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    Default Pak minister Shabaz Bhatti shot dead in Islamabad

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    Pakistan's Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a vocal critic of the controversial blasphemy law, was on Wednesday shot dead by gunmen who ambushed his car near his residence in Islamabad , the second high-profile politician to be assassinated in nearly two months.

    Bhatti, the only Christian minister in the Cabinet, was attacked shortly after he left his residence in Sector I-8 at about 11.20 am local time.

    TV news channels reported that Bhatti, who had been receiving threats to his life since last year, was accompanied only by his driver and an unidentified woman and had no security guards.

    Deputy Inspector General Bin Yamin told the media that at least four attackers fired at Bhatti's car from different directions.

    A witness told Geo News channel that the gunmen stopped Bhatti's car and ordered his driver Gul Sher and the unidentified woman to get out of the car and then fired at the minister.

    Another witness said the firing continued for about 20 seconds. At least two gunmen fired at Bhatti while two more sat in a car, witnesses said.

    Bhatti was rushed to Shifa International Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
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