LAHORE: The Human Rights Champion honoured with the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award as an act of paying homage to his efforts for promotion of peace and human rights.
The assassinated Former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has been acknowledged as a Human Rights champion thus honoured with the Martin Luther King Jr Peace Award seeing his daring efforts for the sake of Human Rights promotion.
On behalf of the late Salmaan Taseer, the prestigious award was received by his widow Mrs Amna Taseer, their daughter Shehrbano Taseer, daughter-in-law Maheen Taseer, and Mian Ehsaan ul Haq-CEO First Capital Equities Ltd. at a ceremony on Friday November 29. The award was presented by Dr. Zia Mehmood Chairman Muslim-Christian Fellowship International and Anwar Ullah Khan.
What is noticeable is, that Salmaan Taseer is the first ever non-American to receive the Martin Luther King Jr Award. Ever since 1979, the annual award has been bestowed to those who make a momentous input to the continuance of Martin Luther King’s peaceful approach for the make over of ethnic, monetary and communal wrong. Salmaan Taseer, earnestly supported minorities in Pakistan throughout his life, toiling for human rights and humanity in Pakistan. As a consequence, he was gun down in 2011 for supporting a Christian woman who was fallaciously implicated in a blasphemy case, and faced Capital punishment. Salmaan Taseer, who was the Governor of Punjab at that time, raised her issue with the President of Pakistan for relaxation in her punishment.
Dr Zia Mahmood, while addressing the assemblage at the award ceremony said that, “Salmaan was a man of courage who had always helped the depressed and the poor. The sacrifices rendered by the late Governor for the sake of peace, tolerance, social justice and human rights could not be forgotten. Salmaan Taseer’s mission and legacy would remain alive because of his sacrifice. 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 added,” 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 maintained,” 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. We will continue Salman’s legacy.