Daughter of slain politician happy to call Singapore home

Daughter of slain politician happy to call Singapore home

Singapore - Watching her at work, one would probably put Madam Sara Taseer down as a regular jeweller and businesswoman.

She speaks in gentle tones to a client over the glass cabinets within her plush, carpeted jewellery boutique at the Hilton Hotel Shopping Gallery.

But her cool and reserved demeanour belies the story of the scion of one of Pakistan's most prominent families, who has now settled down in Singapore.

"I don't know why your readers would have an interest in me," laughs the mother of three children, aged 13, 10 and five.

But she has been the centre of scrutiny for international publications.

Madam Taseer, 43, is the firstborn of the late Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated two years ago.

After some persuasion, she reveals a riveting life of drama, politics and passion.

She had an early introduction: At 12, she was already taking to the streets to fight for women's rights in her home country and she remembers spending a night in jail because she was speaking out for the freedom of the press.

Her father, an advocate for democracy and minority rights in Pakistan, was constantly in and out of jail, as well as in exile. Her mother, a high-profile state lawyer, still lives in Pakistan.

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