By John Burger
Church Begins Gathering Evidence for Possible Canonization of Pakistani “Martyr”
Shahbaz Bhatti fought “blasphemy laws,” defended Asia Bibi
It has been five years since a Catholic government official in predominantly Muslim Pakistan was assassinated, and there is a move afoot to introduce his cause for canonization.
Shahbaz Bhatti, a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly and the country’s first federal minister for minority affairs, was gunned down in Islamabad on March 2, 2011. He had been an outspoken critic of laws that prohibit any criticism of Islam or the Prophet Muhammad or desecration of the Quran. His killers remain at large.