The Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was shot 26 times in an open street, as he exited a coffee shop. The assassin was his own bodyguard.
We Indians are no strangers to such an event but it is the reason behind the murder, which is raising eyebrows.
Taseer was murdered because as a liberal, he felt that the death penalty was too harsh for the crime of insulting Islam. He was actively campaigning to lower the punishment to imprisonment in his nationâ€™s famous blasphemy laws.
But such a thought was deemed to be too insulting by his fellow Pakistanis and, as per the widely accepted and approved norm, he paid for his transgression with his life.
His murderer, meanwhile, was being garlanded on his way to court.
Image: In this Nov. 20, 2010 file photo, Salman Taseer, right, Governor of Pakistani Punjab Province, listens to Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, left, at a prison in Sheikhupura near Lahore, Pakistan. Taseer was shot dead on Jan 4, 2011, by one of his guards in the Pakistani capital, apparently because he had spoken out against the country's controversial blasphemy laws. (Photograph copyright AP)India 'shocked' over Taseer's assassination | Salman Taseer's assassinator finds 'fans' on Facebook