Two unidentified gunmen surrounded Shahbaz's car while he was on his way to office. The gunmen reportedly trained their guns on the minister. Soon after the attack, Shahbaz was taken to a near by hospital but the doctors reported that he was "brought dead."
Shahbaz had supported the amendments proposed by legislator Sherry Rehman in the blasphemy law. Local media reported that after Taseer's assassination, Shahbaz had received life threats from unknown people.
However, Shahbaz, recently, had stated publicly, "I was told that if I was to continue the campaign against the blasphemy law, I will be assassinated. I will be beheaded. But forces of violence, forces of extremism cannot harass me, cannot threaten me."
Tasser was shot dead just two months back in the federal capital. Taseer also had irked hardliners with his stand on the controversial blasphemy laws. He was gunned down by his guard for his vocal criticism on the law. He pumped 26 bullets on Taseer killing him instantly.