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Pakistan’s religious minorities want independent investigation of Bhatti’s murder”

ICC Note

 “The situation for religious minorities and for Christians is not easy. A climate of intolerance rules. In the APMA we will continue the mission of Shahbaz Bhatti as the nation needs harmony, peace and tolerance.”

03/22/2011 Pakistan (Spero News)-Religious minorities in Pakistan call on the Government to institute a independent Commission of inquiry, directed by a Supreme Court Judge, to investigate the assassination of the Federal Minister for Religious Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti. This was confirmed to Fides by Peter Bhatti, Minister Shahbaz’s brother and current Director of the “All Pakistan Minorities Alliance” (APMA), the network founded by Shahbaz Bhatti to promote the rights of religious minorities in Pakistan.

“We are not at all satisfied about how the enquiries are progressing the investigations,” explains Bhatti to Fides. “In the team conducting the investigations there are ambiguous people carrying on work that is unclear. They are even trying to take another track, to clear the Islamic extremists from blame and look for causes of the murder among personal enmities.”

Drawing a picture of the situation in Pakistan, Najmi Saleem, Christian, head of APMA in Punjab, remarked to Fides: “The situation for religious minorities and for Christians is not easy. A climate of intolerance rules. In the APMA we will continue the mission of Shahbaz Bhatti as the nation needs harmony, peace and tolerance.”

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