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Pak provincial minister killed

world Updated: Aug 06, 2009 21:40 IST

A Pakistani provincial minister was shot dead when he resisted an attempt by some armed men to steal his car in this southern port city on Thursday, police said.

Balochistan's Taxation and Excise Minister Rustam Jamali, who was on a private visit here to meet a friend, was hit by four bullets and died instantly, police officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

At least three armed men were involved in the botched robbery in the Gulistan-e-Johar area of Karachi. Any guards did not accompany Jamali, a relative of former premier Zafarullah Khan Jamali, as he was on a private visit to the city, officials said.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the murder.