Prashant A Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace
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CONDEMNING THE ASSASSINATION OF PAKISTAN'S MINORITY AFFAIRS MINISTER
The brutal assassination of Pakistan's Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, this morning in Islamabad is symbolic, of the chaos to which Pakistan is heading towards.
Mr. Bhatti, as the world knows, was a vocal critic of the controversial blasphemy law. In spite of several death threats, he stuck to his guns for the repeal of the draconian law.
Only in January last, the Governor of Pakistan's Punjab Province Salman Taseer was assassinated by his own bodyguard, over his opposition to the blasphemy law.
Whilst condemning this assassination, we call upon the Government and the people of Pakistan to stop the fundamental forces that seems to have taken control of Pakistan and to ensure the rights and freedom of every single citizen there.
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
2nd March, 2011