Islamists in Pakistan kill the only Christian Minister in government
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
Shahbaz Bhatti was the only Christian who had a ministerial position in the government of Pakistan. He was the Federal Minority Minister and Shahbaz Bhatti was an outspoken critic of the dreaded blasphemy law.
Therefore, according to Sunni Islamic militants he was an enemy because in their eyes they want all non-Muslim minorities and moderate Muslims to be cowed by Islamic Sharia law. However, Shahbaz Bhatti was fighting for justice and religious and political freedom because Sunni Islamic militants and the laws of Pakistan discriminate against non-Muslims and anybody who is outspoken.
The murder of Shahbaz Bhatti is a grim reminder of the nature of modern day Pakistan and how this nation is based on not only hatred from Sunni Islamists but also institutional hatred. Shahbaz Bhatti was fighting against Islamic militants, political institutions, the laws of Pakistan and ordinary Muslims who support the rule of fear in this nation. Therefore, his enemies, and others who have spoken out against religious discrimination and the blasphemy law, face major intimidation and institutional discrimination within the body politic of Pakistan.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, the President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), condemned the brutal murder of Shahbaz Bhatti and Nazir S Bhatti also raises important questions related to the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti.
Nazir S Bhatti comments that “It is surprising that Shahbaz Bhatti was heading for Cabinet meeting without any security staff when it was the responsibility of government to issue directives to security staff that Shahbaz Bhatti escort may be always present with him.”
Another point raised by Nazir S Bhatti was also related to security because it was clear knowledge that Shahbaz Bhatti faced death because of countless death threats by Islamic militants. Despite this, Nazir S Bhatti and others were alarmed that he was not given a bullet proof car in order to provide him with greater protection. After all, all other federal and state ministers were protected to a much greater extent because they were given bullet proof cars.
Nazir S Bhatti stated that “Shahbaz Bhatti is our martyr and will be ever remembered as martyr of Blasphemy law………..”
However, it does appear to be strange that security was so lax because it was apparent that Shahbaz Bhatti was “a sitting duck” given the lack of security. Therefore, the Islamists ambushed his car with impunity and killed him in broad daylight in Islamabad.
It is also abundantly clear that democracy and religious liberty is seen to be on the back-foot because the rule of fear is spreading throughout Pakistan and the government seems powerless to either protect government ministers or the general public. Also, moderates within the government of Pakistan are paying with their blood because earlier this year Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, was also killed in cold blood because he also opposed the draconian and brutal blasphemy law.
In my article called Pakistan Must Abolish the Blasphemy Law I highlight the mass injustice of the blasphemy law.
I stated that “The nation of Pakistan faces many internal problems and minorities reside in fear because political leaders have been in self destruct mode. This applies to the role of Pakistan in fostering and spreading radical Sunni Islam to regional nations. At the same time the internal legal system is openly espousing hatred and creating mayhem by maintaining the blasphemy law.”
I continued by stating that “Yet the real tragedy for minorities in Pakistan, irrespective if Christian, Shia Muslim, Ahmadiyya Muslim, Hindu, or whatever; is that minorities face systematic persecution at the hands of both radical Sunni Islamists and the central government.”
Turning back to the brutal murder of Shahbaz Bhatti then a neighbor stated that “The minister had only one car. There was no security, no police at that time. After the incident happened, the police came.”
It is therefore not inconceivable to believe that elements within the security apparatus of Pakistan were either covertly behind this or that Shahbaz Bhatti did not matter? Either way, it appears that his Christian blood was deemed to be cheap?
Like usual, this brutal murder was celebrated by Islamists because Ansanullah Ahsan, who is a deputy spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Punjab, commented that “This man was a known blasphemer of the Prophet [Muhammad]“ and “We will continue to target all those who speak against the law which punishes those who insult the prophet. Their fate will be the same.”
Therefore, for people who support religious freedom and liberty it is yet another “black day” in Pakistan. However, for Islamic militants it is a time to rejoice because they have killed in the name of Allah. Therefore, the heart and soul of Pakistan is being tested to the full and this nation faces the abyss of constant brutality and despite all the Western economic aid to Pakistan, nothing is changing apart from more Islamization.
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