Pakistanis React to Killing of Christian Minister


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Residents of the Pakistani capital say they feel more insecure after the Minister for Minority Affairs was gunned down in broad daylight. They are blaming the government for not stopping the growing violence from Islamist extremists.

The mood was somber on Thursday in Pakistani's capital where a day earlier Taliban militants had killed the country's only Christian government minister.

Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was killed in broad daylight in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Pakistani newspapers warned Pakistan is being swept toward violent chaos by a growing wave of Islamist extremism.

Residents in Islamabad blame the government for the spiraling violence across the country.

[Taariq Mehmood, Bus Conductor]:
"The government is not taking any notice of all this. They do not care at all; they are only concerned with themselves. There is no security for the life or the property of anyone here."

Bhatti is the second senior official to be assassinated this year for challenging the country's controversial blasphemy law, which sanctions the death penalty for insulting Islam or the Prophet Mohammad.

[Amanat Ali, Salesman]:
"You have seen that a minister was killed in broad daylight. This is not a small matter. The life of an ordinary person is not at all safe. If the unfortunate ministers are having to deal with things like this, what will become of poor people like us?"

Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer was shot dead by his own bodyguard in January for calling for curbing abuses in the law.

President Asif Ali Zardari told a party meeting on Wednesday he would resist the slide toward extremism.