Almost three years have passed since the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistani MP who lobbied against the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. Now, his elder brother’s life is under threat.
Paul Bhatti was living in Italy when his brother was murdered on 2 March 2011, but he soon returned to Pakistan to take over the chairmanship of the All-Pakistan Minorities’ Alliance, which his brother founded.
He says his desire is to speak on behalf of the countries’ marginalised and oppressed, to fight for improved education and opportunities for the poor and for those facing discrimination – and, in Pakistan, this often means Christians, who comprise around 2.4 % of the population.
But after the court summoned him to testify at the ongoing trial of those accused of his brother’s murder, both he and other family members received death threats. These threats have led him to delay his return from a pre-arranged visit to Italy and to demand police protection for his family.
Bhatti said he lans to return to Pakistan in around a week’s time, although he is first seeking assurances of security from the police.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Ask the Lord to protect and preserve Paul, his family members and all those who support him in his work to speak up for minorities in Pakistan.
- Pray the Lord would grant Paul and his co-workers wisdom, direction and favour.
- Pray the perpetrators of Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder will be brought to justice.