» 03/02/2012, 00.00
Shahbaz Bhatti, a witness for a nation where the minorities want equality, Mgr Coutts says
The archbishop of Karachi celebrated a memorial Mass a year since the assassination of the Catholic minister. Thousands of people took place in a memorial service at his tomb, including Muslims, Hindus and members of other minorities. Great emotion and drive help Paul Bhatti continue Shahbaz's mission.
Paul Bhatti: minority social reawakening in the name of Shabbaz
A year since the murder of Pakistan's Minority Affairs minister, his brother Paul talks about his legacy and work on behalf of Pakistani Christians. A new university and vocational school will open bearing his name. Masses and prayer vigils will be held on 2 March across Pakistan.
Bhatti murder: focusing again on Islamic extremism
Court issues arrest warrants for two Pakistani nationals who fled to Dubai. Pakistan plans to demand the extradition of Ziaur Rehman and Malik Abid, both from Faisalabad. Move closes the chapter on allegations that the murder was due to a family feud or intra-Christian disputes. Now police are back investigating circles close to the Taliban and Islamic fundamentalism.
Pakistan Christians appeal to pope to make "Shahbaz Bhatti, a martyr of the Church"
Masses are celebrated and prayer vigils held in various cities on the first anniversary of his death. In the capital, a torchlight procession reaches the scene of his murder by Muslim extremists. Paul Bhatti receives the APMA flag as an encouragement to continue Shahbaz's mission. Thanks to latter's work, four seats have been reserved for minorities in the upcoming senate elections.
Archbishop Saldanha: Shahbaz Bhatti, an honest man and "martyr" for the rights of minorities
Archbishop Emeritus of Lahore gives a personal reflection on the Catholic minister for minorities. The prelate emphasizes his "natural charisma" and his being different from the "corrupt politicians". His commitment was based "on the example of Christ" and he dedicated his life "to the redemption of the oppressed communities."
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Despite threats, Paul Bhatti to continue brother's work for peace in Pakistan
Threatened by the Taliban, the former Minister for National Harmony has renewed the message of Christian-Muslim harmony and coexistence. Almost three years after his brother Shahbaz's murder, he said that "his sacrifice» is increasingly "a seed for peace." He calls on the West and world Catholics for political and economic help to "give hope to the future."
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