LAHORE: Former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer Shaheed has been honoured with the Martin Luther King Jr Peace Award for his endless efforts in promoting human rights, peace and humanity.
On behalf of the late Salmaan Taseer, the award was received by his widow Mrs Amna Taseer, their daughter Shehrbano Taseer, daughter-in-law Maheen Taseer, and First Capital Equities Ltd CEO Mian Ehsanul Haq at a ceremony on Friday. Muslim-Christian Fellowship International Chairman Dr Zia Mahmood and Anwarullah Khan handed over the award to the Taseers.
Salmaan Taseer is the first non-American to receive the Martin Luther King Jr Award. Since 1979, the annual award honours those who make a significant contribution to the furtherance of Martin Luther King’s non-violent approach to transforming racial, economic and social injustice.
Salmaan Taseer, throughout his life, had been supporting minorities and struggling for human rights and humanity in Pakistan. He was assassinated in 2011 for supporting a Christian woman who was falsely implicated in a blasphemy case, for which the court had awarded her death. Salmaan Taseer took her case to the president of Pakistan for relaxation in punishment.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Zia Mahmood said that Salmaan was a man of courage who had always helped the depressed and the poor. He said that the sacrifices rendered by the late Governor for the sake of peace, tolerance, social justice and human rights could not be forgotten. He was of the view that Salmaan Taseer’s mission and legacy would remain alive because of his sacrifice. He said that it was a matter of honour for him to present the award to the family of Salmaan, who had devoted his life to the people.
Anwarullah Khan said that God had provided him a chance to do something for those who had sacrificed their lives for others, and the award was just a way to honour them. “We are here to pay tribute to Salmaan Taseer through this award, for he has [through sacrificing his life] kept alive love, peace, justice and humanity.”
Mian Ehsanul Haq said that Salmaan was a generous, selfless, simple and happy man who cared not about money, but humanity. Salmaan’s vision was that Pakistan should be a country where justice prevailed and everyone – regardless of race, ethnicity or religious beliefs – be treated equally, Ehsan added. “We will continue Salmaan’s legacy.”
Source: Daily Times