March 2nd, 2011
03:45 AM ET

Critic of Pakistan blasphemy law shot and killed

A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday

Shahbaz Bhatti, the federal Minister of Minorities Affairs, was gunned down in Islamabad Wednesday morning, Pakistani police and hospital officials said.

Bhatti, who in the past had been critical of Pakistan's blasphemy law and was a Christian member of Pakistan's cabinet, once said "I am ready to sacrifice my life for the principled stand I have taken because the people of Pakistan are being victimized under the pretense of blasphemy law."

It was not immediately clear why Bhatti was killed, but in the past officials have been targeted for opposing Pakistan's blasphemy law.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Islam • Pakistan • Religious violence • Violence

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