Last nights memorial at the High Commission was a timely and worthwhile event. Speakers at the meeting included Bishop Michael Nazir Ali and James Shera two of the most prominent Pakistani Christians in the UK.
The High Commissioner His Excellency Wajid Shamsul Hassan gave a lengthy and detailed summary of the impressive achievements of Shahbaz Bhatti.
Some Pakistani Christians chose to boycott the event and even suggested that going the memorial was "collusion with the enemy"?.
The event had been organised to honour our deceased martyr Shahbaz Bhatti and was not a meal set up to counteract the Christian Social Link protest on the 19th March. Such as the one set up on the date and time of the very first BPCA protest on December 19th 2009. That meal was cancelled last minute and left many of the invitees feeling rather sheepish.
The BPCA does not feel that this is a time to protest so soon after the death of Shahbaz Bhatti, however, we feel obliged to support any clamour for justice from Christians groups working towards Pakistani liberation.
As such we will be attending and provide details below:
Date: 19th March 2011
It is a shame that Christian Social link failed to attend the memorial to Shahbaz, as they missed a rousing speech from the excellent Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, who spoke of Jinnah's Vision, Mohammed's forbearance and the contribution of Pakistani Christians. James Shera also called for peace, unity and tolerance.
Finally, even before this posting I received an email from Daud Nusrani condemning those that attended the memorial to Shahbaz Bhatti (copied into message below). If he had bothered to come he would have heard Bishop Michael and James Shera give such wonderful accolades to one of Pakistan's hero's, in the most fitting place in the UK - the Pakistan Embassy. For me it was a great privilege to hear these great men speak about the virtue of a man who sacrificed his life for others less fortunate than he.
Shahbaz Bhatti was a Christian and a Pakistani he wore both cultural identities with great honour, passion and commitment. He never faltered form supporting his country, or his brethren. It is time others took a leaf from his book.