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Pakistan: Christian assassinated

After Pakistan's only Christian cabinet member, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated March 2, Samuel Azariah, presiding bishop of the Church of Pakistan, said the country's Christian community considers itself "absolutely unsafe."

Bhatti, a Roman Catholic, was minister for religious minorities. He was slain outside his Islamabad home by gunmen who left pamphlets saying Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaida killed Bhatti for opposing the country's blasphemy law.

That law imposes the death penalty for those accused of speaking against the Prophet Muhammad.


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