India condemns assassination of Pakistan Minority Minister

India on Wednesday condemned the assassination of Pakistan Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and said it was with the bereaved family and the people of the neighbouring country at this difficult hour.

Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 21:37 PM IST

New Delhi: India on Wednesday condemned the
assassination of Pakistan Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and
said it was with the bereaved family and the people of the
neighbouring country at this difficult hour.

"We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved
family, the people and the Government of Pakistan on the
tragic assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister of
Minority Affairs of Pakistan.

"We condemn this dastardly crime. In this difficult
hour, our prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved family
and the people of Pakistan," an MEA spokesperson said.

Bhatti, a Christian and vocal critic of the
controversial blasphemy law, was shot dead by Taliban
militants as he drove out of his mother`s house in Islamabad,
nearly two months after Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was
killed for opposing the harsh statute.

PTI