Former Minister of minorities’ Shehbaz Bhatti was killed in March 2nd as he was in a great support of Asia Bibi’s case. Now the Pakistani police are spreading new falsehoods and new doubts about the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti
According to the police in Islamabad, the two suspects in the killing, Zia-ur-Rehman and Malik Abid, would be two ex-Christians from Faisalabad, converted to Islam, who allegedly have a property dispute with the Bhatti family. The police have also stated that there is no evidence against them.
Police is continuously giving the cover up to the Shebaz Bhatti case. It’s for the second time. before this in august some of the media reported police statements that Shehbaz Bhatti is being murdered due to the “family disputes” but later on the Court of Counterterrorism issued an international arrest warrant against Zia-ur-Rehman and Malik Abid, who after the assassination would have fled to Dubai
Few days back Zia-ur-Rehman and Malik Abid were deported back to Pakistan. The Senior Superintendent of Police Operations and the head of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), however, said that “the suspects are being detained for investigating, they both were allegedly nominated by the Bhatti family, yet it would be too early to comment on their involvement in Bhatti’s assassination as there is no evidence available about their involvement. They are being detained on the basis of doubt; things will get clear once they are interrogated.”
These police statements provoked the Christians in pakistan.they give strong reactions and criticism for them in church of Pakistan. Bishop of Islamabad “Mons Rufin Anthony”, who is a personal friend of Shehbaz Bhatti said that “the statement by the police is totally absurd.”If they are not sure about the involvement of the suspects”, he added, “then what are they suspecting them for? Why did the court issue the warrants if the JIT didn’t have any evidence about their involvement?”
For the bishop, there is a suspicion that “the police are defending the culprits, or diverting the direction of the case, arresting some so-called suspects and then gets them released, on the basis of the non-availability of solid evidence for their involvement.” “It is clear”, he continued, “that if there is no evidence against the two suspects, they will be released by the court.”
To Mons. Anthony, it is urgent to set up a serious inquiry committee. “It is about time that the concerned authorities start taking things seriously: as Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination is not only the assassination of a Federal Minister, it is the assassination of the voice of the voiceless. They have silenced a man, but can never silence his vision, his thoughts and his struggle for the marginalized”.
The Muslim personalities also shared prelate’s opinion .An academic Muslim cleric, Maulana Mahfooz Khan, also comments on the police statements: “They are just to divert the direction of the case. How can a vehicle which the murderers were using disappear from the Federal Capital, where there are security checkpoints on all the entry and exits? Every citizen is stopped and questioned at every security checkpoint, how can a vehicle filled with armed men escape un-noticed by the authorities?”
Mahfooz Khan agrees that a new judicial commission is urgent. “The Government”, he adds, “seems reluctant in taking interest in the assassination of their own Federal Minister, who was slain in broad daylight in Islamabad.”
“Shahbaz Bhatti”, he concludes, “fought for the rights of minorities; his struggle for the interfaith harmony is remarkable.”