Assailants purportedly sent by al-Qaida and the Taliban killed the only Catholic member of Pakistan’s federal Cabinet Wednesday, spraying his car with bullets outside his mother’s home. It was the second assassination in two months of a high-profile opponent of blasphemy lawas that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.
Shahbaz Bhatti, a 42-year-old Roman Catholic, had been aware of the danger, saying in a video-taped message meant for broadcast in the event of his death that he was being threatened by the Taliban and al-Qaida. The threats would not deter him from speaking for persecuted Christians and other minorities, he said.
“I will die to defend their rights,” he said on the tape released Wednesday.
His assassination further undermines Pakistan’s shaky image as a moderate Islamic state and could deepen the political turmoil in this nuclear-armed, U.S.-allied state where militants frequently stage suicide attacks. The Vatican said the slaying shows that the pope’s warnings about the danger to Christians in the region are fully justified.
Despite the threats, Bhatti, who had been assigned bodyguards, was without protection when he visited his mother in the capital of Islamabad on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The politician had just pulled out of the driveway of the house, where he frequently stayed, when three men standing nearby opened fire, said Gulam Rahim, a witness.
Two of the men opened the door of the car and tried to pull Bhatti out, Rahim said, while a third man fired his Kalashnikov rifle repeatedly into the dark-colored Toyota, shattering the windows. The gunmen then sped away in a white Suzuki Mehran car, said Rahim who took cover behind a tree.
Bhatti was hit by at least eight bullets and was dead on arrival at an area hospital, officials said.
In leaflets left at the scene of the shooting, al-Qaida and the Pakistani Taliban Movement in Punjab province claimed responsibility. They blamed the government for putting Bhatti, an “infidel Christian,” in charge of an unspecified committee, apparently referring to one said to be reviewing the blasphemy laws. The government has repeatedly said such a committee does not exist.
“With the blessing of Allah, the mujahedeen will send each of you to hell,” said the note, which did not name any other targets.
Source: Yahoo News
“With the blessing of Allah, the mujahedeen will send each of you to hell.” This is what Al-Qaida and the Taliban believe in. It is a lie told by the devil himself, and he deceive many that choose to believe in the lies.
Hell is a real place. It is an awful, painful, real place. The Word of God says it. Those that do not repent, including members of the Taliban and Al-Qaida will suffer agony for eternity.
2 Thessalonians 1:9
They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.
Those that accept Christ as their Savior, will live with him forever. And that includes those that have died believing in Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Written by: Gloria