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Prominent Catholic leader flees Pakistan after death threats

Catholic World News - February 10, 2014

Paul Bhatti, the Pakistani political leader whose brother, Shabbaz Bhatti, was assassinated in March 2011, has left the country after receiving a series of death threats.

Paul Bhatti said that he was moving to Italy after being warned that he was targeted for death because of his work to bring his brother’s killers to justice. He said that the government had not provided him with adequate security.

Shahbaz Bhatti, who was the cabinet minister in charge of minority affairs, was shot down killed after he protested Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. The gunmen who killed him left pamphlets on the scene denouncing their victim as an infidel. Shahbaz Bhatti had acknowledged that he was risking his life by urging changes in the blasphemy laws, which have frequently been used against Christians.

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