Deadly Intolerance: Shahbaz Bhatti (1968-2011)

Posted on March 2, 2011
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Adil Najam

Shahbaz Bhatti – Pakistan’s Minister for Minority Affairs, son of Jacob Bhatti, defender of minority rights and tolerance in Pakistan, and the only Christian Minister in the current cabinet – was gunned down today by the enemies of Pakistan, the enemies of humanity, and enemies of all that is decent and right.

Today, once again, we have one less good Pakistani amongst us. Today, once again, all of us should be ashamed at the intolerance that we have bred and tolerated around us.

Here is a report from Dawn on the news:

Gunmen shot and killed Pakistan’s government minister for religious minorities on Wednesday, the latest attack on a high-profile Pakistani figure who had urged reforming harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.

Shahbaz Bhatti was on his way to work in Islamabad when unknown gunmen riddled his car with bullets, police officer Mohmmad Iqbal said. The minister arrived dead at Shifa Hospital and his driver was also wounded badly, hospital spokesman Asmatullah Qureshi said.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing, saying the minister had been “punished” for being a blasphemer.

Witnesses said the attackers scattered leaflets signed by “The Qaeda and the Taliban of Punjab” at the attack scene, which read: “This is the punishment of this cursed man.”

Taliban militants had called for Bhatti’s death because of his attempts to amend the blasphemy law.

“He was a blasphemer like Salman Taseer,” spokesman Sajjad Mohmand said by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Gulam Rahim was coming from a nearby market when he saw Bhatti’s car drive out of his house. Three men standing nearby with guns suddenly began firing at the vehicle, a dark-colored Toyota.

Two of the men opened the door and tried to pull Bhatti out, Rahim said, while a third man fired his Kalashnikov rifle repeatedly into the car. The three gunmen then sped away in a white Suzuki Mehran car, said Rahim who took shelter behind a tree.

Pakistani TV channels showed Bhatti’s vehicle afterward, its windows shattered with bullet holes all over. It was not immediately clear why Bhatti, a member of the ruling Pakistani People’s Party, did not have bodyguards with him.

After Salman Taseer’s assassination, Bhatti said he was also receiving death threats, telling AFP that he was “the highest target right now”.

But he had insisted that he would work as usual.

“I’m not talking about special security arrangements. We need to stand against these forces of terrorism because they’re terrorising the country,” Bhatti said at the time.

“I cannot trust on security…. I believe that protection can come only from heaven, so these bodyguards can’t save you.”

Pakistani government leaders condemned the attack.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani visited the hospital and offered condolences to Bhatti’s grieving relatives.

“Such acts will not deter the government’s resolve to fight terrorism and extremism,” he said, adding that the killers would not go unpunished.

“This is concerted campaign to slaughter every liberal, progressive and humanist voice in Pakistan,” said Farahnaz Ispahani, an aide to President Asif Ali Zardari. “The time has come for the federal government and provincial governments to speak out and to take a strong stand against these murderers to save the very essence of Pakistan.”

Bhatti’s friend Robinson Asghar said the slain minister had received threats following the death of the Punjab governor. Asghar said he had asked Bhatti to leave Pakistan for a while because of the threats, but that Bhatti had refused.

Pakistan’s information minister, Firdous Ashiq Awan, said Bhatti had played a key role in promoting interfaith harmony, and he was a great asset.

“We are sad over his tragic death,” she said, adding that the government would investigate why he did not have a security escort.

68 responses to “Deadly Intolerance: Shahbaz Bhatti (1968-2011)”

  1. samir sardana says:

    For Those who ask Y ?!

    Sample the basic Priori differences between Islam and Christ-ian-ET ! dindooohindoo

    There is not an iota of hope ! Only Doom !

    Once u read this – there will be no queries on the reasons for Boko/ISIS/ Qaeda ………

    Also , there is no Islamic Radicalism – This is Islamic Theology – only differing point of view is in how it is to be executed and/or enforced

    The disaster is that the verses of the Quran can easily be proven from the Bible verses verbatim or their contradictions and /or interpretations.In other words, the NT and many parts of the OT are ruminations of a human and the Quran is the revelation TO A HUMAN

    Type 1 – Prioris

    Y Islam and Paulinity are fundamentally irreconciliable and normatively opposed – with the Old Testament and Prophet , probably doubting the Prophet Hoof of the Prophet of Islam
    Muslims do not believe in the concept of Holy Trinity (Quran 5:73).
    “They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.” (Koran 5:73)
    Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for God is one God: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is God as a Disposer of affairs.” (Koran 4:171)
    God is not Jesus and vice versa (Quran 5:72
    “O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of God aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of God, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in God and His apostles.

    Type 2 – Philosophy , Theology and Perspectives on Hitstory

    We are responsible for our own deeds and will not be punished for the deeds of another person (Quran 53:38–42) – as opposed to the Pauline belief
    “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost.” (Quran 3:85).
    Jesus was initially Killed on the Crucifix – 1 Corinthians 1:23 (Quran does not agree to this -Surah 4:157)
    Jesus was son of Joseph with the seed of David (Quran calls Jesus of immaculate conception theory)
    Romans 1:3:
    Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
    Revelation 22:16:
    Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star
    No Virgin Birth for Paulines (Quran believes in Virgin Birth)
    Seed of David from Joseph (Seed of David from Mary – in Quran)
    Jesus Christ our Lord…was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh;…. (Romans 1:3-4.)
    Jesus Christ of the seed of David….(II Timothy 2:8.)
    Of this man’s [i.e., David’s] seed hath God, according to his prophets, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus. (Acts 13:23 KJV.)
    Mary has the seed of Aaronites – a priestly class (Quran – No Comment)
    The Bible refers to Christ as the “only begotten” Son of God (John 1:18) – As per Quran – there is no begotten-ness
    The NT and Jesus did not prohibit wine or swine or any other meat – as per Quran – it is haram
    Jesus opposed to John’s followers, disallowed and disavowed fasting – which is mandated, as per Quran
    Isaiah opposed animal sacrifices – which is mandated as per Quran
    Paul prohibited circumcision – which is mandated as per Quran
    Paul mandated individual free will in all matters, besides the 1st Two Commamdments – Quran is about directions and injunctions, and no interpretation or bidah

  2. Urdu Poetry says:

    I hope my countrymen have courage and come hard at corrupt systems…

  3. Irfan says:

    These are dark days for Pakistan. I pray we are able to get past these terrible days.

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