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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Bhatti murder case thrown out of court

A friend of Shahbaz Bhatti weeps as he looks at the of the former minorities minister after he was attacked in Islamabad in March, 2011. A court in Rawalpindi disposed of the murder case of Bhatti, for lack of evidence against the suspect. – File photo by AP

A quick recap for those of you who may need it. Extremists shot dead Shahbaz Bhatti over a year ago. The police investigation has been marred by various delays, obfuscations and false leads, including bizarre accusations that the killing was done by a relative over a family feud over property rights. The issue has been surrounded by mystery, but several of those said to credibly be prime suspects were allowed by delays to flee to the Middle East to avoid arrest.

Of the two suspects who fled to Dubai, Ziaur Rehman and Malik Abid, Ziaur Rehman was caught in February, but at the trial he was acquitted by the judge at the Anti-Terrorism Court because please petitioned the court to release him as allegedly no evidence against him was found.

 Headlines in Pakistani papers a year after his death said 'Three arrests and releases later, Bhatti's probe trail goes cold'. Well, now it is 'Four arrests and releases....' which feels more and more like forces are deliberately allowing the trail to go cold and protecting the real perpetrators.

What forces and threats are the religious extremists behind the assassination exerting on police, witnesses and judges? We don't know. Only one suspect of the two is tracked down in Dubai, with enough evidence apparently to demand his extradition from Dubai, yet suddenly there is no evidence to connect him with the assassination? That certainly does raise eyebrows, whether the decision to release him was correct or not!

RAWALPINDI: A man booked for being allegedly involved in the murder of former minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, was acquitted by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday.

In the ATC-II hearing held by Special Judge Rana Masood in Rawalpindi, acquitted Zia-ur-Rehman and disposed of the case after an SHO of the I-9 Police Station in Islamabad said that no evidence was found against Rehman.

Zulfiqar Maloka, defence counsel, withdrew his bail plea after the court gave its decision.
Rehman was arrested in Dubai on Feb 13, 2012 for his alleged involvement in the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated outside his residence on March 1, 2011.


  1. when govenament is involoved then NO one can blam any one.

  2. Ifrahim Mathew9 May 2012 at 09:17

    Thank you Brother Wilson for keeping the torch alive.

    Ifrahim Mathew
    National Director
    Potohar Evangelistic Outreach Fellowship/Secretary :The Evangelical Alliance of Pakistan

  3. We have to get up and fight against this aggression otherwise,this is not going end. We religious leaders and elders have made so coward that we even hesitate to share our feeling about this aggression.
    Freedom requires blood and which we do not spil.
    May God give us courage and faith fight against our right.

    1. The old saying: 'all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing'. Standing up to evil men always sheds blood because these men think nothing of murdering, black mailing, stealing and raping to obtain their desires. The most terrifying thing is that evil grows like a plague and self protects. The more power it gets the more it demands and then the more it gives itself. Without something catastrophic it will prevail. So I echo your hope that God will intervene and will find a way to do it without an Apocalypse.