» 08/09/2011, 00.00
Smoke screen and false news to hide Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassins
For a Catholic lawyer and politician, the media are misleading the public. Closely monitoring the investigation into the murder of the Minority Affairs minister, he rejects the family dispute claim, insisting instead on the initial focus, namely “death squads” close to Islamic extremism. On Thursday, Minorities Day, Masses and prayers will be held for Bhatti in Pakistan and around the world.
Doubts and surprise among Christians over the first arrest in the Shahbaz Bhatti murder case
After a long period of silence, it is “odd” that the one person who is arrested is an employee of the slain minister who worked for him for ten years, the bishop of Islamabad noted. A Catholic activist finds the direction of the investigation “surprising” and full of oddities. The job of the minister’s brother Paul is at risk, but for the latter it is “premature” to say anything about the probe, urging everyone to wait for the end of the interrogations.
Police in Rawalpindi clears Abid Malik of charges in the Bhatti murder case
After issuing an international warrant that led to his arrest in the United Arab Emirates, police decides there is a "lack of evidence" against the Malik, who should be released shortly. The other suspect, Zia ur-Rehman, is still at large. For Islamabad bishop, the police is using "delaying tactics". For him, "justice delayed is justice denied."
Islamabad: no civil award for “martyr” Shahbaz Bhatti
President Zardari releases a list of 185 officials recipient of civil awards but the name of the slain Catholic minister is not on it, that of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer is. For the bishop of Islamabad, the omission is “surprising” given the fact that Bhatti “gave his life” for the country’s minorities.
Long-term “surgical intervention” needed in Pakistan, Paul Bhatti says
Special advisor talks to AsiaNews about his first weeks working with the ministry of his slain brother. Interfaith meetings and education to promote confessional coexistence are his goals. As Minority Affairs minister, the government appoints a Muslim who says, he has “strong ties” with minorities, and pledges to work for everyone’s security.
Bhatti funeral: Christians angry when worshippers and relatives denied access to church
Police seal off church after Prime Minister Gilani enters the building. Ordinary worshippers and relatives of the slain minister are kept outside. Christians react with outrage, close ranks around the family. The bishop of Islamabad says he lost a “son”. Speaking to AsiaNews, he blames the Interior minister for the minister’s death. Bhatti is laid to rest in Khushpur with thousands in attendance, including Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs.
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