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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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New York, 2 March 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Pakistan

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today's tragic assassination of Pakistan's Minister for Minority Affairs, Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, a prominent advocate for minority rights and a promoter of inter-faith understanding. This follows the recent assassination of the Governor of Punjab, Mr. 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.