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Pakistani Governor Who Supported Christian Woman Killed

Salman Taseer had voiced support for a pardon for Asia Bibi, a woman who is sentenced to death under Pakistan's blasphemy law.

The governor of Pakistan's largest province was assassinated Tuesday following his support of a pardon for a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Media reports are describing his death as the highest-profile killing of a Pakistani leader since Benazir Bhutto was killed three years ago.

One of the governor's security guards told police he was angered by Salman Taseer's support of the woman, according to the Washington Post.

In November Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old Christian mother of five, became the first woman ever sentenced to death under Pakistan's blasphemy law. The police complaint against her said she called the Qur'an "fake," and she made comments about one of Muhammad's wives and his declining health late in life. Taseer had said that Pakistan's president would pardon her.

"I was under huge pressure sure 2 cow down b4 rightest pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I'm the last man standing," Taseer wrote on Twitter on December ...

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