ASIA/PAKISTAN - Shahbaz Bhatti, a crime still unpunished

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 blasphemy   religious minorities   terrorism   religious freedom   human rights   justice  


Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "After five years, the killers of Catholic minister Shahbaz Bhatti have not been brought to justice. In 2011, Bhatti, a well-known defender of human rights in Pakistan, was brutally murdered by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan terrorist group, that proudly claimed responsibility for the murder": says to Agenzia Fides Christian lawyer Sardar Mushatq Gill, engaged in the defense of Christians in Pakistan.
"After Bhatti’s murder, the political leadership has not done much to ask the police and the judiciary to bring his killers to justice. Also no one asks to repeal the blasphemy law, which continues to encourage mass violence, murders committed with impunity and marginalization of religious minorities".
Gill's lawyer highlights that many other activists and human rights defenders are at risk, especially those who defend the cases of people unjustly accused of blasphemy, "but the state does not offer adequate protection and security".
Although the issue has been raised by the international community, in various forums, "abuses of the blasphemy law continue and the impunity with which these abuses are treated makes human rights a dangerous challenge in Pakistan", notes Gill, remembering that activists and lawyers of the NGO LEAD, led by him, have suffered threats and attacks. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 01/06/2016)