Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s Life in a Glimpse

Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who was shot dead in an attack at Kohsar Market here Tuesday, was appointed Governor on May 15, 2008.

He was 64.

Salman Taseer belonged to a respectable and intellectual family and he had obtained a degree in Chartered Accountancy from London.

He was the son of Muhammad Din Taseer, popularly known as M.D. Taseer, who was the first Ph.D. degree holder in the Sub-continent. Taseer started his political career as a student and became a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) soon after the party was founded by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on November 30, 1967.

Salman remained as PPP Information Secretary and won the MPA seat in Punjab on Pakistan People’s Party ticket in 1988 and remained as Deputy Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly.

Taseer also served as a minister for commerce and industry in the caretaker cabinet of former Prime Minister Muhammad Mian Soomro in 2007-08. He took an active part in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) in 1985.

He was also the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the First Capital Securities Corporation and Worldcall Group.

In the 1988 general elections, Taseer became a member of the Punjab Assembly from Lahore while in the 1990, 1993, and 1997 general elections; he contested for a seat in the National Assembly.

In 2007, he was appointed the interim Federal Minister for Industries, Production, and Special Initiatives in the caretaker administration of Muhammad Mian Soomro.

Taseer set up several chartered accountancy and management consultancy firms early in his career. In 1994 he established the First Capital Securities Corporation (FCSC).

He founded the Worldcall group with a payphone network in 1995. Taseer also owns an English news channel in Pakistan and the first kid’s channel.

He was the close aide of Benazir Bhutto and companion of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Yousaf Salahuddin. He was also a class-fellow of Mian Nawaz Sharif in Saint Anthony School Lahore.

Taseer married Aamna Taseer and the two resided in Lahore. He is survived by his widow and six children: Maryam, Shehryar, Shahbaz, Sara, Sanam, and Shehr Bano.

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