Strongly condemning the assassination of Governor of Pakistan's Punjab Province Salman Taseer by one of his security guards, Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali said on Thursday that attacking and killing people in the name of religion was not the path ordained by the Koran.

In a statement, he said:

“The extremists might have been upset with Mr. Taseer for his support to a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, but they could always have joined issue intellectually and not resorted to killing, which is not the way of the Noble Koran and the authentic sayings [Hadith] of the Holy Prophet.

“Islam preaches tolerance, forgiveness, peace and non-violence and condemns extremism and fanaticism. A true Muslim should strictly adhere to the religion and not indulge in violent behaviour, which is against the tenets of Islam.”

Hard-core miscreants had crossed all limits of civilised conduct in attacking and killing innocent people, and through such acts, they would earn nothing but the wrath of God. Any person/persons or group that attempted to rule the world through aggression and atrocity could not thrive, he pointed out.

“The Almighty God commands in the Noble Koran to respect and honour human life and not to kill human beings and thereby commit excesses on earth,” he said.

The Nawab called upon people to “unequivocally condemn the brutal killings of human beings by extremists and fanatics and not to fall victim to such acts and desist from giving any quarter to acts of inhumanity, violence or revenge in the name of religion.”