ISLAMABAD: The anti-Terrorism court grants bail to the alleged murderer of Shahbaz Bhatti.
According to details, Umer Abdullah was identified as the murderer of Shahbaz Bhatti – Former Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs in government of Pakistan gets bail from Anti-Terrorism Court. The Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Atiqur Rehman has held in reserve his decision on bail application of accused murderer Umer Abdullah however, granted him bail on submission of one million rupees surety bonds. However what is noteworthy that accused Umer Abdullah had earlier confessed to have murdered Shahbaz Bhatti during the interrogation by the Islamabad police. Umer Abdullah was booked by the police in June 2013 from a private hospital where he was being treated for his injuries. Additionally he is also suspected of having links with al-Qaeda.
Shahbaz Bhatti was an active politician from Pakistan Peoples Party and strong critic of the blasphemy laws, serving as Federal Minister for Minorities Affair when he was gunned down by masked men in Islamabad on March 2, 2011, when he was on way to participate in Cabinet meeting from his residence in I-8, Islamabad. The attackers intercepted his car and hit him with 28 bullets leaving him dead at the scene. Later they fled dropping pamphlets on his dead body which said: its punishment of a blasphemer by Tehreek Talban Punjab TTP. The pamphlets also warned that whoever will speak against blasphemy laws in Pakistan, his fate will be death.
Clement Shahbaz Bhatti commonly known as Shahbaz Bhatti was elected as member of the National Assembly in 2008. His political career is full of zealous and active campaigns for his community. He was the first to serve in the office of the Minister for Minorities Affairs and had the honour of being the only Christian in the then Cabinet. He demanded amendment in blasphemy laws which were being misused against the religious minorities in Pakistan primarily to settle personal scores. His assassination was mourned by many and the then President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari said: we will not be intimidated nor will we retreat. The government declared three days of mourning and the then Prime Minister-Yousaf Raza Gillani, led a two-minute silence in parliament.
Umer Abdullah’s bail has generated a wave of anger, apprehension and insecurity among millions of Christians in Pakistan despite his confession of Bhatti’s murder.