The name of the guard who carried out the attack has been confirmed as Malik Mumtaz Qadri.
Saba Imtiaz: According to Rehman Malik, Salmaan Taseer’s guard shot him because he called the blasphemy laws a ‘kala qanoon‘.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik will head the enquiry into Governor Punjab’s assassination.
Karachi has been put on high alert after the attack.
Syed Ali reporting for Express 24/7 confirmed that Governor Punjab has been pronounced dead. Initial reports suggest Taseer received a critical head injury.
The Governor of Punjab was leaving his residence in Islamabad when one of his guards shot him in the chest.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani have condoled over the death of the Punjab Governor.
An eyewitness, while speaking to the police, has provided his account of how the gunman aimed at Taseer and shot him.
The alleged suspect ‘Qadri’ was allegedly part of Rawalpindi’s elite force, Express 24/7 reported.
The suspect is being held and interrogated by Rawalpindi police.
The hospital says the Governor received nine bullets.
Attackers were part of the governor’s convoy, witnesses say.
Police source say they have arrested a suspect in the attack.
Zulfiqar Mirza, Sindh Home Minister Qaim Ali Shah, as well as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shahbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack.
The governor died on the spot, according to governor house spokesman Farrukh Shah.
According to initial reports, unidentified persons fired upon the governor’s convoy and he was shifted to the Polyclinic hospital for treatment.
Witnesses said that two uniformed personnel attacked him.