Thursday, May 26, 2011

All Pakistan Minorities Alliance vows to carry forward Shahbaz Bhatti’s mission

Shahbaz Bhatti
A group of mainly Christian leaders gathered earlier this week in Lahore, Pakistan, to honour the life of Shahbaz Bhatti, the minister of minorities who was gunned down on March 2 by Islamist assassins, reported ASSIST News.

Bhatti made a life’s work of campaigning for tolerance in Pakistan, which is 95 percent Muslim, and most recently became a lonely voice, with a handful of others, in a campaign to reform the harsh blasphemy law.

Organized by The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), the gathering was attended by church leaders and representatives of all recognized churches in Pakistan, parliamentarians, politicians, APMA leadership and APMA workers from across the country.

Group Captain (Retd.) Cecil Chaudhry, Executive Secretary General of the APMA, highlighted the life and works of Bhatti, including his numerous achievements prior to becoming the Federal Minister for Minorities which included the formation of APMA.

He emphasized Bhatti’s struggle to make Pakistan a “non-discriminative State” as envisioned by the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, where, he said “every citizen would enjoy equal rights and complete freedom of religion.”

Going forward, the APMA will “continue to strive to realize Shahbaz Bhattti’s dream,” which was the repeal of all discriminatory laws, the blasphemy laws in particular, and to make Pakistan a non-discriminative state where every citizen would have equal rights, religious freedom and equal opportunities in a free society.

Dr. Paul Bhatti, brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, returned to Pakistan from Italy following his brother’s death and was subsequently appointed chairman of the APMA. He was also appointed advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Minority Affairs, with the status of a federal minister.

Dr. Bhatti vowed to “strive to accomplish the cause and mission” of his late brother and to lead APMA with Shahbaz Bhatti’s vision and ideology.

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  1. I AM HANOOK HADAYAT.
    YOUTH COORDINATOR JINNAH TOWN,FAISALABAD.
    ALL PAKISTAN MINORITIES ALLIANCE.
    WE WILL CONTINUE THE MISSION OF OUR GREAT LEADER SHAHBAZ BHATTI.
    HE IS STILL ALIVE, IT IS OUR MESSAGE TO THE RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS. OUR STRUGGLE WILL
    CONTINUE TILL SUCCESS OR DIE.WE ALL (APMA)MEMBERS KNOW WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF SACRIFICE. WE WANT TO REFORM THE HARSH BLASPHEMY LAW.ONE DAY WILL COME IN PAKISTAN WHEN EQUAL RIGHTS AND COMPLETE FREEDOM OF RELIGION FREEDOM WILL OCCUR.
    KIND REGARDS,
    enochjhon@yahoo.com

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