A Pakistani government minister was assassinated overnight by the Taliban in the country’s capital, according to Xinhua news.The minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, was in charge of minority affairs. That post deals with Pakistan’s communities that are not Muslim, and their interplay with the larger population. Bhatti was a Christian.
The Taliban claim the attack was the result of Bhatti’s move against Pakistan’s blasphemy law, which sentences anyone to death who derides the Islamic religion, according to Reuters.
This is the second Pakistani official killed for opposing the law in 2011.
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