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March 23, 2023

Pakistani minister killed over stance on blasphemy law

A Pakistani government minister who had said he was getting death threats because of his opposition to a controversial blasphemy law was shot to death Wednesday. Shahbaz Bhatti was the only Christian member of the Cabinet in Pakistan, where 95 percent of people are Muslim. He served as the government’s Minister of Minority Affairs, CNN reports. He was shot and killed in Islamabad on Wednes­day morning, Pakistani police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility. “Assassination of Bhatti is a message to all of those who are against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws,” said Ihsanullah Ihsan, a Taliban spokesman.

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