Shahbaz Bhatti remembered on third anniversary of assassination

Bhatti, a Catholic, particularly defended Asia Bibi, the Catholic mother of five children sentenced to death on blasphemy charges and awaiting her appeal for over four years.

Pakistan
Mar 05 2014, 4:04 PM
Shahbaz Bhatti remembered on third anniversary of assassination
A poster displaying a picture of Shahbaz Bhatti outside a church in Lahore diocese.

Activists joined the Christian community around the monument dedicated to Shahbaz Bhatti in Islamabad on Sunday to pay tribute to his memory on the third anniversary of his assassination.

Bhatti, the minister for religious minorities in the previous government led by the Pakistan People's Party, was assassinated in Islamabad on March 2, 2011, for his activism in trying to repeal the Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. Bhatti, a Catholic, particularly defended Asia Bibi, the Catholic mother of five children sentenced to death on blasphemy charges and awaiting her appeal for over four years.

In Bhatti’s native village of Khushpur, the faithful celebrated a morning Mass remembering his sacrifice in the service of his community. The ceremony was also attended by former colleagues and friends. In addition to being the first Catholic to hold the post of minister in an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country, Bhatti founded the Christian Liberation Front and the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, now presided over by his brother Paul Bhatti.

Source:  Vatican Radio

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