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Archbishops of Canterbury and York strongly condemn murder of Pakistan Minorities Minister

Wednesday 2nd March 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York have made a statement condemning the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, Minorities Minister in Pakistan.

"It is with the greatest shock and sorrow that we have heard of the assassination of Mr Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Religious Minorities in Pakistan. This further instance of sectarian bigotry and violence will increase anxiety worldwide about the security of Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan, and we urge that the Government of Pakistan will do all in its power to bring to justice those guilty of such crimes and to give adequate protection to minorities. Meanwhile, we assure Mr Bhatti's family of our prayers and deep sympathy, and promise our continuing support for all those of whatever faiths who are working for justice and stability in Pakistan."

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