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Christian Lawmaker Killed In Pakistan

Handery Masieh
Handery Masieh
A guard for a provincial Christian lawmaker has allegedly killed the legislator during a meeting in southwest Pakistan.

Lawmaker Handery Masieh was a member of the ruling National Party in Balochistan's provincial assembly.

Police said he was meeting with supporters from the ruling National Party in the southwestern city of Quetta on June 14 when his own guard shot him.

One of the Masieh's nephews was wounded in the attack.

Official said the guard fled after the attack.

The motive was unclear.

Religious minorities, including Christians, make up less than 4 percent of Pakistan's population but face increasing violence.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan Province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan.

Baluchistan sees chronic violence, with sectarian extremist, Islamist militant, separatist, and criminal groups all operating in the impoverished province.
Based on reporting by dpa and AP