Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani Martyr
From George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center:
A lot of the history of the last six and a half decades has at least something to do with the failure of British intelligence to figure out that Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a man whose time was running out just as the British Empire was preparing to divide its crown jewel at Jinnah’s insistence — including the personal history of Shahbaz Bhatti, who was born a generation after Jinnah’s will created Pakistan.
The 42-year old Bhatti, a Catholic and Pakistan’s federal minister for religious minorities, was murdered — or, to be more precise, martyred — this past March 2 while being driven to work. His murderer left a note in which he explained that Bhatti had to die because he opposed Pakistan’s blasphemy law, a crude attempt to oppose a form of Islamic sharia on the country.