wednesday with full state honors amidst tears and sorrows of his loved ones.

Governor Salman Taseer was assassinated on Tuesday by one of his own security guards in Kohsar Market Islamabad. The killer named Mumtaz Qadri has confessed that he killed the Governor due to his open support for blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi. On Tuesday night, his dead body was brought to Lahore on a C-130 airplane, and shifted to his residence at Cavalry Ground.

Salman Taseer’s body wrapped in National Flag was laid to rest with full state honour.

Earlier the funeral ceremony of Governor Salman Taseer has been held at Governor’s House, Lahore.

The funeral prayers were led by Allama Afzal Chishti, General Secretary Ulema wing of PPP’s Punjab chapter.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Senate Chairman Farooq.H Naek, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Water&Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Information Minister Qamaruz Zaman Kaira, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah, Law Minister Babar Awan, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, State Minister Samsam Bukhari, Latif Khosa advocate, and a large number of PPP followers attended the funeral.

Son of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer laying flowers on the grave of his father

Others include: 6 members of MQM including Babar Ghauri, Haider Abbas Rizvi; Manzoor Wattoo, PML-Q’s Chaudhry Zaheerud Din and PML-N’s Nadeem Kamran and ANP delegation led by Federal Minister Ghulam Bilour. Intellectuals, businessmen and city elite were also among the attendees of the ceremony

President Asif Ali Zardari was represented by his sister Faryal Talpur. While Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif did not attend the funeral ceremony as he was stopped by PPP senior Minister Raja Riaz on security grounds.

Moving scenes were witnessed at the Governor House as the PPP followers and supporters chanted slogans for the deceased while holding PPP’s flag. Around 4, 000 policemen were deployed to maintain law and order across the city.

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