Mr Bhatti opposed the “blasphemy law” and was killed two days ago. So did Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who was shot dead by one of his bodyguards last January.
I feel, even as I am not an active blogger now, that he merits a post. It’s difficult to be Christian in Pakistan as I have repeatedly blogged on the past. But to be Minister and to openly speak against the damned blasphemy law is even more difficult.
So, this is my tribute to a man, whose success I was very doubtful from the beginning I knew of his existence (in a country where a “cleric” can put a bounty on someone for allegedly “blaspheming” and no one gets him in jail and condemned because of it, you can understand why I was even hard on him back then). But nonetheless, we have to admire his courage for speaking in favour of Asia Bibi and others jailed on “blasphemy” charges, even if he was threatened by the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and several other groups,as he says in the video in the link above.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.