Governor’s postmortem report given to investigators – Bullet in neck caused Taseer’s death


ISLAMABAD – The Executive Director Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Mahmood Jamal Wednesday handed over the final postmortem report of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s murder to Muhammad Gulfaraz, a sub-inspector of Kohsar Police Station.
ED PIMS also gave the only bullet removed from the Governor’s body to sub-inspector Gulfaraz along with an x-ray. A doctor at PIMS said that the bullet would be sent to forensic science laboratory Lahore for examination.
The postmortem report said that the bullet that hit Salman Taseer at neck was the main cause of his death and despite the fact that he was shot 29 times, his heart remained undamaged.
A doctor who performed the autopsy of slain Punjab Governor on condition of anonymity told Pakistan Today that the whole body of late PPP leader was badly riddled with bullets.
He said they removed only one bullet from his body, which he said they could trace but there were at least 45 bullet wounds (entry and exit wounds included) on the body. “His liver, kidneys, stomach, large and small intestines and lungs were ghastly wounded but his heart remained unhurt. It was the governor’s body that was brought to Polyclinic Hospital after he had died,” he added.
While talking to Pakistan Today Dr Waseem Khawaja, a PIMS spokesperson said that according to the final postmortem report, all the bullets had hit the governor on his back and exited from his torso.
Dr Sharif Astori, spokesperson of Polyclinic Hospital said the initial postmortem of Salman Taseer was done at polyclinic, but due to the lack of equipment, the body was later shifted to the PIMS.
A four-member team conducted the postmortem comprising three doctors of Polyclinic Hospital and one from the PIMS.
Dr Javed, a member of doctors’ team that performed the autopsy said that the governor had been shot from a distance of four feet.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, following the news of Taseer’s assassination, dozens of Pakistan People Party (PPP) charged workers thronged the Polyclinic Hospital. They smashed the doors of Male Observation Ward to have a glimpse of their leader’s remains.
A large number of politicians including Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the hospital to express solidarity with the PPP workers. However, upon his arrival the outraged activists chanted slogans against him and the Government of Punjab.
The activists dubbed Punjab Law Minister Rana Snaullah as ‘plotter of the killing’.
Other PPP leaders who went to Polyclinic Mortuary included Minister for Law and Justice Babar Awan, Nabeel Gabol, Faisal Raza Abidi, Dr Firdos Ashiq Awan, Miniter for Defence, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi and PML-N’s Shaid Khakan Abbasi.