• “In all places and at all times, we can have that familiar friendship, we can have Him with us; and there may be through the day a constant interchange of private words, of little offerings, too small to have any name attached to them—by which the bonds of that familiar friendship grow closer and more real, until it comes to that special personal intimacy, which we call sanctity.” – Janet Erskine Stuart, 1857-1914

Christian Pakistan leader killed over blasphemy law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The only Christian in Pakistan’s government was assassinated March 2 after pushing for reform of harsh laws that mandate death for people who leave or “insult” Islam.

Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minorities, had declared he was prepared to die for his convictions after Salman Taseer, governor of the country’s Punjab province, was killed Jan. 5 by a bodyguard who said he was angry that the politician opposed Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

Bhatti was on his way to work in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, when unidentified gunmen sprayed his car with bullets, according to news reports. A radical Islamic group associated with the Taliban terrorist movement reportedly claimed responsibility for the assassination in a note left at the scene.

Bhatti had been campaigning to reform the blasphemy laws, which had been in an international spotlight since a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, had been sentenced to death for “insulting” Islam.

Taseer, the Punjab governor, had publicly advocated a pardon for the woman, also called Asia Noreen in press reports, before he was murdered. In February, Bhatti acknowledged he was receiving death threats and told the London Telegraph newspaper he would not stop speaking out against the blasphemy law.

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