PPP leaders feel anti-democratic forces working against party

Some leaders of the ruling PPP contended that Punjab Governor Salman Taseer`s assassination for opposing the country`s blasphemy law.

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2011, 20:46 PM IST

Lahore: Some leaders of the ruling
Pakistan People`s Party on Wednesday contended that Punjab Governor
Salman Taseer`s assassination for opposing the country`s
blasphemy law showed that "anti-democratic forces" were
conspiring against the party`s top leadership.

"Taseer`s murder carries a message for President
Zardari," a senior PPP leader, who did not want to be named,
said.

Some leaders, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
said "anti-democratic forces" were conspiring against the PPP
and the President, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and other
high-profile personalities of the party.

These personalities would have to take extra measures
for their security, the leaders said.

In a related development, the federal Interior
Ministry today asked the four provincial governments to submit
records of police officials assigned to guard VIPs and VVIPs.

Taseer was gunned down in a market in Islamabad
yesterday by one of his guards who was angered by the
Governor`s criticism of the blasphemy law.

Taseer had also earned the ire of religious hardliners
after he spoke out in defence of a Christian woman sentenced
to death last year for insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

PTI