Almost three years after his brother’s execution, Paul said that “Shahbaz’s sacrifice is increasingly “a seed for peace.” He addressed the West and world Catholics help to “give hope to the future.”
The former Federal Minister for National Harmony and current head of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) improved his vow to fight verses extremism in Pakistan.
Though he is presently residing in Italy, he refuse that he left due to threats. But, he understands that he is a target for the Taliban and other extremists. In reality, those who sent him death threats are the ones who declared themselves responsible for his brother’s execution.
“We know we are exposed but we will continue to fight for the victims of violence and injustice,”
On 2 March 2011, Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, was executed, a few months after Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, a Muslim, was executed on 4 January.
After Shahbaz’s martyrdom, he left Italy, to return to his homeland to continue Shahbaz’s work. “It’s a difficult situation because I do not enjoy special supports or covers, both politically and economically,” he explained. “This is why I call on all Christians and on the West to be close to us. We need help to continue our work for peace and dialogue . . . following the path indicated by my brother Shahbaz.”
Till Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) regime end in 2013, he worked as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Harmony. Since the PPP lost supremacy dangers have amplified. Paul also lost his police escort.
Within two years, facing many complications, he was successful to liberate of Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl, falsely accused of blasphemy. He also supports ideology that focused on inter-faith dialogue.
“Many today appreciate and follow in his battle for a peaceful country,” Paul Bhatti said. “For example, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of assassinated Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has repeatedly spoken about Shahbaz as a hero, saying that the next prime minister could be a Christian.”
With inhabitants of more than 180 million people, with 97 per cent Muslims, Pakistan is the sixth most packed country on the planet, the second major Muslim nation after Indonesia. The country’s ethnic and religious minorities have been the victims of violence on a regular basis, with Shia Muslims and Christians as the main target, with things getting worse.