Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian cabinet member in the People’s Party led government in Pakistan, was brutally assassinated in Islamabad on 2 March 2011. The responsibility for the murder was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban. But what was his crime? He questioned the country’s absurd blasphemy laws and championed the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy. Thus a powerful voice of the religious minorities in Pakistan was silenced.

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