On 3rd March, Pakistani Christians from across London will unite to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the martyrdom of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Catholic federal government minister assassinated for his opposition to blasphemy laws and his support for Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of 5 sentenced to death for blasphemy. The event, under the auspices of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), has drawn support from Pakistani church ministers and congregations across the capital, and is being held at 6pm in St Mary’s Church, Great Ilford. The local vicar, Father Gareth Thomas, will preside over the service, with at least five Pakistani church ministers also participating. Music will be provided by the Catholic band Ooberfuse, who have partnered with the BPCA in raising the profile of Pakistani Christians through their songs, including ‘Free Asia now’ and ‘Their Blood cries out’.
BPCA chairman Wilson Chowdhry said :
‘It is great to see a show of unity among Pakistani Christians in our capital. For all our differences, we still share the most important thing of all, and that is our Saviour, Jesus Christ, and we can all honour those who hallow his name by laying down their lives after his pattern for the sake of the church, and it is in that spirit that we, along with brothers in faith, and even those from outside the faith who are more than welcome to attend, come together to honour the life and sacrifice of Shahbaz Bhatti.’
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