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Guest blog by Talkhaba

These are two out of many pictures of Salman Taseer, Governor Punjab. Salman Taseer has his own way of life. Every one knows well about this guy and his personal and social life. To him and his son Shehryar Taseer Life means Wine and women. We have nothing to do with their personal life but once one occupies any public office his personal become public. This is why according to the constitution of Pakistan

  1. There shall be a Governor for each Province, who shall be appointed by the President [96A] in his discretion [97] after consultation with the Prime Minister. And
  2. A person shall not be appointed a Governor unless he is qualified to be elected as member of the National Assembly and is not less that thirty-five years of age [98]

Who is qualified to be elected as MNA?

The constitution set these prerequisites for the membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament); A person shall not be qualified to be elected or chosen as a member of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) unless :-

  • (a) he is a citizen of Pakistan;
  • (b) he is, in the case of the National Assembly, not less than twenty -five years of age and is enrolled as a voter in any electoral roll in- 
  • (i) any part of Pakistan, for election to a general seat or a seat reserved for non-Muslims; and
  • (ii) any area in a Province from which he seeks membership for election to a seat reserved for women. 
  • (c) he is, in the case of Senate, not less than thirty years of age and is enrolled as a voter in any area in a Province or, as the case may be, the Federal Capital or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, from where he seeks membership; 
  • (d) He is of good character and is not commonly known as one who violates Islamic Injunctions; 
  • (e) He has adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and practices obligatory duties prescribed by Islam as well as abstains from major sins; 
  • (f) He is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate and honest and ameen;

Thus, under the constitution of Pakistan, Salman Taseer, being the governor of Punjab should not have been what can be seen in the constitution. These pictures make him illegible for the office of governor hence shall be immediately removed. Now the question arises who will remove him? Look, again here we miss independent judiciary.


  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    zara nazar rakhiay ga, Talkhaba to nehien hay
    aas pass ??

  • Barrister Ali K.Chishti |

    I personally think that genuinely personal aspects of the life of a politician should indeed be granted the protection of privacy. So in this respect the politician is no different from anyone else. But the peculiar ethical demands of political life mean that this protected area is smaller for politicians and furthermore, not very secure. The privacy of a politician is always liable to be under scrutiny and what is to be regarded as private depends on the politician’s own wishes is not acceptable. It would make politicians judges in their own cases, whereas empirical studies of corruption show that politicians are very poor at drawing an ethically acceptable line between public life and what is properly private. So although the blogers community were justified in posting Governor’s pictures with the drinks but absolutely, broke all forms of decency by producing his family pictures since personal aspects of the life of a politician should indeed be granted the protection of privacy.

    Politicians should have their personal lives protected only on the assumption that the way they behave in their lives – the character, principles, attitudes, beliefs and virtues they display are not only quite distinct from but are also greatly superior to their behavior and character in their private lives. While the Blogers fraternity should understand that publication of information or images about someone’s / anyone’s private life without that person’s consent is only acceptable where there’s a “legitimate public interest overriding the right of privacy’. Even politicians is entitled to respect for his or her privacy except where circumstances relating to his private life could affect the performance of his duties or public confidence in him or his position……

    Very dispassionately, so where the blogers broke all norms of decency and ethics by putting up picture’s of ST’s family they are somewhat legitimate in posting the pictures with the glasses minus his kids pictures.

    I also want to add that the Punjab’s Law Minister should be sacked for publicly ridiculing a member of a family – this is not a way atleast a law minister should act.

  • dr.jawwadkhan |

    @barrister sahib!
    do you remeber the details of bill clinton/monica liwinski scandle and it’s after math,investigations and televised apology to the nation.
    if the secular,liberal and moderate country have some moral standards for their president, why can’t we(islamic republic of pakistan) have.
    every body know that demand of privacy for politicians is not due to pudency which every muslim pakistani have but rather due to obscenity,nudity and rampant corruption which govern their lives.

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @ Chishti Saheb bari door ki Kaurri doondh laey !

    Subhanallah, kia kehnay hay,

    ” Punjab’s Law Minister should be sacked for publicly
    ridiculing a member of a family ”

    its too harsh and exaggerated, I wonder if

    that Minister was MQM’s in Sindh, he would have been

    assissinated already alongwith his whole family just

    after a Telephonic call from London.

    Agatha Christie forgot her last novel

    ” murders, ordered on telephone “

  • Barrister Ali K.Chishti |

    The argument is on: two wrongs does not make one right – lines. When PML-N claims to be on a higher moral standing then Salman Taseer then the act yesterday of the Punjab Law Minister (who in principle should be the a role model since he is heading the law ministry) was equally condemable and embarrasing for his masters in Raiwind Palaces but “principles”, “ethics” and “morality” are non-existant in anyone’s dictionary in Pakistan : be it politicians, generals or commons – so why just blame one party? This is hypocracy….I see an inevitable influence of class interests upon even the noblest of political ideals. It is impossible for this reason ever to rely altogether on reason or conscience in politics. Pressure must be put. It if is gradually applied and the new standard of justice is gradually approximated there is always a possibility that who lose privileges in the process will accept the loss voluntarily. If they should fail to be convinecd by it’s justice, and if only the threat of political powe should secure their acquiescene, their children may regard it as an established standard of society. So our society should move toward the goal of equal justice by gradual and evolutionary processes not the way Islamists and Communists in Pakistan propagates that would lead to total collapse of system.

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @ you are mixing oranges with Bananas !

    verbal manners, with ethics, morality ?

    che khoob !!!

  • khanani |

    Jeay PPP,

    Jeay Bhuttoo, sada jiey.

    as the idiot said “Democracy is the best revenge”…..now I understand what that meant…..

  • Don_quixote |

    This is whats wrong with this country.. not that politicians drink or their daughters socialize with men (SHOCKING!) but that we as a nation would rather focus on the dumbest most inane issues rather than on what matters. With all the problems thats facing this country, does stuff like this really matter… ( i know most of the halfwits on this forum will reply saying that immoral leaders like salmaan taseer are the reason for all our other problems, but hes not)…people like zardari, nawaz sharif and the bhuttos etc are more of a problem because they’re corrupt and plunder the nations wealth.. salmaan taseer made all his money legitimately by opening successful businesses that employ thousands of people. He donates his governors salary to the poor, pays his taxes and spends his own money on his lifestyle which includes the bottles of wine (a fact for those that were asking).. If anyone asks him the source of his wealth he can show the accounts of his companies, something that zardari cant do.. we need competent people like him and imran khan who have a proven track record more than the dimwitted backward mullahs in our government because if he can become a billionaire from being dirt poor on his own than maybe he can help the dire situation of our economy… if the quaid were alive today theres no guessing which side he’d choose.. p.s. all the asshole mullahs on this forum should piss off to afghanistan and live in caves and keep their daughters and sisters veiled and locked up and be happy with their shariat law…dont come crawling back when you get sick of eating rocks..

  • Rafay Kashmiri |

    @ Don_QUIXOTE,

    The Fu…g bastards are,






    Charsi, Bhangis

    rich, baap ka maal, honest or stolen,

    Batilans agents


    Boot-lickers, Balls-"bearers"


    Sexual pervert and morally corrupt

    Rishwat khor ( in the blood)

    slave businessmen

    left overs of Angrez

    unqualified pendoos

    expert in frauds

    thieves and pickpockets

    Grand thugs

    Murderers, burrying women alive

    and they are ruling us !!!! God-damn-it !!!!!

  • TZ |

    I’ve more or less gone through the comments and I just wanted to say that I agree with Hamza. I really hope that we as a nation can move on from nosing around in the personal lives of politicians. Their political track record is infinitely more important.