While serving as the provincial minister for social welfare in Punjab, she was shot and killed on February 20, 2007 in Gujranwala, a city in that province some 200 kilometres south-east of Islamabad, where she had gone to address a political rally. Her assassin, Mohammed Sarwar, was reported to have been motivated by her refusal to abide by the Islamic code of dress and a dislike for the involvement of women in political affairs. The killer had previously been jailed in connection with the killing and mutilation of four prostitutes and told a television channel “I will kill all those women who do not follow the right path, if I am freed again”. On March 20, 2007, Sarwar was sentenced to death. he died in Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore on January 27, 2012.
- Devika Bhat and Zahid Hussain: Female Pakistani minister shot dead for 'breaking Islamic dress code', The Times, February 20, 2007
- "Pakistani Judge Sentences Man to Death for Murdering Female Minister". Foxnews.com. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- The Australian Pakistani minister killed for refusing to wear veil.
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