Federal Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti Born – 9th September 1968 Murdered – 2nd March 2011 . Government of Pakistan awarded him Nishana Imtiaz on 23rd March 2011 for his contribution towards Interfaith Harmony .
” I have accepted the post for the sake of the “oppressed, down-trodden and marginalized” of Pakistan, and that he had dedicated his life to the “struggle for human equality, social justice, religious freedom, and to uplift and empower religious minorities’ communities.” He added that he wanted to send “a message of hope to the people living a life of disappointment, disillusionment and despair” Shahbaz Bhatti after taking oath as Federal Minister for Minority Affairs.
Shahbaz Bhatti became the first Minority Affair Minister of Pakistan who was part of cabinet ,after the ministry of minority affairs was made part of cabinet and separate ministry was created by present PPP led government . Bhatti was Pakistan’s most vocal voice of interfaith harmony , protection of minority rights and blasphemy law . According to BBC Urdu news Sipah-e-Sahaba was involved in the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti .
During his time as federal minister, he took numerous steps in support of religious minorities. These included the launch of a national campaign to promote interfaith harmony, the proposal of legislation to ban hate speech and related literature, the proposed introduction of comparative religion as a curriculum subject, the introduction of quotas for religious minorities in government posts and the reservation of fourSenate seats for minorities.Bhatti also spearheaded the organisation of a National Interfaith Consultation in July 2010, which brought together senior religious leaders of all faiths from across Pakistan and resulted in a joint declaration against terrorism. source
– 5% minorities quota in government jobs
– Minority seats in the Senate
-24-hour minorities helpline
– District Interfaith Harmony Committees
Lahore District Interfaith Harmony Committee
Shahbaz Bhatti was facing life threats from sectarian militant organization following his support for Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy. Previously, Shahbaz bhatti received threat for pursuing justice for Gojra victims.
In defence of Shahbaz Bhatti