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The governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province has been shot dead by one of his bodyguards.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik says Salman Taseer was gunned down in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, early Tuesday because of his outspoken opposition to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. The minister says Taseer’s killer is in custody and has confessed.
Taseer was a high-profile member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, and a close ally of Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari. His killing is the most high-profile assassination in Pakistan since former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed in December 2007.
Taseer opposed Pakistan’s blasphemy law, and the attack on him comes days after religious parties staged protests against any government plans to change the law. Officials have said the government is not changing it.
The blasphemy law received international attention after a Christian woman was sentenced to death in November by a court on charges of insulting Islam.