The Association “Missione Shahbaz Bhatti Onlus” (MSB) is inspired by the thought and vision of Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister of Minorities Affairs in Pakistan from 2008 to 2011 and Chairman of All Pakistan Minorites Alliance (APMA) – the largest minorities movement in Pakistan.
Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated on 2nd March 2011 for his struggle to promote human equality, social justice and interfaith harmony in Pakistan. He dedicated 28 years of his life to see a country where everyone can live in peace and without fear.
Shahbaz Bhatti was able to effect huge political and social changes, bettering the lives of marginalized and oppressed people. Some of his achievements seem unfathomable in Pakistan, where many seek to impose their radical philosophy. For example:
– He established prayer rooms for religious minorities in several governmental Pakistani institutions.
– He spear-headed establishing special quotas for the participation of religious minorities in the government, in order to bring them into the mainstream of society.
– He established committees for inter religious dialogue to eliminate those acts of violence that are committed in the name of religion.
– He got approved from the Pakistani Parliament four member seats in Senate for Religious Minorities. It is worth mentioning that not so many years ago, a representation of religious minorities in Senate asking the government was utterly inconceivable.
– He promoted and fostered relationships between Muslims, Christians and members of other religious minorities. He gained great respect from all believers and non-believers.
– He stayed true to his commitment until his last breath.
Missione Shahbaz Bhatti aims to continue his work to create a society in Pakistan, but not only, where everyone can live with dignity and respect.