London, Jan 05 (Agencies): British Foreign Minister William Hague on Tuesday said he was shocked by the assassination of the Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, adding that it was loss to the leadership of the country.

"I am shocked to hear of the assassination of Salman Taseer," Hague said in a statement.

"His death will be a loss to the leadership of Pakistan. On behalf of the British Government I send my condolences to Taseer's family, friends and colleagues."

Labour Party foreign affairs spokeswoman Yvette Cooper called on the British Government to support Pakistan as it faces challenges including Islamic militancy and recovery from devastating floods last year.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Salman Taseer and strongly condemn this attack," she said.

Britain, the former colonial power in South Asia, has a large ethnic Pakistani community.

In September, Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement member Imran Farooqi was shot dead in London.