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FrontpageimageFederal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated on Wednesday  March 02,2011 during an attack on his vehicle in Islamabad.

Shahbaz Bhatti, son of Jacob Bhatti was born on September 9,1968 in Faisalabad, Pakistan,

Bhatti was the first Christian parliamentarian who was offered and took oath as Federal Minister of Minorities Affairs in Pakistan. His predecessors had been offered only a state minister position

Bhatti was one of the founding members of the organisation ‘All Pakistan Minorities Alliance’ (APMA) in 1985 and was considered a representative of the religious minorities in Pakistan.

Bhatti joined Pakistani People’s Party (PPP) in 2002. As a political leader, he had continuously asked minority groups to fight for their rights through the system instead of using violence. He was considered great admirer of Pakistan’s founder Jinnah and a true patriot.

As federal minister, Bhatti took serious steps to ensure the safety, rights and empower religious minorities while in office:

  •  In 2002, he banned the sale of properties belonging to minorities while law enforcement authorities took action against them
  • Supported the revisions of the Blasphemy Law by the end of 2010
  • Supported repeal for discriminatory laws that affected minority groups
  • Launched national campaign to promote interfaith and harmony through seminars, awareness groups, and workshop.
  • Had planned to introduce legislation that would ban hate speech and hate literature
  • Proposed to the Ministry of Education to introduce comparative religion courses as a curriculum subject
  • A five per cent quota was given for all government jobs to minorities
  • Four reserved senate seats
  • Religious holidays and festivals are recognized by the government and respected.
  • Made August 11th Minority Day in Pakistan
  • Prayer room for non-Muslims in the prison system
  • A 24-hour crisis hotline to report acts of violence against minorities
  • A campaign to protect religious artifacts and sites that belong to minorities

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Shahbaz Bhatti

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Pakistani Christian Asylum Seeker Dies in IDC, Bangkok, Thailand

International Christian Voice (ICV) is very saddened to learn that 36-year-old Pakistani Christian asylum seeker Mr. Ijaz Paras Masih has died in Bangkok, Thailand while in an Immigration Detention Centre. He had been facing serious health concerns for many months and succumbed to his illness on May 26, 2017 due to a lack of medical treatment.

In the IDC, his health deteriorated substantially. His first heart attack occurred last year and he had become paralyzed since. He repeatedly requested Thai officials in the IDC to provide him with the appropriate medical treatment but it was not provided to him, ultimately leading  to  his death. Ijaz Masih is sadly not the first Pakistani Christian who has died inside a detention centre due to the negligence of Thai Authorities and local UNHCR officials. Many other individuals and families continue to suffer from the maltreatment and inhumane conditions inside Thai IDCs.

   Ijaz Paras Masih

 

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Backgrounder - Diefenbaker Award and Recipients Shahbaz Bhatti

Shahbaz Bhatti was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 2008 and named Federal Minister for Minorities a portfolio he accepted because of the opportunity it offered to defend the oppressed and marginalized of Pakistan.

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