Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s murder has been the topic of a news analysis by Xinhua taking stock of the deepening Pakistani political crisis. It paints a stark picture and underscores China’s concern over the ascendence of extremist forces in Pakistan. Expressions used include: “growing trend of extremism”; “fast growing intolerance in Pakistani society”; ST’s murder should be “an eye opener for those religious leaders who are promoting extremism.” Reference to the existence of rogue elements within the Pak security agencies is exceptional. Overall assessment seems to be that PM Gillani’s (”beleagured prime minister”) time is up.
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