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Probe proves Shabhaz Bhatti was killed over Pak blasphemy law denunciation: Brother

Islamabad , Fri, 01 Jul 2011 ANI

Islamabad, July 1(ANI): The Shabhaz Bhatti assassination probe is finally on the right track, and a rapid conclusion of the case would be a good sign for the health of the state of law in Pakistan, the slain politician's brother has said.


"The investigations into the murder of my brother Shabhaz are finally on the right track: it is the work carried out by the Taliban and Islamic fanatics. Now we are waiting for the capture of the perpetrators of the crime, who are in Dubai. The Minister of Interior, Rehman Malik, has announced an international arrest warrant," Paul Bhatti said in an interview to Catholic Fides.


The inquiry commission organised by Malik announced that Shabhaz's murder was organized by the "Brigade 313" of Al Qaeda, known as "ghost army" and led by the Pakistani Taliban leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was reportedly killed in a drone attack last month.


According to the inquiry commission report, Brigade 313 commissioned a Taliban commander in Punjab, Asmatullah Mawaia, to eliminate the minister, and the plan was then executed by "Tehrik-e-Islami" elements, along with a faction of the group "Ghazi Force in Islamabad".


Paul Bhatti, who is Special Advisor to the Prime minister for Religious Minorities, said: "After the sidetracking of the inquiry and attempts of reducing the charge of murder due to personal enmity, slinging mud at my brother, the truth is emerging: we were convinced that he was killed for his commitment to human rights, the rights of Christians, for the brave denunciation against the blasphemy law. Now the investigation proves us right."


"We are hoping for a rapid conclusion, with the capture of the perpetrators of the crime. It would be a good sign for the health of the state of law in Pakistan", he said, adding that to "honour the memory of my brother, we will continue his work and his mission, working for the protection of religious minorities throughout the country." (ANI)


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