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Pakistani bishop: Why is Shahbaz Bhatti’s killer still at large?

Bishop Sebastian Shaw condemns Pakistani Government's lack of action to bring guilty party to justice ahead of two-year anniversary memorial in London

A BISHOP from Pakistan has condemned his own government for not doing enough to catch the killers of Christian human rights campaigner Shahbaz Bhatti (above).

Bishop Sebastian Shaw (below), apostolic administrator of Lahore, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that almost two years on no one had been tried for the Pakistani politician’s murder, and gave his blessing to a March 2 event in London commemorating Mr Bhatti’s life and work.

“Nothing has happened yet, but we ask the government of Pakistan that the killers be arrested and brought to justice,” Bishop Shaw said. “We are very sad for what has happened to Shahbaz Bhatti, who was martyred. “At the same time I request that all people should pray and have respect for human dignity, because God has made us to praise him through our prayer and the belief we have in him, the one God.”

Mr Bhatti, Pakistan’s first federal minister for minority affairs and a Catholic, was murdered in Islamabad on March 2 2011 after calling for clemency for Asia Bibi, the first woman to be sentenced to death under the country’s blasphemy laws.

Abid Malik, who was arrested on suspicion of Mr Bhatti’s murder, was cleared of the charge in February 2012.

Bishop Shaw gave his encouragement to people to attend the multi-faith event in London on Saturday March 2, remembering Shahbaz Bhatti and calling for an end to the suffering caused by Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

The day’s events will begin with an inter-denominational Christian service at 11am outside the Pakistan High Commission in Knightsbridge.

This will be followed by the presentation of a petition to Downing Street and the day concludes with an inter-faith peace concert in Trafalgar Square starting at 3pm.



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