Death Sentence in Slaying of Pakistani Governor
From the New York Times:
â€œTodayâ€™s judgment is a positive development whereby norms of justice have prevailed. Pakistan cannot be allowed to become a vigilante society and the state â€” its judges and prosecutors â€” need to uphold the law,â€ said Raza Rumi, a political analyst and columnist in the eastern city of Lahore.
â€œHowever, the saga is far from over due to the various appeals that will be filed and the political mobilization that may be undertaken by right wing parties who support Qadriâ€, Mr. Rumi said. â€œLocal mediaâ€™s muted coverage of the sentence is reflective of the fear factor and the polarization within the society which includes media personnel.â€
The killing of Mr. Taseer highlighted the deep and dangerous polarization that exists in Pakistani society.