December 20, 2010
Despite receiving death threats, Pakistan’s minister for minorities, a Christian, said he will not give up his battle to guarantee religious freedom for all the country’s people.
“Threats and intimidation follow one after the other.
I take them all seriously, however my life mission is to protect religious freedom, minority rights, justice and equality.
I will continue to do so without hesitation,” said Shabhaz Bhatti, the minister.
In an interview Dec. 4 with Fides, the Vatican’s missionary news agency, Bhatti said he hoped for the abolition of anti-blasphemy laws, which make insulting the Quran an offence punishable by life imprisonment or death.
Bhatti commended President Asif Ali Zardari for showing sensitivity toward minority issues and for forming a commission to reexamine the blasphemy law and possibly end it.
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