by Moody Adams “Gunmen shot and killed Pakistan's government minister for religious minorities on Wednesday, the latest attack on a high-profile Pakistani figure threatened by Islamist militants for urging reform of harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam,”reports MSNBC.
Earlier this year, Punjab Province Govenor, Salman Taseer, was killed for opposing the blasphemy law. Many Pakistanis celebrated his death.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but private Pakistani TV channels showed pamphlets at the scene of the killing that were attributed to the Pakistani Taliban warning of the same fate for anyone opposing the blasphemy laws.
Human Rights groups have been strongly opposed to Pakistan’s blasphemy since late last year when a 45-year-old Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad. It is the goal of Islam to install the Shariah laws worldwide.