Shahbaz Bhatti assassinated

Published: March 2, 2011

Christians mourn the death of slain minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti during a protest in Lahore on March 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Christians mourn the death of slain minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti during a protest in Lahore on March 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Relatives of slain Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti inspect his bullet-riddled car following an attack in Islamabad on March 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP The bulled-riddled car of Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti is seen at a hospital compound following an attack in Islamabad on March 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Police officials inspect the bullet-riddled car of Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti following an attack in Islamabad on March 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Pamphlets were reportedly dropped at the ambush site by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Punjab. Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti earlier said he had been receiving death threats since the Bibi case. PHOTO: AFP

Federal Minister for Minority affairs Shahbaz Bhatti was killed in the I-8/3 area of Islamabad on Wednesday morning by three unidentified gunmen.

According to reports, the Tehrik-i-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the minister.

Screen captures of the pamphlet can be viewed here.

The minister had left his house moments ago when his car was intercepted by a white Suzuki Mehran. Assailants, dressed in shalwar kurtas, first took the minister’s driver out the car and then shot 25 bullets at Bhatti.

‘Not a security lapse’

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.

“The squad officer told me that the minister had directed him to wait for him at his office. He used to often visit his mother’s house without a squad,” Durrani said. “We are investigating the matter from different angles.”

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.

Local resident Naseem Ahmed said the firing continued for about 30 seconds.

“We came out of our home after hearing the gunfire, we saw the car, it was badly damaged. We saw the minister, he was rushed to hospital in a critical condition,” Ahmed told reporters.

Bhatti was dead on arrival at Islamabad’s Shifa hospital, doctor Azmatullah Qureshi confirmed. Police said his body was riddled with at least eight bullets.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani visited the hospital and offered condolences to Bhatti’s grieving relatives.

“Such acts will not deter the government’s resolve to fight terrorism and extremism,” he said, adding that the killers would not go unpunished.

The highest target

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.

After the Pakistani Taliban said that they killed the Christian minister, former MNA and chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Sindh chapter Asadullah Bhutto said the assassination was an attempt by the CIA to divert the attention of masses from Raymond Davis.

“Accepting the responsibility of killing the minister soon after the incident by ‘Punjabi Taliban’, as reported by media, is an ample proof that the CIA is behind this crime because the US spy agency had been staging such ‘dramas’ of ‘Punjabi Taliban’ after committing the crimes of same nature earlier,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

International condemnation

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she was “shocked and outraged” by the slaying of Bhatti.

“I was shocked and outraged by the assassination,” Clinton told a Senate committee, adding it was also an attack on “the values of tolerance and respect.”

Senior US Senator John Kerry condemned the incident as a “particularly chilling” terrorist attack.

“Coming so soon after the killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, another strong advocate for tolerance and moderation, today’s act of terrorism is particularly chilling,” Kerry said in a statement.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay urged the Pakistan government to support reforms of Islamic blasphemy laws as she condemned the killing of a Bhatti.

“I urge the government of Pakistan to honour the courageous stand of Mr Bhatti and Mr Taseer by supporting their position on the blasphemy laws,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the murder of Bhatti was “absolutely brutal and unacceptable”.

“It was absolutely shocking news,” Cameron told the House of Commons.

“I will send not only our condolences but our clearest possible message to the government and people of Pakistan that this is simply unacceptable,” he added.

The archbishop of Canterbury expressed “shock and sorrow” at the murder and the Vatican condemned it as an “unspeakable” act of violence.

End of Live updates

1:33 pm

Twitter reactions

sabeen Sabeen Mahmud

Protest against the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti at Karachi Press Club today at 5:30pm. Please be there.

@SufyanArshadSufyan Arshad

Very sad to know about assasination of a very brave and talented #Pakistan‘s son, Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. I had honour to meet him

1:17 pm

President Asif Ali Zardari and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz condemn the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti.

Shahbaz Bhatti had requested for more security after receiving death threats. The interior ministry had provided him with four guards.

Twitter reactions

@Saba_ImtiazSaba Imtiaz

Shahbaz Bhatti: “I cannot trust on security…. I believe that protection can come only from heaven, so these bodyguards can’t save you.”

@marvi_memonMarvi Memon

Shahbaz bhatti was a good colleague. Shell shocked.

@kaalakawaaKala Kawa

Comment on @etribune “Its all a international conspiracy to turn Pakistan into a failure state.” I’d say we’re doing a bang up job ourselves

aysharalam aysharalam

There will be a protest today at 3pm in front of LHR press club against the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti. please RT

Catch up on the blasphemy issue by clicking here and view blogs posted on the website on the issue here.

For information on Salmaan Taseer’s assasination click here and view blogs posted on the website on the issue here.

1:09 pm

Shahbaz Bhatti is in the top ten trends worldwide on Twitter.

1:05 pm

Shahbaz Bhatti’s body has been shifted to Pims Hospital for postmortem.

1:01 pm

IG Islamabad Wajid Durrani speaking to the media said that Bhatti had a cabinet meeting this morning. He left his residence at around 10:30 am and was heading to his office in I-8/4, when he was intercepted. Three to four assailants in shalwar kameez, who were in a white Mehran shot at the minister but did not attack the driver.

According to Durrani, it was the minister’s instructions to keep the security at the office. He said it was not a security lapse because he was provided with the required escorts. The police will investigate why the escorts did not accompany the minister.

Twitter reactions

Saba_Imtiaz Saba Imtiaz

Shahbaz Bhatti: “I cannot trust on security…. I believe that protection can come only from heaven, so these bodyguards can’t save you.”

mshafiquk Mohammed Shafiq

I utterly condemn the murder of #Pakistani Minister for Minorities#Shahbaz #Bhatti killed in a gunattack in #Islamabad

12:45 pm

Political analyst Hassan Askari says the message of the assailants is clear that those who disagree with their perspective are in danger.

Askari says the government has failed in providing security for its people. This incidence increases the insecurity of the minorities. The responsibility to address this issue is the responsibility of the government.

Twitter reactions

hiranajam hiranajam

RIP Shahbaz Bhatti – we’re so not worth your life. or any life for that matter.


Pakistani minister assassinated: Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who had tried to reform the count…

PiyuK Priya Kapoor

And the madness in Pakistan continues with Shahbaz Bhatti‘s murder. Ironic – isn’t it blasphemous to take a god given life?!

12:35 pm

According to an eye witness the assailants were waiting for the minister in a white car. As soon as Bhatti reached the site, they turned the car around and blocked the minister’s vehicle. The assailants then took the driver out first and then shot at the minister.

12:27 pm

The hospital is not allowing any entry of unidentified people inside the building.

Twitter reactions

husainhaqqani Husain Haqqani

by nafysa_khan

RT @shehrbanotaseer: Shaheed Shahbaz Bhatti made Aug11 national minorities day,increased salaries of minority workers,condemned violence

DEEP_no_borders Rao Varun Liaqat

by jasmeetbagri

Federal Minister 4 Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti murdered in Islamabad today. He is another victim of terrorism. May his soul rest in peace.Amen

12:22 pm

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has reached the Shifa International Hospital.

Shahbaz Bhatti’s body will be moved to PIMS hospital later to carry out the autopsy.

The bullet ridden car is standing outside the hospital. It will be shifted to another location where a forensic investigation will be conducted.

12:18 pm

There was one guard accompanying the minister and reports indicate that sufficient security was not provided to Bhatti.

Twitter reactions

Saba_Imtiaz Saba Imtiaz

by MirzaWaheed

The threats against leading figures in #Pakistan, including ShahbazBhatti, who has reportedly been killed today

Razarumi Raza Rumi

Yes!! @fispahani: @Razarumi Shahbaz Bhatti had been receiving threats of beheading for some months.

12:13 pm

Bhatti’s family and his close friends along with political supporters are at the hospital.

Twitter reactions

premasridevi prema sridevi

Shahbaz bhatti had earlier said tat he wud defy islamist militants and would go ahead to reform pakistan’s blasphemy laws

ovaisjafar Ovais Jafar

??!?! Shahbaz #Bhatti had instructed that squads were to join him only at his office and not escort him otherwise.

12:09 pm

Shahbaz Bhatti was using with a bullet proof car when the incident took place.

12:05 pm

Bhatti’s driver tried to rush the minister to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.

12:02 pm

“The initial reports are that there were three men who attacked him. He was probably shot using a Kalashnikov, but we are trying to ascertain what exactly happened,” said Islamabad police chief Wajid Durrani.

A hospital spokesman said Bhatti had several bullet wounds.

Senior Superintendent Police Islamabad Tahir Alam has reached the residence of the minister.

11:57 am

Unconfirmed reports say that the minister was stopped, pulled out of the car and shot at short range by the assailants.

Reports also indicate that Bhatti’s niece was travelling with him when the incident took place.

Twitter reactions

pakistanpolicy What was Shahbaz Bhatti’s ‘crime?’ That he wanted to be a full and equal citizen in the country of his birth?

fispahani May God bless my friend and colleague Shaheed Shahbaz Bhatti‘s soul. He was a brave man and gentle in his ways. #pakistan

11:53 am

Pamphlets have been found at the ambush site. According to initial reports, the pamphlets were dropped by Tehrik-i-Taliban Punjab.

The deputy commissioner has ordered an inquiry.

11:50 am

Bhatti was ambushed moments after he left his residence.

Security has been tightened in Islamabad.

11:45 am

The police has started its investigations.

Reports indicate that the minister’s driver survived the attack.

11: 39 am

Dr Azmatullah Qureshi of the Shifa Hospital confirms the death of Shahbaz Bhatti.

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Reader Comments (259)

  • umair
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:48AM

    hE sucCUmed tO hIs injUriesRecommend

  • praveen
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Pity that the land of ahimas and bhuddha ,was rendered in a thousand years into a hell. Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Protect Sherry Rehman and other moderate voices before it is too late :(Recommend

  • MAD
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Woof Woof…….thats what we’ve become now.Recommend

  • Atif
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Another brick in the wallRecommend

  • kazmi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:50AM

    one more courageous person dies!! May Allah swt give him highest place in jannah and his family strength and courage to cope with his death!Recommend

  • Mehboob
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:52AM

    I am very sad to hear about demise of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti. For minorities, he was standing and his motive was to bring harmony and peace in the country. Alas, few unfortunate elements do not want to see a peaceful Pakistan.Recommend

  • Osama
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:53AM

    Very unfortunate…. But having said that,, Mr Bhatti can’t keep his mouth shut as the matter of situation….Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Hopeless situation! We are a lost nation :-(Recommend

  • ehabs
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Religion has turned Pakistan into a schizophrenic society. This is such a tragic day for Pakistanis. It really, truly is evidence for why Pakistan is a failed state. George is absolutely right. The death of liberal Pakistan is the death of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:56AM

    oh man.. sucks to be a minority in pakistan.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 11:56AM

    After Salman Taseer’s death this does not come as a shock. This horrible crime will also be shoved under the carpet. Is there no one to stop these Pakistani “Raymond Davis’s” from shooting and killing innocent people.Recommend

  • Sajid I. Barcha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Hang the murderer of Taseer today!Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Sad, I ask all my countrymen, now in light of this incident what do they think the world will think of us & our religion?

    These Animals (Talibans) have destroyed the image of Islam & the reputation of Pakistan.

    Now I ask Mr. Imran Khan & people from Jamaat-E-Islami & ofcourse the insane Qazi Hussain Ahmed to defend this act. Please gentlemen come & justify these animals (snakes) called Talibans.

    These people kill innocent men, women, children in the name of Allah & our prophet’s (PBUH) teachings.

    Let Haimd Mir, Ansar Abbasi & other like them glorify these animals & defend today’s incident.Recommend

  • Sidra
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:05PM

    Truly unfortunate.Recommend

  • Sydel
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:06PM

    May his soul rest in peace… AmenRecommend

  • Abdul Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:06PM

    This is so sad.

    why man kills a man.

    it is those who are left behind suffer the lossRecommend

  • Noor
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:07PM

    Two PPP leaders killed in the span of a week!

    Mir Nawaz Advocate, a PPP stalwart in Gilgit – Baltistan was killed in Gilgit by motorcyclists. And now a federal minister has been killed inside the capital city. Of course, I am not counting the “others” who are being killed, everyday. They are children of a ‘lesser god’, anyway!!

    Rehman Malik, do you still have the right to hold this position? Recommend

  • Wow
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:08PM

    Lahnat Hai !!!
    So Called protectors of Islam have again killed an unarmed , courageous man who just wanted justice for all

  • SA
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Can we fall below that?Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:10PM

    please hold your horses, there had been an attack on him while ago and it was due to personal enmity, lets see.Recommend

  • aukhan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:11PM

    @A Suhail: Recommend

    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:13PM

    Who killed him,, pamphlets of TTP found besides him,, an escape goat, or the same TTP which raymond davis have links with.Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:13PM

    First Pakistani Taliban, Now Pakistani Raymond Davis’. Where are real Pakistanis?Recommend

  • Anwar Ahmad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:16PM

    IMHO all sane voices speaking for Blasphemy Laws change/repeal will be silenced by bullet. Insanity has taken over our beloved country. PPP’s label of moderate/secular party has been scratched off. Now there are TTPPP TTPMLN TTJUI TTANP etc. Thank you PPP.Recommend

  • aukhan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:16PM

    its a brutal act of assasssins planted in disguise by CIA like g fernanades michel(raymond davis) for their speceial tasks in pakistan.shame on CIA.throuing our country in to a deep sea.Recommend

  • Mariam
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:17PM

    I think there is some conspiracy theory behind, what religion is being used to bring instability in the country….on serious note we need to get united, no more shia, sunni, chrisitian….sub se pehle Pakistan…seriously guys!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:20PM

    With the fanatics in the establishment, who are themselves behind all this, helping the killers of Samlan Taseer and all the moderates, this country is becoming a living hell. The parliment needs to repel this curse of balsphemy law roght now. these fanatics want to turn this country into their islamic emirates of terrorists.Recommend

  • liberal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:21PM

    its time we start bombing islamic religious gatherings. enough is enoughRecommend

  • Mohammad naeem
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:21PM

    U see this is pakistan bcoming.. Meant Only for holy cows as defined by TTP!!Recommend

  • meena gabeena
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:22PM

    unbelievable monsters we have in this country…the minorities should stand up for their rights and the HUMAN majority should support them.Another great person who stood up for the rights of poor minorities has been killed brutally today… will we ignore this too? aasia bibi will remain in jail? minorities will keep dying? it doesn’t even shock us anymore. very tragic and extremely sad news. :( Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:23PM

    All non Muslim world is trying to make Pakistan a failed state.Recommend

  • ehabs
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:23PM

    When will the Pakistani Military establishment stop torturing its own citizens with this barbarity? Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:24PM

    Conspiracy theorists will have a field day now again. God save pakistanis from pakistanisRecommend

  • KM
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:27PM

    What a shame … This is what we muslims are showing to the world, that 1400 years ago, non muslims use to seek refuge under the patronage of muslims, as those muslims were known to be the most JUST people amongst the humanity that existed, and now today we muslims are worse than the animals in the jungle. Bravo muslims of Pakistan!Recommend

  • Imram
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:28PM

    aren’t u people fed with your religionRecommend

  • saad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:30PM

    i smell a conspiracy here against muslims. wise people should understand who are behind these actsRecommend

  • shy
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:32PM

    Who is safe in this country?Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Its all a international conspiracy to turn Pakistan into a failure state.Recommend

  • sam
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:34PM

    what a shame..what a shame. A miserable country to live in – Pakistan….Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:34PM

    My only thought was – why did anyone not have the presence of mind to tail the white car with the assasins. Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:36PM

    What ever happened to the rights of Christian and other minorities – every time a Mullah tries to convert a Christian by saying that Jesus is not the son of God, they are committing blasphemy – why are not these Mullah’s and other Muslims being put on trial for blasphemy???? This country and it’s one-sided laws which protect only MUSLIMS is sickening! BTW – I am a Muslim and this blasphemy law has to change otherwise this senseless killing will never end. It only takes one generation to change things – as it only took one generation to change things for the worse when Zia came in. REFORM NEEDS TO BE MADE NOW!!!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Its about time, some one knock off a few of these fatwa issuing clerics Recommend

  • Jai
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:40PM

    There isn’t much hope for a country where an opposing point of view cannot be just listened to but instead has to be silenced with guns. People who surround themselves with “yes” men, getting rid of all contradictory views will never realize their own faults. They are doomed.Recommend

  • satyram
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:45PM

    Sorry to say but this is the real face of Pakistan the so called “Allah Land” !! You people always try to indulge in neighbouring countries muslims’ matters but in your own country reality is this. I wish you’d stop poking your nose into others business and mind your own business !!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:47PM

    I m not kidding but I do see a foreign hand in this…somebody is trying to malign Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sharoon George
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:48PM

    Alas, Another life crucified for sake of nation’s misguidance. May God protect all pakistanis, vulnerable christians and also give the courage to Mr.Bhatti’s family to bear this irreparable loss.Recommend

  • fahim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:49PM

    I think its the work of outside country, mainly US, Israel and India. Last week in our mosque it was also discussed and few people told us so. We are the dearest children of allah, we are good but the kafirs are doing all this.Recommend

  • Enligtened Moderate
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Sad indeed. We need a military dictator to root out the militant threat in Pakistan, repeal the blasphemy law and declare Pakistan a secular state. We need pruning and purging…Recommend

  • Aitum Bumb
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:55PM

    Shahbaz Bhatti was pleading for protection after the Salmaan Taseer assasination.

    Well, another victory for Islam against the infidel dhimmis and khafirs.Recommend

  • John
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:55PM

    Chief minister and federal minister over blasphemy law. This the last nail on Pakistan’s dignity as a nation, if good people do not act now.

    Repeal this law at all cost. If there is blasphemy let them prove what and how it is blasphemous to the world.

    All pakistanis should boycott the Friday prayers in solidarity to this national disgrace.

    “For evil to persists it only require that good men do nothing”Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 12:55PM

    I hope the Pakistan government provide enough security to Sherry Rehman and Asma Jehangir otherwise these rabid mullahs will get them too.Recommend

  • Fahed Pervez
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:56PM

    What was Shahbaz Bhatti’ crime?’ That he wanted to be a full and equal citizen in the country of his birth?Recommend

  • Asher Clement
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:56PM

    I know him since 1980 as we were in same school in Khushpur (his village in District Faisalabad and later on we were in college hostel as well. He was always ready for working for the nation and we founded Christian Liberation Front.

    Though i disagreed with his style of running an organization and never participated in political activities because of my own problems but i always respect him coz of his intentions to serve the nation and bring peace n harmony.

    Christian Community in Pakistan has suffered a heavy blow again but this is the right time for all the real peace lovers and people of gud will to stand together and become a solid wall against the flood of terrorism. Recommend

  • Salman Hasan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 12:56PM

    @Shahryar Ahmed:
    Very well said! These idiots you have mentioned are destroying this nation!Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 1:00PM

    its realy sad
    whats going in pakistan
    ohoo my God another assassinated
    May God Bless Him Recommend

  • Ahmed Iqbalabadi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:01PM

    I am ashamed to be a PakistaniRecommend

  • M Bilal
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:04PM

    @Khan: Do you get your fundamental rights being Muslim any ways? We are direction less people and an embarrasment for whole Muslim Ummah :(Recommend

  • Zazi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:05PM

    This is the UNACCEPTABLE FACE of Right Wing terror groups. The Army nurtured them and it is blow back time.

    Through your paper I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Shabaz Bhatti. I want them to know that we stand together with them at this hour of their bereavement and that we condemn this unwarranted violent act that has silenced a liberal politician and an important member of our society. Especially to my Christian brothers, this is a challenge for all of us regardless of race, creed, religion or gender. We must find Bhatti’s murderers and the CJ and the Army Chief need to come together and work out an arrangement, which will remove this corrupt government and speedily give victims justice. Otherwise all is lost. Recommend

    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:07PM

    another killing of a pakistan politician. this time, cabinet minister for minority affairs bhatti, again over blasphemy laws?Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 1:07PM

    The ONLY QUESTION that comes to mind is WHEN are the HUMANS of PAKISTAN going to Take action against these HADITHER ANIMALS!!

    How come is a single MEMBER of these HADITHER Organizations are roaming the roads free?.. they are pretty easy to identify.. they all have LONG FILTHY BEARDS and their ANKLES are SHOWING and their women are in black SHROUDS!!


    These is going to be NO PEACE In Pakistan until and UNLESS the Constitution Ave. in Islamabad is paved with the BEARDS of these MULLAHS!!! Recommend

  • Sk
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Well if this is keep going i am sure we are offering other countries to rule on us . Why not we can sit and talk instead of killing each other. Killing any human is killing humanity any religion does not allow to kill human. Now time to think for all of us. I hope God will show the way to all those who are involved in wrong doing ….Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:15PM

    لا حول ولاقوة إلا بالله

    Ya Allah hamain Islam kay thekedaron say nijjat dilla.. !! Aamin…

    We were independent in 1947…but kidnapped again in 2011….!! what we earned in these years?Recommend

  • Tamoor Qureshi
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:16PM

    I am Speechless on this tragic incident!Recommend

  • Sana Saleem
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:16PM

    Although, I am extremely against Taliban or any other religious extremist organization, I support the co-existence with all minorities, but my heart is gladdened to note the blasphemers of the most beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are being targeted one by one. None of them stays in this world, how beautiful to live with such a reality for any truly faithful person!Recommend

  • Rashid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:17PM

    If someone is to blame for this incident, its the incompetent rulers who cannot provide security even to their ministers and governors in the safest city of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:21PM

    It is probably the revenge of Raymond successors, there goal is to strengthening the line b/w minorities and Muslims or to make us say again that Pakistan is hopeless …. and see they are allready successfull..

    for those who think that this is the act of Extremism.. should see the mater from other point of view please.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 1:21PM

    Good that nation gets rid of another sensible person. Soon we will turn into a madhouse as dreamed by religious lobby of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:25PM

    Eternal rest grant to the poor soul of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti and May his soul rest in peace, Amen. This was a shameful act and cowardly act according to our “Coward Justice System”. Not a single terrorist has been hanged in our country, why ??? I know nothing will happen because Qadiri’s case is in front of the nation and rest of the world. Had the incident of late governor of Punjab happened in Iran or Saudi Arabia, surely the killer would have been hanged or his head chopped off. Here we and our Coward system and the Judges want more witnesses though the killer openly confessed before the whole world. The people who still consider these elements as their “Strategic Assets” then SHAME ON THEM because they will be next target if stern action is not taken against these mindsets. My heart goes for the grieved family members, friends and all peace loving persons in and around the world. Recommend

  • Huma
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:27PM

    Not a word against our Prophet (peace be upon him) shall be allowed. I respect all religions, I respect their separate right for their beliefs but like I have been barred by Islam to speak bad about their religion, they must also be barred from doing the same in relation to mine. We, Muslims, are told strictly not to let anyone disturb the most sensitive nerve of ours, that is, our love for Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:29PM

    All this in the name of Rhemat allil Alimeen, who was pelted with stones and bled till his sandals were soaked. And when God asked if he shall crush the culprits… The Prophet (PBUH) declined!

    What a shame!Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:31PM

    We have become a nation of LUNATICS! No doubt the world fears that in our lunacy we would
    annihilate others with us. Our bigoted political and religious leaders are colluding with their alien
    mentors to destroy our nation. How many more of such insane acts before we wake up and embark on the road to sanity and take control of our destiny?Recommend

  • Zulfikar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:33PM

    2 down 180 million to go. Cheers PakistanRecommend

  • Haris Farooq
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:37PM

    Tragic, we were never so senseless and narrow minded people, but atfer the decade of 80s things keep getting from bad to worts. Seems these hypocrates using the name of Islam wants to drag us to dark ages. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:38PM

    @ Osama
    its time Muslims starts to listen rather than killing those who they disagree with, if they are served in the same late abroad they call it Islamophobia, but they leave no stone unturned to kill others with impunity.Recommend

  • sanjithmenon
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:41PM

    And they say, :that Islam is a religion of peace? increasingly hard to believe in the light of these incidents..Recommend

  • Adil
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:45PM

    No wonder the world treats every Pakistani as a fanatic Islamist.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 1:47PM


    Instead of going on this knee-jerk tangent it might behoove you to know that Shahbaz Bhatti never said anything against the Prophet. Recommend

  • Noyofth
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Its a very sad day. We lost another couragious men and now its high time that the moderate forces in this country-who are the silent majority-should stand up against this religious bigots before its too late. so stand up and raise your voice against the right wing religious extreamists….Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:52PM

    the prophet never killed anyone for saying anything bad to him….even the people of taif were forgiven….who are we to judge?
    and look what this has led to….the killing of all humanity?Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:53PM

    I was about to write something when I read your comment. It says it all. Please allow me to thank you for writing such a sympathetic note to the family of Shabaz Bhatti and in a way on behalf of all us. Bless you Zazi.Recommend

  • Hafiz M Sohail
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:54PM

    Another result of lack of justice, do not forget to think international involvement, US, India and Israel wants to declare Pakistan as failed state. We Pakistani all should be united against any kind of injustice in the country and do not spread ourselves to weaken our state.Recommend

  • Aabia Ahmad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Killing in the name of God!
    .by Aabia Ahmad on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 at 13:46.Minister for religious minorities Shabbaz Bhatti was murdered….i know we all are thinking how does it matter…this is everday news in Pakistan….it has really effected me not beacause he is a relative or anyone i know….Residing outside Pakistan when you feel more about your country and the people you realize the melancholy of the people who are going through this…my only question is that just because he was a Christian and a minority in Pakistan he was killed…..why dont you all stop watching American movies and stop copying the West and quit doing and eating stuff all western people do and stop taking vacations to their countries if you have such hatred towards someone who isnt a Muslim….Who are we to decide the one thats going to be forgiven in the court of our Lord! shame on us as a Pakistani, coz we all look down upon people who belong to a different sect in Islam or aint Muslims…..People who are deciding this ugly fate of Pakistan…you cant be called Muslims or near that religoin that only focused on love and peace…”inanillahey wa ina ilahey rajiyoon”


  • Aabia Ahmad
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:58PM

    Killing in the name of God!
    .by Aabia Ahmad on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 at 13:46.Minister for religious minorities Shabbaz Bhatti was murdered….i know we all are thinking how does it matter…this is everday news in Pakistan….it has really effected me not beacause he is a relative or anyone i know….Residing outside Pakistan when you feel more about your country and the people you realize the melancholy of the people who are going through this…my only question is that just because he was a Christian and a minority in Pakistan he was killed…..why dont you all stop watching American movies and stop copying the West and quit doing and eating stuff all western people do and stop taking vacations to their countries if you have such hatred towards someone who isnt a Muslim….Who are we to decide the one thats going to be forgiven in the court of our Lord! shame on us as a Pakistani, coz we all look down upon people who belong to a different sect in Islam or aint Muslims…..People who are deciding this ugly fate of Pakistan…you cant be called Muslims or near that religoin that only focused on love and peace…”inanillahey wa ina ilahey rajiyoon”Recommend

  • arsalan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:58PM

    It is not only tragic but a shameful act as well.

    We need to analyse this gory act with a cool head instead of hurling blames on one part of society or the other.

    Big Question is – WHO WILL BE BENEFITED ?

    Surely, one of the benefiter could be Raymond Devis !!!!Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:00PM

    Sad, very sad indeed- this is totally against the very spirit of being muslim…

    I am sure every other political leader will now go all the way in condemning the murder and will not tire giving lip service about Mr. Bhatti’s services for Pakistan but I will love to see which of big guns will actually show to at his funeral to pay homage to the departed soul. I would think very few if any, as all of them are themselves scared to death due to insecure conditions- my message to all of you political, military etc leaders- now be ready to cut the crop which you all sower so very bravely over the decades in the name of “national interests”Recommend

  • Alick
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Instead of cursing the country you all should curse at yourself…a generation which only knows how to comment while sitting behind their laptops. Go out and raise a voice if you have courage……courage???……Oh sorry i shouldnt ask this to a sleeping nationRecommend

  • lota6177
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:06PM

    In a world of superstition reason is blasphemy. In a world of ignorance facts are blasphemy. In a world of cruelty sympathy is a crime, and in a world of lies truth is blasphemy. Who are the real blasphemers?
    RIP Shehbaz Bhaati you were a brave man. You are a martyr for truth and reason.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:08PM

    Our Quaid Mr. Jinnah assured the minorities of Pakistan “that they will be protected and safeguarded. For they will be so many citizens of Pakistan without any distinction of caste or creed.” ————— We have failed our “minorities” and we have failed our leader ——- shame on us!

    Mr. Jinnah claimed,”………. as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the state.” ——– We have ceased to be anything close to be identified as civilized behaviour, indeed we are doing all we can to cease to be even humans.

    Murder of Bhatti, and Governor Salman Taseer, is a crime which is organized to target us all, all who stand for a modern secular state. ‘Secular State’ meaning separation of all kind of ‘maulvism’ & ‘mullaism’ and state craft, not a people without religion as the ‘jahil’ mulla understands and wishes to propagate. Recommend

  • satyram
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:12PM

    @Faisal and Fahim; read this news on The express tribune of 13 Jan, 2011.
    “Blasphemy law: Minorities minister fears he is “highest target”

    And if you have some guts just ask your government why they have not made his proper security arrangement despite of knowing this?Recommend

  • True Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:13PM

    Dozens of pakistanis got killed daily in karachi and across whole country, I wonder no body cares for them. Jouranlist Babar wali’s murder is still unsolved. Why dont we discuss this ??
    Investigate Black water killer Raymond davis in typical Pakistani method, I bet he will reveal the name of Shahbaz bhatti’s true killers.Recommend

  • anwer
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:14PM

    This madness in this land of the pure of ours will continue. There is really no hope for us.
    Of the govt does not act now the taseers and bhattis of our country will continue to be gunned down.

    May Allah have mercy on Pakistan.Recommend

  • arsalan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:14PM

    It is extremely tragic and shameful act of some known group so far.

    There are serious questions which need to be answered:-

    Where was his escort(s) when the Minister was killed ?
    Was there a carelessness of the part of the Minister by keeping same pattern of movements?
    Who could inform the killers about the movement and absence of Armed Escorts.

    Last – Who could be the Beneficiary of the gory crime – Could be Raymond Devis !!!!

  • ba ha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:16PM

    we need to take a “secret vote” in the parliament on blasphemy law and decide once and for all. i would finally like to know if i live in a country with” hope” or “dante’s inferno” Recommend

  • sajjad sajid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:17PM

    This is very unfortunate, inhuman and appears to be a clear plan to plant seeds of enmity between Muslims and Christians here… Public should be made aware of such conspiracies hatched for killing the co-existence between two communities…Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 2:26PM

    it is very clear who is doing these acts… no one from the OUTSIDE.. these are the KAFIR MULLAHS!!
    where have you been? havent you seen the 1000 of these mullahs out there supporting MURDER?Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:29PM

    blame your religion pakistanRecommend

  • zainab.imam
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:31PM

    Lets put all these fatwa-spewing men in a plane and stage a crash so that NONE is left. Bloody “Islamic scholars”.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 2:32PM

    can someone tell me what the law in pakistan is regarding “INSTIGATING VIOLENCE” I am sure the law is on the books… why is this law not being implemented against these MULLAHS?
    Why are these Mullahs out there preaching violence and no one does anything about them?

    when will the MURDER of INNOCENT PEOPLE STOP in this MULLAH HELL?Recommend

  • haroon
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:34PM

    This country’s going to hell.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Our government breeds contempt for law and invites each man to take the law in his own hands.
    “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (former CJ of US Supreme Court)Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:39PM

    All those extremist Mullah supporters who are calling it an outside job; Were Mullahs not openly calling Shehbaz Bhatti a blasphemer and asking for his head? So how is this now and outside job? If this an outside job then why are these Mullahs not arrested for being outside agents? There is nothing outside about it, it was all on the cards considering open threats, agitations and incitements to violence by Mullahs.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:39PM

    Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani visited the hospital and offered condolences to Bhatti’s grieving relatives.


  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:40PM

    God, what a shame. Please save our country from these blasphemers against Islam. For the people whoa re saying he should have kept his mouth shut, lets wait till the death of freedom of expression in this country. Oh wait, it’s already dead.Recommend

  • Usman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:41PM

    this is very sad news for al pakistanis n all people live in other countries belong to pakistan.god give peace to his soul n the murderer listen plz ready beacause bad time will b start today pakistan again getb alone in the because of these bloody terrarist Recommend

  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:42PM

    There is a reason Pakistan’s flag one quarter white.Recommend

    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:43PM

    @saad: looks like so pakistan will face huge problems in future.i think that its all the part of making of the ground to happen something we should be worry of.the stage is been what will happen who knows??i see raymond story as the part of the agenda and drama as well.lets see what happens.what one thing is damn sure that we are moving towards a pitfall.MAY ALLAH ALMIGHTY SAVE US FROM THESE SCAVENGERS AND TRAITTORS!!Recommend

  • Saleem
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:44PM

    Shame on you, curse be upon you all supporters of violence in the name of religion. Killing in the name of Prophet, who even forgave his worst enemy Abu Sufian (Prophet had decreed to kill even if he (abu Sufian) was to hide himself behind the veil of Kaaba). Recommend

  • Shiraz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:45PM

    This Nation was already divided into many groups such as Political groups, Sects, Language, Colour, but GOD saved we are still alive, thats why we are being tried to divided into one another group called Liberalism and Religious and everybody knows if a clash happens between these two groups we will be finished.

    After Shahadat of Salmaan Taseer, a fire was ignated between amongst Liberals and Religious but it covered then.. I think the motive behind assassination of Mr. Bhatti is to re-ignate this fire.Recommend

  • sanjithmenon
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:45PM

    @fahim: yes sir, the ones who gave roses to qadri are all RAW agents, too. Recommend

  • Usman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:49PM

    it is very sad incident.and i condemn this incident god give peace to his soul and the time is near when these terrorist will just die with bad death this is not islam these people have no religion the r just terraristRecommend

  • Shah
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:53PM

    What a shame…this nation is on the path of self destruction.Recommend

  • hopeless
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:59PM

    I would like Mumtaz Qadri to be the next PM. Only MQ can take us out of this condition to a future of God loving peace full atomic debandi/barevali, non shia/ahamdi/christan/hindu/jewish/parsi/secular Islamic state.
    Muah love UUUU Recommend

  • allah rakha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Why dont people see an invisble hand in the death of shumaila…where is her autposy report. Could it be that some fundamentalist forces wanted her killed..bribed the docs…kuch bhi ho sakta hai…kuch bhi…yeh hi halat hai mere mulk kayRecommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Taliban, Taliban, Al-Qaida, Tehreek e Taliban blah blah blah <~ all of them are nothing but a bunch of stupid terrorists, paid/funded by indian intelligence agency RAW.. They, with the Help of CIA (American secret intelligence agency) and MOSSAD (Israel’s secret intelligence agency), are send all these terrorists from Afghanistan, all that guns, weapons, all that arsenal.. indian Generals are very much active in Afghanistan and they are NOT there to spend their vocations, they mean business, that is to Destabilize Pakistan, in any form that they can..

    Dont let them foOl you – and DONT think as they WANT you to think, think out of the box, expose their plan..

    Death to those Haters/Terrorists – Long Live Pakistan Zindabad..Recommend

  • Moise
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:07PM

    Divide and conquer and rule is the simple rule yet overlooked. Look at the comments, people are blaming the religion. It is shame people can’t come out from their petty ethnicity and elitist mindset to unify against law and order problems. Govt. is incapable of investigating and bringing culprits to justice. Raymond Davis is just one of many agent provocateurs.Recommend

  • samreen
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Yeh Country hamesha esaa hi rhey gaa. is country main rehna hai to apna kaam karo, khao payio aur achi zindgi guzar ke chaley jao. ;)Recommend

  • M
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:15PM

    yeh son Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:17PM

    Attracted by the peeling away of feeling

    Is absolute zero cold enough
    And out in the valley warm and clean
    The little ones sit by their TV screens
    No thoughts to think
    No tears to cry
    All sucked dry
    Down to the very last breath
    Bartender what is wrong with me
    Why am I so out of breath
    The captain said excuse me ma’am
    This species has amused itself to death
    Amused itself to death
    Amused itself to death
    We watched the tragedy unfold
    We did as we were told
    We bought and sold
    It was the greatest show on earth
    But then it was overRecommend

  • Human Being
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Murder is a murder no matter of any background/religion, neither Islam nor anyother religion permits murders in the name of any religion. This is what I feel and I am sure there must be many like me who beleive the same way.Recommend

  • Copper
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:22PM

    Alas our security agencies including army are in such a pathetic state that they can’t keep even the capital safe. Shameful when one look at the budget allocated to themRecommend

  • Zaki
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:24PM

    @Osama: You sir, are a moron.Recommend

  • Sid
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:30PM

    On the murder of Salman Taseer he sated that he will be murdered also. They have planned that whoever is talking in the benefit of masses kill him. Beware people they are more united then us. He was a man of latter he was very clear on human rights and minorities. The white part on our flag shows that this place is safe for minorities then who is creating a problem ?? Hindustan ? Israel or some strong inner sects…Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:34PM

    @Sana Saleem and @Huma

    What exactly did the late Mr Bhatti say which can be considered to be blasphemy. Can you mention a source or link.Was any FIR filed in any police station . Was there any inquiry or invstigation.
    Or is the fact that he was not a muslim, enough to justify his murder.Recommend

  • Radial
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:34PM

    When will the taliban and their enablers (JI, JUI, etc.) be hung from the nearest tree? B@$tard Asadullah Bhutto of Jamaat-e-Islami is claiming its the CIA who is behind the assassination. When will he be made to take responsibility for what his party and their ideological friends have done to this country?Recommend

  • Javed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:35PM

    Now every Christian is feeling fear .
    God we save us.

    Amin Recommend

  • hassan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:37PM

    libya seems safer than Pakistan!…

    Ive had enuff with this COWARD…CORRUPT AND FAKE DEMOCRAT GOVT!Recommend

  • Zubair
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:41PM

    To all those who smell conspiracies, it is precisely people like you whose thoughts and actions propagated by a right wing TV media lead to the death of brave people like Bhatti. Impressionable young minds think that the whole planet is conspiring against Pakistan and then they do such ghastly murders. Yet all along the only conspiracy is that Pakistanis are destroying Pakistan.

    Keep blaming the whole planet, never refuse to look at the mirror at the jahil face of intolerance. No other Muslim country is as insane as Pakistan when it comes to simply discussing a blasphemy law. Right now, its has become either you agree with the fanatics or get shot! How very un-islamic! All those that praise his killers, you will be judged for your hate and intolerance in the after life no doubt. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:42PM

    Where are the saviours of Pakistan? Where are all those so called ‘leaders’ —— I hear no protests or condemnation of this heinous crime. It’s time that we the ordinary people of Pakistan see the true faces of all those who wish to lead us. Reject them all, they all are cowards who support such demons by remaining silent. Shame on all N-Leagues and Q-Leagues and PPPs and Imran Tehreeks and Jamaat-e-Illegits. It’s time for the military to come forward and abide by its oath to save Pakistan from this internally inspired threat. Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:51PM

    We condemned the murder. But the mute question is as to how we condone the cause for which late Mr. Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti were murdered?

    In entire nation’s web sites, now a day, no leader, writer or politician is commenting the Blasphemy Laws as they exist in Pakistan. It appears the either murderers are right or otherwise entire nation is in the grip of fear psychosis.

    The silence on blasphemy laws is death of a cause in Pakistan, and if not that, then in that case the voices of Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Bhatti were wrong and they needed to be silenced ….. ??? I am confused …. Can somebody enlighten me? Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:52PM

    @ Shahrayar Ahmad, kindly do not get carried away Imran Khan does not justify or condone these actions he merely provides us with a reason why this is happening. If you cannot understand the difference then make an effort to do so. Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:54PM

    It is act from third party and it should be CIA to divert the attention fm Ramond case because we all know too many Ramodos are spreaded in country with the kind help fm our current Govt and musharif Govt.. ISI (if they are awoke) should trace out every ramonds to avoid such incidents in future.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:57PM

    you guys are already doing it. You are another extremist. Hamid mir uses the right term for you people, “Liberal Fascists”.Recommend

  • A Patriotic Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:58PM

    If this is what Islam is, Indians please take over Pakistan and convert every muslim to HIndu by force.

    A dissapoined muslim and

    A patriotioc Pakistani.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 3:59PM

    @Proud Pakistani

    There is a reason Pakistan’s flag one quarter white.

    Yes,yes, this represents the shroud in which all non-muslims and Shias and Ismailis and also secular liberal sunnis were to be wrapped, before being thrown in the Arabian sea.
    Did you have some other reason in mind or what.Recommend

  • A Patriotic Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:03PM

    Stop blaming USA, Israel, India, and even Bangladesh for problems created by Pakistanis themselves and be man enough to recognize and accept responsibilty.

    A Patriotic PakistaniRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:07PM

    Acts against humanity are acts against Islam. It is possible that this incident is staged by CIA. Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:07PM

    I bow my head in shame. The tolerance of wajab-ul-qatal preaching of mullahs is taking its toll.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:17PM

    We condemned the murder. But the mute question is as to how we condone the cause for which late Mr. Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti laid their lives?

    In entire nation’s web sites are silent. Now a day, no leader, writer or politician is commenting over Blasphemy Laws as they exist in Pakistan. It appears murderers are right, and if not that, then entire nation is in the grip of fear psychosis.

    The silence on blasphemy laws is death of a cause in Pakistan or else the voices of Salman Taseer & Shahbaz Bhatti were wrong and needed to be silenced ….. ??? I am confused …. Can somebody enlighten me? Recommend

  • M. Tauseef Barlas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:21PM

    what is happening? where is police? Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui, Australia
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Dear Pakistanis,

    Hold your emotions and stop condemning Pakistan and its people. TTP represents nobody, it has no idealogy. TTP is terror organization sponsored, nurtured and trained by CIA to unleash terror on Pakistani nation. Raymond Davis must be working on this assassination. we are fighting war of terror declared on us by CIA.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:25PM

    You have a positive attitude lady. I like it. You are not the kind having hang-ups. Now tell us after you peyoo pilaoo, are you talking about the same Bhatti that everyone else is?? Or is it about something else altogether? I could not quite follow you. Do you smoke those self-filling cigarettes? That may be it. Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:30PM

    My condolence to late Mr.Shabaz family.

    Dear Pakistanis,
    Can I ask you a question, What if your kid or spouse or sibling commits blasphemy?
    Will you kill them ? Will you take them to the police station ? or You send them out of the house ? Wont you advice them and correct them by speaking to them ?
    Then, if others commits blasphemy you will take action, what the hell of logic is this ?
    Love is God, God is Love. If you agree with my opinion, please pass it on to Urdu reading people and illiterate.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Another sad day in the history of Pakistan. Taking a God given life in the name of religion and they think they will be heading for Janat. I pray to GOD that they end up cleaning the gutters of Jhenum, which will be a fitting reward for their un-Islamic deed.
    Would our politician learn from this and get onto a straight path i.e. stop fighting, stop corruption, stop angling for power. For God sake you so called politician get yourself on a path to defend Pakistan. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:39PM

    We will observe a complete bandh all over the country till the culprits are arrested.Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:40PM

    another one bites the dustRecommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:46PM

    Sad day for Pakistan. When religion comes out into the street, this is what happens. Religion is a tool for a good life, not a gun to take lives. This situation will remain as long as Pakistan keeps blaming foreign hands and not take responsibility for a society that has taken to extremism.Recommend

  • Village Idiot
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Lets hear Zaid Hamid, Hamid gul and Orya jan Muqbool, I hope they will say that some American spy or RAW agent killed the minister. Islamists will not stop until they will kill even last standing tree in this country. And PPP government is shamelessly totally quiet. And hey-all congratulation; After the murder of Governor Taseer, 22 blasphemy cases have been registered in 2 months.

    Sherry Rehman…….. would be another potential victim for Islamists. Lo and behold…Tehmina Durrani(wife of Shahbaz Shareef)’s book is going to add her in the list soon. Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:48PM

    I am ashamed of being a pakistaniRecommend

  • Khan Baba
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:49PM

    It could be another tact used by CIA to give bad name to Pakistan as usual. Perhaps work of another Davis with full immunity to kill Pakies…….Recommend

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