A Pakistani diocese opened the cause for Shahbaz Bhatti,a Pakistani politician as the initial step in declaring him as a martyr. The diocese had opened the cause on the fifth anniversary of the assassination of of Shahbaz Bhatti.
Bhatti was a Catholic and was the only Christian in the Pakistani cabinet. He worked as the federal minister for minorities and raised voice against religious persecution, especially the misuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
The Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi began to collect testimonies to esquire into his martyrdom and sanctity. One among the testimony was that of Bishop Anthony Lobo’s, who died in 2013. His testimony had sent to the Vatican’s missionary news agency Fides in 2012. In it he said that, “he decided to play an active part in politics in order to protect the country’s Christians and other minorities. A man of great commitment he decided not to marry. He lived a life of celibacy. He had no possessions and saw his activity as a service. I believe that Clement Shahbaz Bhatti was a dedicated lay Catholic martyred for his faith.”
After more than a year of death threats, he was gunned down by members of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan on March 2, 2011.