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Pakistani bishops ask Vatican to recognize Bhatti as a martyr for religious freedom

Bhatti was the highest ranking Catholic official in Pakistan?s government before his assassination in early March. It?s believed he was killed by Muslim extremists due to his opposition of Pakistan?s blasphemy law and his defense of Asia Bibi, the woman sentenced to death for violating this law. The assembly also expressed it?s concern over rising violence towards Christians throughout the region, as most recently two more Christians were killed in central India. They also condemned the recent episodes surrounding the talk of burning Korans in the United States, which they said would have grave repercussions in Pakistan. Fides News Agency also announced that Paul Bhatti, the brother of Shahbaz, has been named as special counsel to the Prime Minister. ; He will also lead the Pakistan Minorities Alliance, the network created by his brother in 2002 for the protection of religious minorities. AERRJM-BN