CDI holds vigil to remember Bhatti
LAHORE – The Community Development Initiative (CDI) organised a candlelight vigil at the Chairing Cross on Saturday in honour of assassinated federal minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti. Protesters, including Christians held banners, condemning the cold-blooded murder and flayed the federal government’s incompetence in protecting its ministers and minorities. They condemned the politically-motivated murder and said that Bhatti’s death was an irreparable loss to the people of his constituency, especially Christians.
“We believe his sacrifice will have a profound effect on this entire struggle for human rights. We are indebted to his services for Christians,” protesters said. The CDI demanded the federal government bring the killers to justice and establish the writ of law. They said that the government’s policy of appeasement and exposing the most vulnerable brackets of society including minorities, women and workers to danger was not right.
Bhatti belonged to Khushpur Village, near Faisalabad, and his sacrifice has refreshed the memory of late Bishop John Joseph, who also belonged to this village, they said. The protesters said that they honour the sons of the soil who have given their lives to save others.
PPP minorities wing, CDI pay tribute to Bhatti and Taseer
* Dozens of Christian, Muslim rights activists protest against extremism
* Condemn murder of minorities minister
LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party Minorities Wing (PPPMW) and the Community Development Initiative (CDI) organised a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the late Minorities Affairs Minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, and former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer at the Charing Cross on Saturday.
Dozens of Christian as well as Muslim human rights activists participated in the event and chanted slogans against extremism and condemned the brutal murders of Bhatti and Taseer, who had raised their voice for the rights of the minorities and amendments in the blasphemy law.
The participants were holding banners inscribed with slogans condemning the assassination of the minister as politically motivated, and an irreparable loss to the religious minorities.
They chanted slogans like, “Bhatti teree khoon say inqalab aaee ga”, “Taseer teree khoon se inqlab aaee ga”.
A portrait of the late minorities minister was placed at the protest site with a wreath around it, sent by President Asif Ali Zardari and his media adviser, along with candles, which encircled the portrait.
The protesters said that they believed that the sacrifice would have a profound effect on the entire struggle for human rights of the minorities in Pakistan.
They said that the government should bring the killers to justice and establish the rule of law. They also criticised, what they termed, the government’s policy of exposing the most vulnerable segments of society, like minorities and women, to danger.
The protesters said this was not a murder by the Taliban, but an organised conspiracy against the minorities as well as the country.
Separately, a protest demonstration was also held at the Liberty Square, where youths and human right activist condemned the killing of Bhatti. Sayeeda Deep and other human rights activists lead the demonstration.