Federal Minister for Minorities affairs Shahbaz Bhatti was Killed in the I-8/ area of Islamabad-Pakistan

Posted: March 2, 2011 in News and Views

Federal Minister for Minority affairs Shahbaz Bhatti was killed in the I-8/3 area of Islamabad on Wednesday morning by three unidentified gunmen. The minister had left his house moments ago when his car was intercepted by a white Suzuki Mehran.

Shahbaz Bhatti-Foreign Minister for Minorities

Assailants, dressed in shalwar kurtas, first took the minister’s driver out the car and then shot at Bhatti. According to IG Islamabad, this was not a security lapse as escorts were provided to Bhatti, which he was not using. The minister had apparently instructed his security to wait at the office in I-8/4. Bhatti had been receiving death threats and he had requested the government for more security. He was provided with four guards by the interior ministry. Earlier, Bhatti had voiced his fears that he believed he would be “the highest target” following the assassination of Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer for speaking out against the blasphemy law. Bhatti had said fatwas, or religious decrees, had been issued calling for him to be beheaded, by extremist clerics in the country who were allowed to publicly spread messages of violence with impunity.

Footage of Ministers’ interview by Al Jazeera English-

 

 

 

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