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Christian politician shot in Pakistan

LAHORE (SE): The violent death of Irshad Younas Chaudhry on April 27, a Christian politician and lifelong defender of the rights of people from minority groups in Pakistan, is being mourned by Church people across the country.

Reports indicate that Chaudhry was at home in Islamabad, when a stranger arrived, produced a gun and shot him in the chest.

The Masihi Foundation and Life for All strongly condemned the murder of a man they described as being “a fearless, passionate politician and social activist.”

Fides reported that a statement released by the two groups said that several times in the past he has raised his voice against violence and injustice. Father John Maxwell, from the archdiocese of Lahore, Chaudhry’s home town, called his death a great loss for the community, because he was someone who cared for the future of young Christians and gave them several opportunities in life.

Nadeem Sohtra has been arrested on suspicion of the murder. Reports say that he tried to flee after firing the bullets, but was picked up by the police.

Sohtra is the son of the coordinator of the Sheikhpura Christian movement, All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, which was founded by the late minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated on March 2 last year.

No motive for the murder is known.

Father John Maxwell…called his death a great loss for the community, because he … cared for the future of young Christians and gave them several opportunities in life

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