National Action Plan: Shaan Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor, faces police case and fatwa over ‘hate speech’

04:43 PM | 31 Dec, 2016
National Action Plan: Shaan Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor, faces police case and fatwa over ‘hate speech’
LAHORE – Wishing Christmas to the blasphemy accused, Aasia Bibi, has landed the son of slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer in a huge trouble.

The Punjab Police, under the National Action Plan (NAP), yesterday registered a case against Shaan Taseer under Section 295-A for allegedly committing hate speech.

On the Christmas Day, Shaan had released a video message wishing all the Christians in Pakistan, especially blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi. In the video, shared by Christian Times on social networking website Facebook, Shaan had criticised the misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan and expressed his solidarity with blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi, and Nabeel Masih, another Christian boy accused of blasphemy.

Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old mother of five, has been languishing in jail since June 19, 2009 after being convicted of blasphemy during an argument with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water in a village near Nankana Sahib.

Shaan’s father and governor of Pakistan’s biggest Punjab province, Mr Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated on 4th January 2011 by his own bodyguard over the same issue of blasphemy. Using his own interpretation of blasphemy, Mumtaz Qadri, the elite police commando, mercilessly shot Taseer dead in the heart of capital Islamabad. He was later executed for the crime on 29 February this year.

case against Shaan Taseer

Soon after the video went viral, an application was moved against Shaan by Mujahid Abdul Rasul of the religious organisation Sunni Tehreek with the Lahore's Mughalpura Police.

A police official at Islampura Police station told Daily Pakistan Global that the FIR has been registered against an 'unidentified' man in the video they found in a USB outside the station. Since they don't know who the person was, they have therefore named an unknown person.

"We couldn't recognize the man in the blasphemous video, and we registered the FIR against an unidentified man. It was only later that we found out that it was Shaan Taseer, son of Salman Taseer," the police official said.

Meanwhile, SHO Islampura Nasir Hameed preferred to not confirm whether it was Shaan Taseer or not. "We didn't register the FIR against Shaan Taseer. It was actually against an unidentified man in the video. For identification, we need his CNIC and he should be present here to confirm," Nasir added.

The SHO further maintained it was not ethically right to name Shaan Taseer. "We are not in a position to say anything more than this," he added.

Meanwhile, Sunni Tehreek also issued a Fatwa against Shaan for allegedly committing blasphemy as well as apostasy.


The Fatwa alleges that Shaan, in the video, had called for prayers for Aasia Bibi and Nabeel Masih, and therefore, committed apostasy and blasphemy. The Fatwa further declared Shaan a "Wajib-ul-Qatal" (Liable to death) under Islamic law.


Speaking to Daily Pakistan Global, Shaan said the police officials were being pressurized by Sunni Tehreek. "Of course they know it's me. They didn't chance upon the video.  It was thrust into their hands by the Sunni Tehreek," Shaan held.

Responding to SHO's claims that they needed a CNIC to confirm his identity, Shaan quipped: "Maybe that explains why they haven't registered a case for hate speech against Abdul Aziz, they didn't have Abdul Aziz s CNIC number."

Shaan said he has called the DIG Lahore and his lawyer has contacted the SHO Islampura. He said, "they [police officials] were guarded, unable to speak, telling my lawyer they were busy and finally said they are under pressure."

"Then they gave my lawyer a lecture on how I shouldn't have done this shararat (mischief)," Shaan added.

"They haven't listened to my lawyer, they are dancing around playing busy."

"The Punjab police have, in the past, failed to take action against hate speech when it has kicked them in the face like a horse. One is mildly and tragically amused at the alacrity they have shown at the hate they found in a Christmas message," Shaan said while repsonding to the allegations

Here is the allegedly blasphemous video:


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Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.

Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 6 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.7  286.75 
Euro EUR 309  312 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 361  364 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.6 78.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.58 766.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.93 40.33
Danish Krone DKK 41.41 41.81
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.49 36.84
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 923.13 932.13
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.97 61.57
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.89 177.89
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.68 26.98
Omani Riyal OMR 740.01 748.01
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.36 79.06
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.45 27.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.09 8.24

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Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 6 December 2023

On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100. 

Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.

In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Karachi PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Islamabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Peshawar PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Quetta PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sialkot PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Attock PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujranwala PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Jehlum PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Multan PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Bahawalpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Gujrat PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nawabshah PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Chakwal PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Hyderabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Nowshehra PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Sargodha PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Faisalabad PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625
Mirpur PKR 219,400 PKR 2,625


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