Pakistan's Only Christian Minister Killed

The Church's latest Pakistani martyr...
May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.

Asia news reports that...

'The attack took place this morning in Islamabad. An armed commando gunned down the Catholic minister in his car. Rushed to hospital he did not survive his wounds. Murder claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan [...] Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic, was recently confirmed in his post of Minister for Minorities in a government reshuffle. He boldly defended Asia Bibi, a Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy on the basis of false accusations. He belonged to the PPP, the progressive party in government. After the killing of Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, who Islamic fundamentalists blamed for having defended Asia Bibi, Bhatti had become the radicals “top target”.'

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Comments

Kerry said…
Muslims murdering Christians - whats new?
shadowlands said…
Lord have Mercy on his soul and those of his murderer's souls.
Caroline said…
So sad. He knew he would be killed. The Pakistani consulate in the US will no doubt open a book of consolation for signatures, the Pakistani government will declare three days of mourning, and the murder of Christians in the "Islamic Republic of Pakistan" will continue.
georgem said…
A true martyr, God rest his soul. Prayers for him and his grieving family.
Any word from the UK hierarchy?