Politicians, journalists and civil society members expressed their grief and outrage over the assassination of the Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti.
Bhatti was killed on Wednesday morning in the I-8/3 area if Islamabad as he left his residence at around 10:30am. Three assailants, in a Suzuki Mehran, blocked the minister's car and then shot at him. According to the police, Bhatti received eight bullets on his body.
Here are a few who expressed their reactions on Twitter.
This attack on every voice that threatened the crazed extremists started with Shaheed Bibi's assassination. It is an attack on Pakistan .
Shaheed Shahbaz Bhatti spoke passionately about need for all Pakistanis to fearlessly stand for an inclusive, tolerant Pakistan
I don't know about the rest of you but this makes me more determined to keep fighting for a progressive Pakistan, not more scared.
Shahbaz Bhatti was a good colleague. Shell shocked.
My minister Shahbaz Bhatti loved Pakistan. Loved Pakistan more than his own life. I am beside myself.
They are all working in unison. Some of these banned groups issue threats against Shaheed Shahbaz Bhatti, TTP implements it. Shame.
Ayesha Tammy Haq
It was never about blasphemy. It’s always been about power and control. We have abdicated our control over ourselves.
Black day for Pakistan. I'm feeling sick to my stomach.
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