LAHORE: The assassination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer has been condemned worldwide. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday condemned the assassination of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, calling his death "a great loss."
"We strongly condemn the assassination today in Pakistan of Punjab Provincial Governor Salman Taseer," Clinton said in a statement.
"I had the opportunity to meet Governor Taseer in Pakistan and I admired his work to promote tolerance and the education of Pakistan's future generations. His death is a great loss," the chief US diplomat said.
"Our deepest sympathies are with Governor Taseer's wife and children," she added.
France on Tuesday condemned the assassination of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, hailing him as a man known for his "courage in defending democratic institutions."
"France firmly condemns the assassination on Tuesday of the governor of Punjab Salman Taseer. Governor Taseer was a political personality of the highest order," deputy foreign ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages said.
The United States said Tuesday that the assassination of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was a "great loss" because he was trying to stabilize his country.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will offer Washington's condolences to Hussain Haqqani, the Pakistani ambassador to Washington, when she meets him later Tuesday, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
"From our standpoint, his death is a great loss. He was committed to helping the government and people of Pakistan persevere in their campaign to bring peace and stability to their country," he added.
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has expressed his deep grief and condolences over the assassination of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer.
"I am deeply saddened by the assassination of Governor Taseer. On behalf of the United States, I offer my condolences to his wife and children," said Cameron Munter.
Speaking about the assassination of Salman Taseer, Ambassador Munter said, "He had the courage of his convictions and was a champion of tolerance. His death is a great loss to the people of Pakistan," says a US Embassy press release issued here Tuesday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the assassination of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province calling it a blow to the country.
"The secretary general condemns the assassination today of the governor of Punjab province," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky. The official, Salman Taseer, was shot dead by a bodyguard opposed to his criticism of blasphemy laws.
Ban called the governor "a prominent leader whose death is a loss for Pakistan."
People from all walks of life including politicians, civil society, trader unions and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan have condemned the tragic death of Salmaan Taseer, while expressing deep sense of sorrow and grief over the sad demise.
The PPP’s Punjab Leadership, members of provincial cabinet including Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah and leaders of other political parties while condemning the assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer demanded exemplary punishment for the accused involved in the murder conspiracy.
In their separate statements, PPP’s Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, Secretary Information, Dr. Fakhruddin Ch, Secretary Finance, Aurangzeb Burki and Additional Secretary Dr. Hasnaat Shah termed governor’s murder a big loss for the PPP and demanded arrest of those who masterminded his assassination.
Speaker Punjab Assembly, Rana Muhammad Iqbal, Senior Punjab Minister, Raja Riaz, provincial Ministers, Rana Sana Ullah, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Dr. Tanvirul Islam, Ch. Abdul Ghafoor, Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Kamran Michael, Member Provincial Assembly Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri and Dr. Saeed Elahi have expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the assassination of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer.
Senior PPP leader and Chairman Evacuee Property Trust Board, Syed Asif Hashmi held a condolence meeting at his residence and condemned late Taseer’s murder in strongest words.
In their separate condolence messages, all ministers and PPP leaders prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.