Pakistan's Only Christian Minister Murdered By Taliban

By BEILA RABINOWITZ

March 2, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to an item carried by the Voice of America, Pakistan's Minister of Minority Affairs - Shahbaz Bhatti - was assassinated by Taliban terrorists today.

The Minister was the only high-level Christian administrator in the Pakistani government.

"...He was a member of the ruling Pakistani People's party headed by Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto. Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was critical of the Pakistani blasphemy laws which mandate death for anyone who "insults Islam or is critical of the Prophet Mohammed" [see, http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Gunmen-Kill-Pakistani-Minorities-Minister-117226408.html]

Bhatti is the second Pakistani Minister to be killed because of his opposition to the country's Shari'a compliant blasphemy laws.

As we noted at the time [see, Assassination Of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer - Pakistani Islamists Silence Critic Of Blasphemy Laws] two months ago Salman Taseer a Muslim who also openly criticized Pakistan's blasphemy laws, was gunned down by his own bodyguard who is now being hailed as a hero by the country's Islamists.

Below a short video interview with Mr. Bhatti, describing the death threats he was receiving.

2011 PipeLineNews.org LLC, Beila Rabinowitz.