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  • A Pakistani man examines the blood-stained car of Shahbaz Bhatti, minister for minorities affairs and the only Christian in the Cabinet, on Wednesday in Islamabad. Mr. Bhatti was fatally shot in the car near his mother's house. (Associated Press)

    Pakistan minister murdered for criticism of Islam blasphemy law

    The assassination of a second high-profile critic of Pakistan's blasphemy law Wednesday snuffed out any hope that the government will amend the decree that prescribes the death penalty for those insulting Islam.

  • SANDERS: Pakistan as a top priority

    A Washington mesmerized by the dawn of a new domestic political era may not recognize it, but Pakistan should now be the major ā€” certainly foreign ā€” preoccupation for U.S. policymakers.

  • Taseer (Associated Press)

    Embassy Row

    The Cypriot ambassador, a Christian of the Greek Orthodox faith, last week expressed his sympathy over the murder of a Pakistani Muslim politician killed for supporting religious tolerance.

  • Pakistanis bury Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer, who enraged Muslims by opposing laws that decreed death for insulting Islam and was slain by a bodyguard. (Associated Press)

    Pakistan governor's suspected assassin hailed as hero

    Lawyers showered the suspected killer of a prominent Pakistani governor with rose petals when he arrived at court Wednesday, and an influential Muslim scholars group praised the assassination of the outspoken opponent of laws that order death for those who insult Islam.

  • Mumtaz Qadri, center, the accused killer of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer, arrives at court in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. More than 500 Muslim scholars  praised the man suspected of killing the Pakistani governor because the politician opposed blasphemy laws that mandate death for those convicted of insulting Islam. The group of scholars and clerics known as Jamat Ahle Sunnat is affiliated with a moderate school of Islam and represents the mainstream Barelvi sect. The group said in a statement Wednesday that no one should pray for Mr. Taseer or express regret for his murder. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

    EDITORIAL: Islam's blasphemy murders

    The Obama administration has declared a "struggle against violent extremism," but it has little to say when it comes to extremism practiced by governments. Blasphemy laws in Pakistan and Afghanistan are being used to sanction judicial murder in the name of Islam. The United States refuses to condemn these practices, apparently believing this would amount to an unwarranted imposition of American values on foreign customs. Even in these backward countries, however, there are brave political leaders who are standing up to legal persecution.

  • Commando of Pakistan's Elite force, Mumtaz Qadri, right, who purportedly killed Punjab's governor Salman Taseer, sits in a police custody in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Irfan Ali)

    Pakistani governor opposing blasphemy law is shot dead

    The governor of Pakistan's wealthiest and most populous province was shot dead in the capital Tuesday by one of his own guards, who later told interrogators that he was angry about the politician's stance against the country's blasphemy law, officials said.

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