2 March 2011

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Strongly Condemning Assassination of Pakistan’s Minister for Minority Affairs,

Secretary-General Encourages Government to Continue Fight against Terrorism

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s tragic assassination of Pakistan’s Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, a prominent advocate for minority rights and a promoter of interfaith understanding. †This follows the recent assassination of the Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, which the Secretary-General also strongly condemned. †The Secretary-General encourages the Government of Pakistan to continue its efforts to combat terrorism, protect the rights of minorities and promote tolerance. †The Secretary-General extends his condolences to Mr. Bhatti’s family and the Government and people of Pakistan.

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