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Pakistani minister assassinated

Shabaz Bhatti was Pakistan’s only Christian minister


 

Pakistan’s Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, the country’s only Christian minister, was shot dead on Wednesday in an ambush in Islamabad. Bhatti, 42, was on his way to work from his mother’s house when gunmen attacked his car, spraying it with bullets. While Bhatti had received a number of death threats before because of his faith, which fundamentalists in Pakistan see as a violation of the country’s blasphemy law, his car did not have a security escort. A Punjab-based branch of the Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban Punjab, took responsibility for the attack, and left pamphlets at the scene of the crime. Shahbaz Bhatti is the second Pakistani politician killed this year for his efforts to reform the country’s blasphemy law. In January, Punjab’s governor Salman Taseer was shot by one of his own bodyguards.

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Pakistani minister assassinated

  1. This assassination, the second within recent weeks, of a progressive and moderate voice inside Pakistan is an omen, a canary warbling in a coalmine rife with the toxic and explosive gas of Islamist rage. It's sad that the U.S. and other Western leaders won't heed the signs and make a quick course correction. U.S. drone attacks in which ordinary Pakistani civilians are slaughtered amd whose deaths are chalked up as just so much "collateral damage" would be a good place to start.

  2. This assassination, the second within recent weeks, of a progressive and moderate voice inside Pakistan is an omen, a canary warbling in a coalmine rife with the toxic and explosive gas of Islamist rage. It's sad that the U.S. and other Western leaders won't heed the signs and make a quick course correction. U.S. drone attacks in which ordinary Pakistani civilians are slaughtered amd whose deaths are chalked up as just so much "collateral damage" would be a good place to start.

  3. Heartbreaking, both for his family and for his country.

  4. Heartbreaking, both for his family and for his country.

  5. A very dark path and future for a nation birthed and milked on hate. Sad thing is, the silent moderates are just as complicit and guilty of this crime. If they can't find their collective voices against these hateful idiots very soon, they will find freedom slipping through their hands, and they have no one to blame other than themselves. It is so sad to see how a country let religion rot its society from inside out. The saddest thing is, they never even realize it… yet.

  6. A very dark path and future for a nation birthed and milked on hate. Sad thing is, the silent moderates are just as complicit and guilty of this crime. If they can't find their collective voices against these hateful idiots very soon, they will find freedom slipping through their hands, and they have no one to blame other than themselves. It is so sad to see how a country let religion rot its society from inside out. The saddest thing is, they never even realize it… yet.

  7. Religious cleansing in the Islamic countries steadily continues, but usually our media doesn't report much of it.

  8. Religious cleansing in the Islamic countries steadily continues, but usually our media doesn't report much of it.

    • That's what makes it even sadder.

  9. That's what makes it even sadder.

  10. And these people have nuclear weapons!

  11. And these people have nuclear weapons!

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