Following is the Profile of Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti who was assassinated here on Wednesday morning.
Shahbaz Bhatti, son of Jacob Bhatti was born on September 9, 1968 in Lahore, Punjab.
Bhatti joined Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in 2002.
Shahbaz Bhatti was elected Member of the National Assembly on reserved seat for minorities on the ticket of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
He was made Federal Minister for Minorities in year 2008.
Shahbaz Bhatti was again included in the Federal Cabinet with same portfolio last month.
He was one of the founding members of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) in 1985.
He was Chairman of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, Founder and President of the Christian Liberation Front, and the Executive Director of the Pakistan Council for Human Rights.
Shahbaz Bhatti was the first parliamentarian who made history by assuming the Federal Minister for Minorities.
Shahbaz Bhatti also received International Religious Freedom Award for rendering services to the community. He was the first ever Pakistani to receive this award
He was bachelor and have four brothers and one sister. His father died last month in Faisalabad. He was living in Sector I-8/4 Islamabad.
As federal minister, Bhatti took serious steps to ensure the safety, rights and empower religious minorities while in office.
He launched national campaign to promote interfaith and harmony through seminars, awareness groups, and workshop.
Story first published: 2nd March 2011