January 4, 2011 / 11:46 AM / 9 years ago

Pakistan's Punjab province governor shot dead

Salman Taseer, Pakistan's Governor of Punjab province, speaks to media in Islamabad in this March 28, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling party, in Islamabad on Tuesday, his spokesman said.

“Yes he has died,” said the spokesman for Salman Taseer. His death comes as the Pakistan People’s Party-led government is trying to muster support in a political crisis that erupted after a key coalition partner quit.

Reporting by Zeeshan Haider; Writing by Michael Georgy

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