The Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti. Send Your Response.

Pakistan Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was murdered Wednesday morning. He was the only Christian member of the Pakistani President’s Cabinet. Bhatti, a Roman Catholic, courageously spoke out against the misuse of the country's blasphemy laws by Islamic extremists and spoke up for religious minorities, including Christians. His positions made him the No. 1 target of the Taliban but he still committed himself to standing up for the minorities and for human rights. 

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Rest in Peace

We are grieved to inform you about the assassination of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights this morning at about 11:30 a.m. by the militants. According to sources Mr. Bhatti came to see his sick mother and the moment he went out from his mother's residence to attend the Federal Cabinet meeting, the unknown attackers shot him dead. Our sources further stated that his driver immediately rushed to the nearby Shifa International Hospital, where his death was confirmed by the doctors.

Mr. Bhatti was under grave threats of life by the Islamic Militant Organizations and severely requested for security. After the assassination of Mr. Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, Mr. Bhatti faced intense opposition from Islamist elements when he condemned the murder of Mr. Taseer and supported his objection against the country's draconian blasphemy laws, which carry the penalty of death in a highly publicized case, a Christian woman named Asia Bibi.

Soon after hearing this tragic news, Joseph Francis immediately left for Islamabad to visit the place of occurrence and know about the motives behind the killing of Mr. Bhatti and will share our findings accordingly.

Please pray for Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti's soul may rest in Peace. Pray for his parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and Pakistan's Christian Community. May God give them His own peace and strengthen them to tolerate this painful incident of the murder of their beloved son.
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