Daily Mail Reports: Kidnapped Australian surgeon, 82, is one of six hostages shown in ‘proof of life’ video released by al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali as French president visits country

• Australian surgeon Kenneth Arthur Elliot has appeared in a terror hostage video

• The 82-year-old was seen wearing a pink shirt and brown headscarf

• He appeared with five other hostages in the video shared online on Saturday

• It was released by Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen ahead of French presidential visit to Mali

An al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video showing six foreign hostages, including one Australian.

The SITE Intelligence Group, who monitor jihadist communications, reported the existence of the video from the recently formed Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen shortly before the French president’s arrival in the West African country for an anti-terror summit on Saturday.

The video shows Stephen McGowan of South Africa, Kenneth Arthur Elliot of Australia, Iulian Ghergut of Romania, Beatrice Stockly of Switzerland, Gloria Cecilia Narvaez of Colombia and Sophie Petronin of France.

Mr Arthur, a surgeon, is 82. In the video he appears with a thick white beard, wearing a pink top and a brown headscarf.

He was first captured with his wife Jocelyn in January last year, though his wife was released a month later.

Dr Kenneth Arthur Elliot was seen in a proof of life video released by Mali terrorists on Saturday

He was captured with his wife Jocelyn, and the pair had previously built a hospital from scratch in Djibo (pictured) and worked there together

The 82-year-old surgeon was seen in a brown headscarf and pink shirt in the video

Dr Elliot and his wife travelled to West Africa in 1972 and built the only hospital in Djibo ‘from scratch’ and had worked there together before they were both captured.

A number of the hostages have been held for years – with the February capture of Ms Narvaez – a nun- near the border of Burkina Faso being the most recent.

Of the six shown in the video, McGowan was the earliest seized, abducted in 2011 from a hostel in Timbuktu.

‘No genuine negotiations have begun to rescue your children,’ a narrator says in the clip.

The narrator also mentions the recently elected French 

President Emmanuel Macron, saying that Petronin ‘is hoping that the new French president will come to her rescue.’

Dr Elliot and his wife travelled to West Africa in 1972 and built the only hospital in Djibo

His wife Jocelyn (pictured above) was also captured in January last year but was released just a month later

Macron meets Sunday in Mali with heads of state from five nations across Africa’s Sahel region to build support for a new 5,000-strong multinational force meant to counter extremists there. Deadly attacks in recent years in countries once considered relatively safe have alarmed the international community.

In March, a video announced the creation of Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen from a merger of three extremist groups: the al-Qaida-linked al-Mourabitoun, Ansar Dine and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen claimed responsibility for last month’s attack on a resort area popular with foreigners outside Mali’s capital that killed at least five people.

The video comes after Sweden’s government on Monday announced the release of Johan Gustafsson, who was held by Islamic extremists in Mali for six years.

It remains unseen as to whether Mr Elliot will be released. He is being held along with a nun, who was captured in February this year.

Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen – the group holding Dr Elliot – claimed responsibility for last month’s attack on a resort area popular with foreigners outside Mali’s capital that killed at least five people

Kidnapped Australian surgeon, 82, is one of six hostages shown in ‘proof of life’ video released by al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali as French president visits country

THE SUN Reports: SIGN OF LIFE Al-Qaeda group in Mali releases proof of life footage of SIX foreign hostages – as French president vows to eradicate ‘thug’ terrorist captors

The recently formed Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen issued the video Saturday on Telegram, according to SITE

AN al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video showing six foreign hostages ahead of the French president’s visit to the country for an anti-terror summit.The recently formed terror group Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen issued the video Saturday on Telegram, the SITE Intelligence Group said.

The group said Sophie Petronin was ‘is hoping the new French president will come to her rescue’
The video shows shows hostage Elliot Kenneth Arthur of Australia

The video shows Stephen McGowan of South Africa, Elliot Kenneth Arthur of Australia, Iulian Ghergut of Romania, Beatrice Stockly of Switzerland, Gloria Cecilia Narvaez of Colombia and Sophie Petronin of France.

A narrator can be heard saying: “No genuine negotiations have begun to rescue your children.”

The narrator also mentions the recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron,  saying that Petronin “is hoping that the new French president will come to her rescue.”

Macron said he welcomed the first sign of life for several months from Petronin.

He said of the jihadis: “These people are nothing. They are terrorists, thugs and assassins.

“And we will put all of our energies into eradicating them.”

Macron met Sunday in Mali with heads of state from five nations across Africa’s Sahel region to build support for a new 5,000-strong multinational force to counter extremists there.

Deadly attacks in recent years in countries once considered relatively safe have alarmed the international community.

In March, a video announced the creation of Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen from a merger of three extremist groups: the al-Qaida-linked al-Mourabitoun, Ansar Dine and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Gloria Cecilia Narvaez of Colombia is one of those shown in the footage
Hostage Beatrice Stockly of Switzerland is shown in an unknown location

The new terror super-group claimed responsibility for last month’s attack on a resort area popular with foreigners outside Mali’s capital that killed at least five people.

A number of the hostages have been held in Mali for several years.

Of the six shown in the video, McGowan was seized earliest, abducted in 2011 from a hostel in Timbuktu.

Romanian captive Iulian Ghergut is among those being held by the group
South African hostage Stephen McGowan is shown in an unknown location

Narvaez, a nun, was the most recently seized, abducted in February near the border with Burkina Faso.

The video comes after Sweden’s government on Monday announced the release of Johan Gustafsson, who was held by Islamic extremists in Mali for six years.

Date-stamped: 2017, July, 2nd . | Time-stamped: 6:05 pm | By: Tom Michael  | Article Linkthesun.co.uk | Article Title: SIGN OF LIFE Al-Qaeda group in Mali releases proof of life footage of SIX foreign hostages – as French president vows to eradicate ‘thug’ terrorist captors

News 24 Reports: Al-Qaeda in Mali releases video showing six foreign hostages alive

Bamako – Al-Qaeda’s Mali branch has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

The 16 minute, 50 second video by Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, also known as the Group to Support Islam and Muslims, was released on Telegram on Saturday, SITE said.

The other four hostages shown are South African Stephen McGown, Romanian Iulian Ghergut, Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockly and Colombian nun Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti.

No group had previously claimed responsibility for kidnapping Frenchwoman Petronin, who was abducted in late 2016 by armed men in the northern Malian town of Gao, where she ran an organisation for malnourished children.

After a video clip showing Petronin, the narrator said she was hoping the French president would help return her to her family, according to SITE.

‘It’s a long time to be away’ 

The video was released just before President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force.

In the video, the hostages are separately introduced by a narrator, who says that so far there have been no negotiations for their release.

The first shown is McGown, who was abducted in Timbuktu, northern Mali, in November 2011.

“It’s a long time to be away … Until when do you think this will come to an end? Now we’re making a new video, but I don’t know what to say. It’s all been said in the past. It’s all been said in previous videos I’ve made,” McGown says, according to a transcription by SITE.

He is followed by Australian Elliott, in his 80s, who, along with his wife Jocelyn, was abducted in January 2015 in Djibo, Burkina Faso, where the couple had run the sole medical clinic since 1972. Jocelyn was released in February 2016.

Next in the video is Romanian mineworker Ghergut, who says he was captured in Burkina Faso on April 4, 2015.

‘No genuine negotiations’ 

The women are then shown, including Swiss missionary Stockly, who was kidnapped in Mali in January 2016.

Colombian nun Argoti was seized by armed men in the Mali village of Karangasso close to the Burkina Faso border in February 2017.

At the end of the undated video, while not spelling out any demands the narrator tells the hostages’ families “no genuine negotiations have begun” for their release but then adds that negotiations are “still active”.

In 2012, Mali’s north fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda who exploited an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel uprising, though the Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013.

Since then, jihadists have continued to mount numerous attacks on civilians and the army, as well as on French and UN forces stationed there.

Please continue to pray. Please continue to avoid wider circulation.

Published: 2017 July, 02 | Date-stamped: 11:10 | Article Link: news24.com | Article Title:  | Al-Qaeda in Mali releases video showing six foreign hostages alive

BBC Reports: Hostages shown in al-Qaeda Mali video as Macron flies in

KEN ELLIOTT LISTED IN HOSTAGES – SEE

French hostage Sophie Petronin was abducted from Gao in December

AMali-based al-Qaeda affiliate has released a video of six foreign hostages ahead of a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to the country.

They include a French NGO worker, an elderly Australian surgeon and a Colombian nun.

No “genuine” negotiations to release them have taken place, the video says.

Mr Macron is in Mali to consolidate western backing for a regional force against the militants.

Among the hostages seen in the footage is Sophie Petronin, who was abducted last December in the town of Gao, where she ran an NGO helping malnourished children.

The video’s narrator said Ms Petronin was hoping that Mr Macron would help return her to her family.

Speaking in Mali’s capital Bamako, Mr Macron said France and the “Sahel G5” countries – Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger – had to work together to eradicate “terrorists, thugs and murderers”.

Mr McGown has been held since 2011

He said France would “put all our energy towards eradicating” those who had kidnapped Ms Petronin.

The video also shows South African hostage Stephen McGown asking when his ordeal will come to an end.

“Now we’re making a new video, but I don’t know what to say. It’s all been said in the past. It’s all been said in previous videos I’ve made,” he says.

Analysis – Thomas Fessy, BBC West Africa Correspondent

The release of this video will lead many to believe that it was timed to coincide with a meeting of West African leaders and France’s president in Mali on Sunday.

It is a reminder that al-Qaeda affiliates remain the main jihadist threat across the region. Some of the hostages were abducted a few years ago while others more recently – keeping hostages that long and seizing new ones show how much al-Qaeda relies on ransom money to operate.

The deployment of yet another force, discussed on Sunday, is part of a huge security build-up in the Sahel, where foreign military presence has increased in the last few years.

But observers say political solutions are also needed across the impoverished region, where a lack of 

infrastructure and opportunities allows jihadist groups to thrive.

Mr McGown was kidnapped from a hotel in Timbuktu in 2011 along with two others, Swede Johan Gustafsson – who was released last month – and Dutchman Sjaak Rijke – who was freed by French special forces in 2015.

Also shown is Australian Ken Elliott, who is in his 80s. He was abducted in January 2015 in Djibo with his wife Jocelyn, where the couple had been running the town’s only medical facilities. Jocelyn was released in February 2016.

“To my family I just want to say again I love you all,” he says.

MEDIA: Dicko Seydou from Djibo

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The others are Romanian mineworker Iulian Ghergut, who says he was abducted in Burkina Faso in April 2015, Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockly, kidnapped in Mali in January 2016, and Colombian nun Gloria Argoti, seized in Mali in February.

The 17-minute video was released by a group calling itself the Group to Support Islam and Muslims, formed in early March as a result of a merger between Mali-based jihadist group Ansar Dine, al-Mourabitoun, and the Sahara branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

In November the NGO Gift of the Givers said AQIM elders had agreed to release Mr McGown but younger members did not want to.

Mali’s security has gradually worsened since 2013, when French forces repelled allied Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters who had seized control of much of the north.

Mr Macron wants greater support for the Sahel G5, who are setting up a 5,000-strong force based in Sévaré in central Mali to fight rising militant attacks.

He hopes to help raise funds for the force – so far, the EU has pledged only €50m (£44m; $57m), while Mali’s

foreign minister has estimated that the force would cost closer to €400m.

Mr Macron said attempts to combat terrorism needed to be accompanied by parallel efforts to improve development in the region, including fighting climate change and improving governance.

There are 4,000 French troops and 12,000 UN peacekeepers in the region.

Last month, five people – soldiers from Portugal and Mali, a Malian woman working for the EU mission and civilians from China and Gabon – were killed when gunmen from an al-Qaeda-linked group stormed a tourist resort near the capital Bamako.

Published: 2017, July, 2. | Article Link: bbc.comArticle Title: Hostages shown in al-Qaeda Mali video as Macron flies in

Ken Elliott Australian surgeon, 82, is still alive

Ken Elliott listed in hostages – see





(VIDEO): SITE Reports: Media Unit of Al-Qaeda’s Mali Affiliate Releases Proof-of-Life Video of Six Foreign Hostages

A media unit of Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Mali, released a proof-of-live video showing six hostages, three of them female missionaries, from Australia, Colombia, France, and Romania, South Africa, and Switzerland.


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Date-stamped: 2017 July 1st | Article Link: ent.siteintelgroup.comArticle Title: Elderly Australian couple kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso

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Date-stamped: 2016 January 17th | Day: Sunday | Time-stamped: 10.40 AEDT  | Article Link: theguardian.com | Article Title: Elderly Australian couple kidnapped in northern Burkina Faso

Date-stamped: 2017, July 3rd | Time-stamped: 3:45 PM | Article Link: leaksource.wordpress.com | Article Title: Al-Qaeda Mali Branch Releases Proof of Life Video Showing 6 Foreign Hostages (ZA, AU, RO, CH, CO, FR) (Proof-of-live Video Full Copy available in article)

MHC2 Perth Report: Revival Noongar Community

spread-word-reportsRevival has hit my Noongar Community in Perth, we were so Hungry for God.

The meetings with Pastor Abraham Charles from London, UK.  They were like nothing I have seen before nor him… the children were moving and playing but listening at the same time… it was a church meeting of chaos… a holy chaos… one half of the church was sitting perfectly still… the other half were on the move, playing, worshipping with the flags and banners… many young children and youth… on the move and were touched by God… the normal Christian person would have found this very challenging… so praise God we didn’t see too many people from the normal church background present… now that the fire has fallen… I urge you to come and visit with us…

MHC2 Perth

It was so powerful that almost every person was slain in the Holy Spirit and fell to the ground as the Pastor prayed for them.

The children felt the touch of God and then every night afterwards, they lined up to be touched again… and down they went in the Holy Ghost…. slain in the spirit and loving it… the children also were a big part of our worship team as we started each night…singing and dancing…

Many were healed and delivered and set free… so many good things have happened that there is literally too much to tell… one of my cousins just received a hug and when I saw him last night, he looked like 10-20 years had dropped off him… his face was glowing… others in the Noongar family are still talking about how God touched them… and something has changed inside of them…one lady said she is different and you can see it … she is now healed of deep inner pain in her heart… her countenance has also changed…

Children had visions and saw Jesus and one little 5 year old girl was saying that she could feel the touch of Jesus on her right shoulder… she asked… does Jesus stay with you when you sleep and the answer we gave her… was yes…Jesus never leaves us nor forsakes us… another young girl saw Jesus kneeling on one knee and praying for her… two nights in a row…

One lady who had alzheimer’s, couldn’t walk unassisted… but after Pastor Abraham hugged her… she walked unaided….

Another lady walked with a limp but now… she is walking without a limp… Many were healed … people with diabetes were prayed for God touched them…

On Saturday night, there was a major act of reconciliation and blessing between the Noongar people and the Sri Lankan Indian Community who came out to the meetings… this was very powerful… as the Noongars welcomed them and hugged them and the children prayed prayers of blessings and key elders amongst the community… in turn the Sri Lanken Indian community prayed blessings and sang a song back to the Noongars… it was very impacting…

One young man who had fits since he was a child of two, was so hungry for God and prayer, that he sat right in the front and waited and waited and insisted that he get healed… he was touched by God when he was slain in the spirit and felt the heat of God go through his body… the next night he wanted prayer again… and again he went down under the power of the Holy Spirit… God just blew us all away with his amazing goodness and love for the people…

There were Christians who came and stood with us… other Pastors who didn’t have big names… came and served us during the past week… Pastor Virginia, Pastor Mark, brother Steve… Vanda, Chris, Penny, Alexandra and others… who just helped us with the sound, picking up the pastor when I couldn’t.

Will be officially re launching the Arrowhead Christian Church in the Kelmscott/Armadale area in Perth, Western Australia.

6.30pm Start. 

KELMSCOTT HALL,

RIVER ROAD,

KELMSCOTT  

by Arrowhead International

For many years now, we have been ministering in houses and going from place to place… sometimes in my shed at the back of my house, other times in my home as we have moved houses… other times the ministry has held events and conferences such as this one… nationally, locally and internationally… we have been continually moving forwards and continually building… BUT 13 YEARS AGO, there was a blockage!  The Arrowhead Christian Church went through something that we never recovered from… 50 people were meeting in my house…and we started the Arrow Head Christian Church in a building in Armadale… BUT…. something happened… I lost the momentum and the church lay dormant…

God in his grace and mercy kept us all these years and I was able to continue to minister to my people… mostly one on one… and from house to house… and as the Spirit led me…


This week, God gave me a vision and understanding...the seed had laid dormant for 13 years...

During our leaders meeting on Friday and after the message that Pastor preached… I saw a vision of a seed inside my being…The seed had germinated and now there was two little shoots beginning to uncurl…

   New Life Had Begun…:    just like when a fire burns the forest floor and then suddenly afterwards all this greenery begins to appear…  

    Revelation…:     for 13 years the seed had laid dormant…

    But Now…:    God has decreed and we are Officially Opening the Church Again and re launching it in the Kelmscott Hall, in River Road, Kelmscott.  28th Feb Sunday at 6.30pm. 


WE NEED A BUS… Even if we could get a 12 seater bus… is there anyone who feels they can help us to get a 12 seater bus for picking up our people on Sundays…

If you want to help Arrowhead International as we continue to move forwards in Him.  Make a donation … we need our own projector for this weekend… I donated my projector to a pastor who was urgently in need of a projector for his ministry several months ago… now we need our own and also a projector screen for the songs in church… if you are able to help, please call me on 0412899966 or email me…

Donate to: Account Name: Arrowhead International, Account Number 524137, BSB Number 036032

JERICHO – THE WALLS CAME DOWN

The last night (24th Feb 2016) a word came forth concerning Jericho and walking around the walls seven times… PROPHETIC ACTION … So together we all walked around the inside of the building 7 times… at the end we shouted Jesus… and Pastor Abraham preached and declared the walls completely destroyed… where we had walked in circles for the past 12-13 years… where others had walls… now they are down… God broke the walls down… never to be the same… we are breaking out on every side… no more restraints… GOD IS ON THE MOVE… the ark is on the move… move when God says move… Amen!


Love and blessings to all… COME AND SEE WHAT GOD IS DOING WITH OUR NOONGAR PEOPLE and the new partnership that has been formed with the Refugees of Sri Lanka… we embraced and now we are family… blessings to each community from each other flowed… God is good!

from: GLORIA MILLER Arrow-Head International | Arrow-Head Christian Church | Arrow-Head Ministries

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Pakistan: A Taliban Nation in the Making

by Timothy Tay

When Ali Jinnah decided to break rank with India’s Gandhi and form the new state of Pakistan in 1947 he sought to create a democratic society with freedom of religion guaranteed through constitution and keeping the government secular.

In 1979 the civilian government under Ali Bhutto was replaced by General Zia-ul-Haq who introduced a blasphemy law to appease the muslim radicals in the society.

This law had given grounds to radicals to persecute Christians.

The forgotten Pakistani Christian Martyrs1)Pakistan Christian Post   | www | pdf | The forgotten Pakistani Christian Martyrs. By Nazir Bhatti

Martyr Feroz Masih: 
who was killed by Karachi Police firing in front of Governor House on February 13, 1997, during a peaceful protest procession against Muslim mob attack on a Christian village Shanti Nagar in Punjab province of Pakistan. In clouds of tear gas shelling and police firing on Christian protestors, hundreds became unconscious, dozens were injured while nine received bullet injuries and more than 1,000 were arrested. Feroz Masih was among those nine critical bullet wounded Christian who were rushed to JPMC Hospital where he died with his one hand tightened in police hand cuff to his bed.

Bishop John Joseph: 
who was mysteriously murdered by secret agencies of Pakistan on May 6, 1998, in Sahewal city of Punjab province of Pakistan. Martyr Bishop John Joseph was Catholic Bishop of Faisalabad Dioceses who led rallies and observed hunger strikes against blasphemy laws and raised voice for oppressed Pakistani Christians on International forums. There were gatherings and prayers on anniversary of Martyr Bishop John Joseph organized by Catholic Church of Pakistan and socio-political organizations funded by him up to year 2002. Now years have been passed and none of any organization has bothered to issue any press release on anniversary of Bishop John Joseph.

Nawaz Masih and James Masih:
were first Christian Martyrs of Pakistan who were killed by Police firing in Rawalpindi when police opened fire on peaceful protest procession of Christians against nationalization of missionary Schools, Hospitals and Colleges during ZA Bhutto government in 1972. This protest procession was taken out from Gordon College Rawalpindi and marching towards Governor House to present memorandum against nationalization of Christian institutions. Like Martyr Feroz Masih, Martyr Nawaz Masih and Martyr James Masih were also not Bishops or high profile Christian leaders but common laymen who had love for Christian nation in Pakistan. The families of Nawaz Masih and James Masih were not supported by any Christian political groups or Bishops who had been enjoying benefits of Christian institutions and living like feudal lords. It is very unfortunate that none of any Christian clergy and association have ever celebrated or marked anniversary of our Martyrs.

There are Martyrs of Essa Nagri in Karachi:
who laid their lives defending Christian children and women when Muslim land mafia attacked on this largest Christian colony in Sindh province of Pakistan. These Two Martyrs of Essa Nagri have graves in Awami Church of this colony and people pay homage and offer prayers on their graves. 

We must not forget but honor those Christians with award of “Martyrs” who were killed by extremist Muslim groups on accusations of blasphemy weather they not sacrificed their lives to ensure basic democratic rights through a political process and voiced on streets of Pakistan against regime controlled by Muslim majority.

Let us remember: 
 Tahir: who was killed in Lahore jail awaiting trial of blasphemy, Bantu Masih who was stabbed to death in lockup of Lahore police on blasphemy charges, Manzoor Masih who was gunned down in front of Lahore High Court when coming out after hearing of case under blasphemy, Rashid Brothers who were murdered in Faisalabad Court House when came to face blasphemy charges in police custody and other Christian victims of blasphemy being killed in jails or roads.

Martyrs of Gojra city in Punjab: (seven children, women and elder) 
 It is horrible incident of August 1, 2009, when Muslim mob attacked Christian Town in Gojra city and burnt alive seven children, women and elder.

Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minority Minister:
was assassinated on March 2, 2011, in capital city Islamabad. The banned outfit Tehreek Talban Punjab accepted responsibility of killing Shahbaz Bhatti and warned same fate for anyone who comments on blasphemy law. As a federal minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti has announced to revise blasphemy to prevent its misuse against religious communities which was disliked by extremist Muslim groups in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Further Reading

Two notable politicians had been murdered this year so far because of their opposition against this legislation:

CIP article : Shahbax Bhatti  | www | Minister in charge of minority interests

CIP article : Salman Taseer  | www | Chief Minister of the leading state of Punjab

Related articles :

  | www | pdf | Pakistan Must Abolish the Blasphemy Law: By Lee Jay Walker

  | www | pdf | Blasphemy law is root cause of violence against Christians. by George Murad

  | www | pdf | Pakistani girl making strides after shooting by Taliban Pakistani girl making strides after shooting by Taliban By Henry Chu • Los Angeles Times

References   [ + ]

1. Pakistan Christian Post   | www | pdf | The forgotten Pakistani Christian Martyrs. By Nazir Bhatti

Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti

by Timothy Tay

The only Christian in the nation’s parliament, Shahbaz Bhatti, 42, was shot dead in his car as he was driven away after visiting his mother on Wednesday morning.This incident follows a similar slaying of Salman Taseer, a liberal politician who was gunned down in Karachi by one of his guards (read editorial below).

Pakistan’s Taliban and al-Qaeda factions had claimed responsibility for the assassination.

“As a Christian, I believe Jesus is my strength. He has given me a power and wisdom and motivation to serve suffering humanity. I follow the principles of my conscience, and I am ready to die and sacrifice my life for the principles I believe,” said Shahbaz Bhatti, on a recent visit to Canada.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was shocked and outraged by this assassination and Christianity Today reported her saying, “I recently had the opportunity to meet with Minister Bhatti. He was a very impressive, courageous man. He was a patriot. He was a man of great conviction. He cared deeply for Pakistan and he had dedicated his life to helping the least among us.

When I spoke with him, he was well aware of the drumbeat of threats against him. Despite those threats, when the Pakistan Government was recently reshuffled and the cabinet shrunk, he agreed to continue his work as the Minister for Minorities Affairs. And on behalf of the United States, I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and his colleagues.”

Related Article:

: | www | | : Sprayed with 25 bullets: Pakistan’s only Christian minister executed by Taliban gunman after campaigning for free speech By DAILY MAIL REPORTER . 2 March 2011