Police on the scene of the shooting
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Pakistan politician 'shot dead by his own bodyguard'

One of Pakistan's most senior and moderate politicians has been assassinated.

Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was shot dead by one of his own police bodyguards in Islamabad.

He had recently campaigned for the release of a Christian woman facing the death penalty under the country's strict blasphemy laws.

Foreign Secretary William Hague called the killing shocking while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she strongly condemned the assassination.

Orla Guerin reports.

  • 04 Jan 2011