Pakistani Christian Hero Shahbaz Bhatti
He was a Politician and an elected member of the National Assembly of Pakistan in 2008. He was the First Federal Minister of Minority Affairs from November 2008 to his assassination on 2nd March 2011. He was a vocal critic of the draconian blasphemy laws of Pakistan and the only Christian in the Cabinet. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan took responsibility for his murder. 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 four Senate seats for minorities.
Bhatti had been receiving death threats since 2009 when he had spoken in favour of the Christians who had been affected as a result of the Gojra Riots, These threats further increased when he stood up for Aasia Bibi who had been sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy.
Bhatti himself foretold his death and recorded a video, which was to be released in case of his death, where he said “I believe in Jesus Christ who has given his own life for us, and I am ready to die for a cause. I’m living for my community … and I will die to defend their rights.”