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January 4, 2011

Pakistani Governor shot dead by his own bodyguard

Topics: Understanding Islam

From the AP: The governor of Pakistan's wealthiest and most populated province was shot dead by one of his bodyguards, who told interrogators he was angry over the governor's opposition to blasphemy laws:

The governor of Pakistan's powerful Punjab province was shot dead in the capital Tuesday by one of his own guards, who later told interrogators afterward that he was angry about the politician's stance against the country's blasphemy law, officials said.

The killing of Salman Taseer was the most high-profile assassination of a political figure in Pakistan since former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007, and it rattled a country already dealing with crises ranging from a potential collapse of the government to a virulent Islamist insurgency.

The killing could also add to concerns about inroads by Islamist extremists and fundamentalists into Pakistan's security establishment and represented another blow to the country's Pakistan's embattled secular movement.

As Kisan notes over at, Islamic terror has claimed a big scalp...

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Posted by Richard at January 4, 2011 5:02 PM

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