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Pakistani Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, who has been calling for changes in the country’s controversial blasphemy law, was killed in a gun attack in Islamabad on Wednesday, a hospital official said.

Police said the shooting had taken place in an Islamabad neighbourhood and were still confirming whether Bhatti, the only Christian in the Pakistani cabinet, was the intended target.

The anti-blasphemy law has been in the spotlight since November when a court sentenced a Christian mother of four to death.

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On Jan. 4 the governor of the most populous province of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who had strongly opposed the law and sought presidential pardon for the 45-year-old Christian farmhand, was gunned down by one of his bodyguards.

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A security official gestures towards the bullet car of slain Pakistani Minister for Religious Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, outside the emergency ward of a local hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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The car of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani minister for minorities affairs, is seen after his assassination.

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The car of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani minister for minorities affairs, is seen after his assassination.

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The car of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani minister for minorities affairs, is seen after his assassination.

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Plain-clothed security and police officers investigate the site of Pakistan Minority Minister, Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination near his mother’s home.

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Police arrive at the scene of Pakistan Minority Minister, Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination near his mother’s home.

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A mourner weeps as she leaves the home of Pakistan Minority Minister, Shahbaz Bhatti’s mother after his assassination.

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A mourner weeps as he leaves the home of Pakistan Minority Minister, Shahbaz Bhatti