All Pakistan Minorities’ Alliance honored and commemorated assassinated Christian leader Shahbaz Bhatti on the occasion of his birth anniversary. In a seminar held on Friday, September 9, APMA which was planted by the murdered leader himself. This seminar was attended by APMA members, political leaders from various outfits, members of civil society and others.
While addressing the audience at the seminar, secretary general of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sardar Latif Khosa said insulting Islam or any other religion is designated as a crime under the law. Prevalent dual standards relating to blasphemy cases and events surrounding them have tarnished Pakistan’s image. He further criticized that dictators had endorsed fanaticism.
Furthermore, Advocate Abdullah Bhatti stated that the assassinated leaders Benazir Bhutto, Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti had appalled the world. These leaders were champions for rights of the marginalized citizens of the country. He further paid homage to the non-Muslim Pakistanis who had been instrumental in the national progress. He mentioned the names of Sir Zafarullah, Dr Abdus Salam, Justice (r) AR Cornelius, Justice (r) Bhagwandas, Cecil Chaudhry and Shahbaz Bhatti as national heroes of the country.
Father James Chanan stated that Sahbaz Bhatti was a champion campaigner for the rights of minorities. He urged for the apprehension of the assassins of the great leader. Furthermore, Manohar Chand Chairman of Pakistan Hindu Welfare Council said that Shahbaz Bhatti struggled for the welfare of all minorities in Pakistan.
Vice Chairman of APMA Najmi Saleem, said that Shahbaz Bhatti had been pivotal in the betterment of religious minorities. He was the one who got five per cent job quota for minorities and seats for them in the Senate passed by the government. It was owing to his efforts that August 11 was declared as the National Minorities Day.