Remembering Shahbaz Bhatti, an unsung hero of Pakistan
Fate connected me to Salma Peter John – the widow of Pakistan’s slain Christian Minister Shahbaz Bhatti who was assassinated by violent extremists. I cried then and cried yesterday after speaking to brave Salma and watching this video. I share your grief and stand by you. There is no reason that Cammy should have died, no justification but Pakistan and its negligent state enabled this killing. He was a bright man whenever I met him. At least I have the consolation that I will meet Salma in a few weeks and do whatever little I can to turn her grief into the voice that condemns injustice. All these instances of losing Mustafa, my driver-friend-family-member and so many others I know has only taught me one thing. No need to be silent. And finding a place on planet earth where you can reclaim your voice and freedom.
Once again Salma – I could not meet you in Pakistan. I tried many times. And now you contacted me yourself. Half of my sorrow is washed away by the fact that you are alive and well. And coping with dislocation like me.