Theurer: "Saddened by the Murder of Pakistani Minister Shahbaz Bhatti in Islamabad"

Mar 03, 2011, 16:14 ET from Office of Michael Theurer

BRUSSELS, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Theurer, Member of the European Parliament and of the national executive board of the Free Democratic Party: "As a person who has been politically active in promoting inter-religious dialogue, I am deeply saddened by the murder of a man who has stood strong in defending religious tolerance in Pakistan."

Yesterday morning Shabaz Batti, Pakistan's Minister for Minorities, was shot dead in his car. Mr. Bhatti was the only Christian Minister in the Pakistani Government and, like the Punjabi Governor Salman Taseer, an outspoken advocate of a reform of the contested Pakistani blasphemy law. Now both have been assassinated.

SOURCE Office of Michael Theurer