Lahore (Staff Report): Punjab Police have registered a case against Shaan Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, under Section 295-A for allegedly committing ‘hate speech’.

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.

Meanwhile, Sunni Tehreek also issued a Fatwa against Shaan, declaring him a “Wajib-ul-Qatal” (Liable to death) under Islamic law.

Shaan’s father and governor of Punjab, 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.

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.