Slain Pakistani Christian’s brother campaigns against blasphemy law

Rome - Paul Bhatti, a Roman Catholic, worked as a surgeon in his home country of Pakistan and in Europe, while his brother, Shahbaz, went into politics and became Pakistan’s only Christian Cabinet member as the country’s first minister of minority affairs.

Then, on March 2, 2011, Shahbaz was cut down in a hail of bullets in an attack by a militant group that called him “a blasphemer.”

“My life and profession changed after the assassination of my brother,” Paul Bhatti said in an interview with RNS.

“That was a situation I never expected to be in,” he added calmly. “I was not aspiring to be a politician, but it happened. I think God’s ways are different, and it happened.”