Islamabad — Radicals bullying has induced the execution trials of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s previous minority affairs minister who was Strike down in Islamabad on March 2nd 2011, All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) stated on Saturday.
Shahbaz Bhatti, a Roman Catholic from Khushpur, was a vocal rival of Pakistan’s divisive blasphemy law.
Blasphemy is an awfully insightful subject in a Pakistan where 97 per cent of the inhabitants are Muslim and being offensive and defaming their Prophet Mohammed can bring to the death sentence.
Shamoon Gill, spokesman of APMA says that “Threatening leaflets claiming to be from the Punjabi Taliban were recovered in the workplace of our main witness, whose name cannot be revealed for safety reasons.” Further he added that the leaflets had monished the eyewitness to “stay away from the case or get prepared to be extinguished along with his family. He is petrified; he is relocating his place and facing severe life threats”
The witness is expected to come out in front of an anti-terrorism court on February 19 2014.
Shahbaz Bhatti’s brother Paul Bhatti as well served up as a federal minority minister after his brother was assassination, is the petitioner in the case. He is currently residing in Italy after facing threats from radicals that he too would be put to death. Rana Abdul Hameed, his lawyer said his absence from Pakistan has slow downed development of the case. He further stated that he as well got death threats but would confront to Diehard radicals and take the trial to its reasonable end.”I repeatedly get murder threats but I have promised myself to pursue the lawsuit,” he said.
He also represented Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl who relocated to Canada with her family last year following the charges were gone down.
“Pamphlets are thrown into my office threatening me to separate myself from the case” he said.
“They say you freed Rimsha, now you are trying to offend our brothers, you should be taught a lesson,” he added. “Paul Bhatti is overseas, he cannot come here, our witness are endangered, we are receiveing continuous warnings, what can you then anticipate from the case, it won’t go anyplace,” he added.
Pakistan’s dangerous blasphemy laws have attracted criticism from rights groups and activists, who say they are repeatedly abused to settle private matter.
Last month, a 69 year old British-Pakistani with dual nationality got death sentenced for blasphemy charges.
In 2011, Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer was gun downed for supporting the ideology to re-frame blasphemy law. Later his son also got abducted.
A Christian mother of five from rural background, Asia Bibi, remains in prison after sentenced being sentenced to death in November 2010 after another woman claimed she had made insulting comments toward the Prophet Mohammed.