Death threats don't deter RC Pakistani politician

Pakistan's minister for minorities refuses to stop speaking against his country's blasphemy law even though he is a primary target for assassination.

"I have been told by pro-Taliban religious extremists that if I will continue to speak against the blasphemy law, I will be beheaded," said Shahbaz Bhatti, the first Christian to hold a cabinet post in Pakistan.

Bhatti, a Roman Catholic, said he does not feel any fear.

"As a Christian, I believe Jesus is my strength," he said.

"He has given me a power and wisdom and motivation to serve the suffering humanity.

I follow the principles of my conscience, and I am ready to die and sacrifice my life for the principles I believe," he said.

Bhatti was in Ottawa Feb. 7, meeting with Canadian cabinet ministers to raise awareness of his campaign to reform the blasphemy law, which has been used to persecute Christians and other religious minorities.