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Pakistani Christians oppose death penalty for governor's assassin

Catholic World News - October 10, 2011

Christian leaders in Pakistan are arguing against execution in the case of Mumtaz Qadri, who was convicted of killing Punjab's governor, Salman Taseer.

Taseer was gunned down in January, shortly after he called for a change in the country's blasphemy law. Muslim extremist groups applauded the slaying.

For Christians, however, opposition to the death penalty remains a constant. The Christian minority is anxious to discourage executions in a nation where more than 30 people have been put to death in recent years for blasphemy: an offense that provides an opportunity to target Christians.

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