Christians in Pakistan are fearful after the assassination yesterday of Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti.
The minority Christian community took to the streets to protest after Mr Bhatti, the country’s only Christian minister, was murdered by gunmen outside his parents’ home in the capital Islamabad.
‘Rashid’, a Christian campaigner, whose name has been changed for security reasons, told Release International he was “heartbroken” by news of his close friend’s death.
He demanded justice on behalf of Mr Bhatti and Pakistani Christians, who are even more fearful for their safety.
Rashid fears that if the government is unable to protect its own ministers then ordinary Christians are even more at risk.
“Shahbaz was a government servant and it’s the responsibility of government to keep him safe,” he said.
“When a minister is not secure, what is the position of Christians?
“We are like the sheep – extremists can come and slaughter us. We have no cause, no weight.”
He said the government was not taking its responsibility to protect Christians seriously enough.....
Yaqub Masih, President of UK Pakistan Christian Concern offered his prayers for Mr Bhatti and his family.
He said: “It is a very black day for the freedom of minorities in Pakistan when a Christian is martyred for standing up for human rights and freedom of speech.
“We pray for Mr Bhatti and his family and supporters at this difficult time.”