Punjab provincial governor shot dead in Pakistan Gunmen killed the governor of Pakistanâ€™s Punjab province, a senior member of the ruling party, in Islamabad on Tuesday, his spokesman said. â€œYes he has died,â€ said the spokesman for Salman Taseer. His death comes as the Pakistan Peopleâ€™s Party-led government is trying to muster support in a political crisis that erupted after a key coalition partner quit. Mr. Taseer is a vocal member of the ruling party who has recently spoken out against the country's blasphemy law. Police say the governor was killed by his own guard in an attack at a popular shopping centre known as Khosar market. Many Westerners and wealthy Pakistanis shop there or spend time in its coffee shops. It has long been considered a potential target for militants wreaking havoc in the country. Meanwhile, Pakistan's most powerful opposition group hinted Tuesday that it would not back a no-confidence vote against the prime minister â€” a stance that could save the government of this nuclear-armed nation from toppling. The possibility of government collapse is the latest crisis facing Pakistan as it grapples with a foundering economy, relentless militant attacks and U.S. demands to help turn around the war in Afghanistan. The ruling coalition's future was thrown into doubt Sunday after the second-largest member of the coalition, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, joined the opposition, depriving the government of a parliamentary majority. On Tuesday, senior members of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, the leading opposition group, wouldn't say where they stood on a no-confidence vote before they convened in Islamabad to decide. But officials suggested they would not move against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. â€œOur aim is not to overthrow this government, but if it collapses, it will collapse because of its own incompetence and bad governance,â€ said PML-N spokesman Sadiqul Farooq. Gilani could rule with a minority coalition but would have to step down if he lost a no-confidence vote. Parliament could then vote on an alternative candidate or possibly move toward early elections.