Another Assassination: Pakistani Minister Gunned Down

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(Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)

The bullet-riddled car of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani minister killed in Islamabad on Mar. 2, 2011.

Shabaz Bhatti, a Christian who opposed the country’s blasphemy laws, was shot and killed in Islamabad on Wednesday morning. It was the second such killing this year.

A Taliban spokesman said Bhatti’s killing was “a message” to those who oppose Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, reports CNN.

Over at Global Spin, TIME’s Aryn Baker argues that the blasphemy laws are tearing Pakistan apart.

(More from Read about the assassination of Salman Taseer.)