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Tuesday, 14 February 2012


Tears of blood a prominent portrayal of the suffering of minorities in Pakistan

Still from video by Theo Albanis & Mirko De Nicolò"
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A few weeks before his brutal assassination Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minorities, recorded a video interview in which he spoke of the daily death threats he was receiving for giving voice to the concerns of Pakistan’s oppressed and marginalised non-Islamic groups including Sikhs, Hindus and Christians. 

On the 2nd March, the 1st anniversary of his murder, ooberfuse, in association with the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), will release a music video to accompany their song Blood Cries Out, written specifically for a Trafalgar Square peace rally on 10th March to commemorate the unshakeable Christian witness of Shahbaz’s life. Learn more about the Peace Rally here:

Front-woman of the band, Cherrie says : ‘Shahbaz’s video is both chilling and moving. Even though he knew he could be killed, he still continued his work.’  

Hal from ooberfuse adds : ‘the first line of the song is taken from Shahbaz’s video interview... ‘I know what is the meaning of (the) Cross’. The artistic director of our video was faced with the challenge of using images of blood, to capture the horror of Shahbaz’s brutal assassination, with a positive message. Whilst it is an ordinary human instinct to seek revenge when innocent blood is spilled the video avoids the theme of retribution. It shows instead how drops of blood cry out into the silence for peace.’

Wilson Chowdhry from  BPCA commented: Ooberfuse deliver a song that is heart-wrenching,  yet symbolic of the suffering of Pakistani Christians who inevitably seek solace for their future, through the sacrifice of their martyrs. The video production used strong imagery to express the pain that encompasses such death,  but showed the church as an outlet to seek a new beginning' 
Blood Cries Out music video will be released 2nd March 2012 to coincide with the 1st anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination.

10th March 2012 Peace Rally and march is organised in memory of murdered Pakistani politician and Christian, Shahbaz Bhatti. Attendees gather at the Pakistani Embassy in Lowndes Square, London, at 10.30am for the march which culminates  at 3.00pm with the rally and concert in Trafalgar Square. This event has been organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association in association with Aid to the Church in Need. 

British Pakistani Christian Association is a non-profit social enterprise company limited by guarantee. It gives a voice for Pakistani Christians by regular news up-dates from around the world. It is headed up by Wilson and Juliet Chowdhry.


ooberfuse ( is an experimental music project led by Cherrie and Hal. They share a common vision to infuse the increasingly moribund traditions of western pop with fresh eastern vigour. By refusing the standard conventions that determine the contemporary pop scene they invite their audience to rediscover ooberfuse-iasm not just for contemporary pop but for life itself! In addition to performing in front of 2million young pilgrims in the Madrid World Youth Day in 2011 they also sang the Youth Anthem for Pope Benedict’s visit to the UK IN 2010.

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