Pakistan’s only Christian government minister assassinated

March 2, 2011 07:05

Gunmen shot dead Pakistan’s only Christian government minister on Wednesday for challenging a law that mandates the death penalty for insulting Islam, the second top official killed this year over the blasphemy law.



Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility for killing Bhatti, with a Taliban spokesman saying the minister was a blasphemer.

The law has been in the spotlight since last November, when a court sentenced a Christian mother of four to death.

On January 4, the governor of the most populous province of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who had strongly opposed the law and sought a presidential pardon for the 45-year-old Christian farmhand, was killed by one of his bodyguards who had been angered by the governor’s stand.


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