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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Bhatti investigation - update

Last week we posted an article about the investigation into Shabhaz Bhatti's assassination / martyrdom, detailing some of the bizarre twists and turns the investigation took, including the claim from an anonymous 'source' that the killers were family members with a personal grudge and had fled to Dubai.

Now a top police official in Islamabad, Bani Amin Khan, told a Senate panel that they have clear evidence that it was perpetrated by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as initially indicated by the TTP pamphlets left at the scene. He stated that the police had identified two perpetrators, and it was these who had fled to Dubai.

As we said before, it seems likely that someone (and most likely some people) are trying to 'spin' the facts to try and implicate Bhatti's family, muddy the water and divert attention away from the real culprits. It is good to hear that the official line is rather different, but the 'blame the Christians' line does show something of the ideological forces at work around the investigation, and we can only presume that these same forces are working to prevent justice being done, and a full investigation of all who were complicit in the attack. We pray wisdom, courage and insight for those investigating, along with integrity to hold out for truth, and not settling for convenient 'lines to take' according to threats, coercion, and political and ideological considerations.

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