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On March second, Pakistan minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad. It was a shockingly violent attack, but it was not necessarily a surprising one. 
Bhatti had been speaking out against the country’s blasphemy laws, which are meant to protect Islam, but have often been used to target religious minorities.    
Attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan have been on the rise in the past few years, as the power of Islamic extremists has increased. In June 2009 I traveled to Pakistan to investigate the situation for minorities there. 

On March second, Pakistan minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was gunned down in broad daylight in the capital Islamabad. It was a shockingly violent attack, but it was not necessarily a surprising one. Bhatti had been speaking out against the country’s blasphemy laws, which are meant to protect Islam, but have often been used to target religious minorities. Attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan have been on the rise in the past few years, as the power of Islamic extremists has increased. In June 2009 I traveled to Pakistan to investigate the situation for minorities there. 

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Date: 16/03/2011

Countries:

Pakistan

Categories:

Violence/Conflict
Law/Legislation
Religion/Religious minorities

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Name: Jared Ferrie

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