ISLAMABAD (AP) — A hospital official says Pakistan's government minister for religious minorities has died after being shot by gunmen in the country's capital, Islamabad.
The official says Shahbaz Bhatti arrived dead at Shifa Hospital in Islamabad after the Wednesday attack by gunmen.
Bhatti was a Christian who had been threatened by Islamist militants in the past because he has spoken out against the country's harsh blasphemy laws.
Earlier this year, Punjab province's governor was killed by a bodyguard who said he was angry that the politician opposed the blasphemy laws, which impose death for insulting Islam.
|The blood-stained car of Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti is seen following an attack in Islamabad on March 2, 2011|
|Pakistani journalists inspect the bullet-riddled car of Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti following an attack in Islamabad on March 2, 2011|
|unidentified woman relative of slain Pakistan's government minister for religious minorities Shahbaz Bhatti looks at Bhatti's damaged car outside an emergency ward of a local hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, March 2, 2011|
|Pakistani Christian protestors demonstrate against the killing of slain minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, in Karachi on March 2, 2011|