Protests against Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination in Lahore

The protest demonstrations were organised by the minority’s wing of the PPP.

Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 12:08 PM IST

Lahore: Pakistan human rights activists and Christians are still carrying out protest demonstrations in Lahore over the assassination of minority affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti.

The protest demonstrations were organised by the minority’s wing of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Daily Times reports.

Representatives from different NGOs, including the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, Citizens for Democracy, Centre for Human Rights Education, Community Development Initiative, Christian Helpline, Pakistan Qaumi Masehi Party (Haqeeqi group), Maseehi Millat Party, Sweeper’s Union, Jharo Kash Mazdoor Union, Maseehi Millat Party, National Commission for Justice and Peace and Christian Lawyers Association, also joined the protests.

The protesters chanted slogans against terrorists and the recklessness of the government authorities.

They also demanded amendments in the blasphemy law, terming it a “root cause of persecution against minorities by the extremists”.

Separately, special prayer services were also organised in different churches across the city.

Bhatti was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Islamabad on March 02 for championing the case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was sentenced to death last November for allegedly committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

ANI