PMO (Canada) – Condolences for Pakistani Minister's Assassination




Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the assassination of Pakistani Minister Shahbaz Bhatti


March 2, 2011
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement expressing his condolences after the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Minister of Minorities:

“On behalf of our Government and Canadians across the country, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, and to the Pakistani people in the wake of his assassination. His death is a loss to the people of Pakistan and all those who shared his commitment to the promotion of tolerance and religious freedoms in that country.

“I had the honour of meeting Minister Bhatti last month and was greatly inspired by his courageous work in support of minority communities and human rights in Pakistan. Canada also shares a unique link with the Bhatti family, as Shabaz’s brother, Peter Bhatti, is a Canadian citizen. Canada will remember and honour Minister Bhatti’s legacy of working for a peaceful, tolerant Pakistan.

“Canada stands against those who commit gutless acts of murderous violence and extremism, and calls for the Pakistani authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

“Canada also continues to urge Pakistan to prevent the abuse of its blasphemy laws, which restrict freedom of religion and expression and have disproportionately targeted religious minorities, and to protect individuals who choose to speak out on these issues.”


Prime Minister Stephen Harper


The Prime Minister’s Office – Communications

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Photo: Unidentified relatives of the minorities minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, look at the car in which he was killed in Islamabad on Wednesday. NY Times


“Shahbaz Bhatti, the minister of minorities and Pakistan’s only Christian cabinet member, was shot eight times by gunmen who ambushed him as he stepped into his car, police officials said. A pamphlet written by a group of Taliban [Obama’s would-be peace partners — but no matter how much he grovels and accedes key negotiating points, they mock and taunt our national-embarassment-in-chief] from the province of Punjab was found near the scene in a middle-class residential neighborhood, the officials said.”

“The international advocacy group Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that Mr. Bhatti’s killing represented the ‘bitter fruit of appeasement of extremist and militant groups.'”

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