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Religion of Peace – Christian Pakistani Minister Shot Dead

The Pakistani minister for minorities has been shot and killed in an attack in Islamabad.

Shahbaz Bhatti, who was the only Christian in the Pakistani cabinet, appears to have been the victim of a targeted attack.

The minister had been a leading campaigner for changes to Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law.

Islamabad police inspector Wajid Durani said the minister was returning home when his car was stopped by up to four unidentified gunmen.

They opened fire on the government car killing the minister. The driver was also injured in the attack.

Police who are investigating the murder recovered 25 bullets from the scene of the attack.

Minister Bhatti was not travelling with any guards at the time even though he was entitled to a two car police escort.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the killing pamphlets were found at the scene attributed to the Pakistani Taliban warning of the same fate for anyone opposing the blasphemy laws.

The Vatican condemned the killing calling it an “unspeakable act of violence”.

Earlier this year the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who was also calling for a change to the anti-blasphemy law was shot and killed by one of his own guards.

After Taseer’s murder, Bhatti said he had also received death threats but vowed to carry on.

In November last year a Pakistani court used the anti-blasphemy law to sentence a Christian mother of four to death by hanging.

Shahbaz Bhatti had met the family and passed on a plea for clemency.

Christians are the largest religious minority in Pakistan where 95% of the population is Muslim.

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March 2, 2011 - Posted by | Christianity, Christians, Democracy, EXTREMISM, Extremists, Fundamentalism, islam, Islamists, Militant Islam, Murder, Muslim, Muslims, Muslims Terrorists, Pakistan, Religion of Peace, Religiously intolerant, Terrorists |

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