I am shocked and deeply saddened by the assassination of Pakistan's
Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti.
On behalf of the Australian Government, I extend my deepest condolences to
his family, as well as to the people and government of Pakistan.
This cowardly and brutal act is a blow to tolerance and moderation in
Pakistan, and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
As Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti worked tirelessly to protect and
promote the rights of all minorities in Pakistan, regardless of race or
religion. His courageous efforts won the admiration and respect of people
in Pakistan and around the world.
The Australian Government joins with the Government of Pakistan in
condemning this crime.
We will support Shahbaz Bhatti's vision of a tolerant and peaceful society
as we continue to work with Pakistan to address its security and governance
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