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    » 09/02/2011, 00.00


    Bhatti murder: focusing again on Islamic extremism

    Jibran Khan

    Court issues arrest warrants for two Pakistani nationals who fled to Dubai. Pakistan plans to demand the extradition of Ziaur Rehman and Malik Abid, both from Faisalabad. Move closes the chapter on allegations that the murder was due to a family feud or intra-Christian disputes. Now police are back investigating circles close to the Taliban and Islamic fundamentalism.
    Islamabad (AsiaNews) – Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court has issued an international arrest warrant against two people in connection with the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Catholic Minority Affairs Minister who was assassinated on 2 March. The order was signed by Special Judge Pervez Ali Shah against Ziaur Rehman and Malik Abid, both from Faisalabad, who fled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Now Pakistani authorities will be able to demand their extradition so that they can be put on trial.

    This development opens a new chapter in the death of the Catholic political leader, a ‘martyr’ for Pakistani Christians because he gave his life for the country’s minorities and development.

    The gunmen who killed Bhatti left a note at the scene of the crime, claiming the murder on behalf of the Taliban. Eventually, rumours began circulating, pinning the murder on intra-Christian disputes, and later on a family feud over property.

    Pakistani Christians and international human rights groups rejected such claims. The government and the police (not to mention some Pakistani newspapers that picked such stories) were thus forced to refute the rumours, focusing again on terrorism and Islamic extremist movements.

    In fact, Islamabad’s most senior police officer, Inspector General of Police Bani Amin Khan told a Senate standing committee on home affairs that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was behind the murder.

    Among Christians, initial reactions to the police chief’s statement were positive. Still, many want quicker action to shed light on Shahbaz Bhatti’s death.

    For Mgr Lawrence Saldanha, archbishop emeritus of Lahore, “now the investigations are going in the right direction”. Hopefully, “the culprits will be brought to justice,” he said.

    In the words of Islamabad’s own bishop, Mgr Sebastian Shah, the slain minister “was the voice of the voiceless”. Now, “We hope,” he said, “that those responsible are arrested and that it [recent revelations] does not turn out to be the usual tactic to divert the investigations.”

    Pervez Rafique, head of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), agrees. For him, the Joint Investigation Team report must be released and a commission of inquiry must be set up.
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    02/03/2012 PAKISTAN
    Shahbaz Bhatti, a witness for a nation where the minorities want equality, Mgr Coutts says
    The archbishop of Karachi celebrated a memorial Mass a year since the assassination of the Catholic minister. Thousands of people took place in a memorial service at his tomb, including Muslims, Hindus and members of other minorities. Great emotion and drive help Paul Bhatti continue Shahbaz's mission.

    06/02/2009 PAKISTAN
    Minorities minister in favour of UN commission on Bhutto’s assassination
    Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic, says the country is duty-bound to find organisers and perpetrators of the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister. UN commission will have three members. Last year the Pakistan People’s Party rejected the conclusions reached by a team of experts sent by Scotland Yard.

    30/06/2011 PAKISTAN
    Islamabad abolishes Minority Affairs Ministry, as Bhatti murder could go unpunished
    The chief of the team investigating the death of the Catholic minister wants to close the case for lack of evidence. Islamabad police points the finger at the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The federal government plants to close Bhatti’s old ministry. Christian garbage collector is murdered by Muslim merchant.

    02/03/2011 PAKISTAN
    Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani minister who defended Asia Bibi, is assassinated
    The attack took place this morning in Islamabad. An armed commando gunned down the Catholic minister in his car. Rushed to hospital he did not survive his wounds. Murder claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

    25/03/2011 PAKISTAN
    Paul Bhatti, brother of the murdered minister is "special adviser" to Prime Minister on Minorities
    Paul Bhatti, MD, will tour in the various provinces to see the situation first hand. The Christian community protests inadequacies in investigation into murder of the Catholic minister. Three days of fasting and prayer for justice and peace. Asia Bibil takes part behind prison bars.

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