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

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

  • ?
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:52PM

    once these Jahdi groups were used against Shia’s…and now look these Jahdi’s are wondering like mad dogs and killing everyone who ever came in their way as long as they are muslims or non-muslims. As “Bullets speak louder than words” time has come where we need a bullet for every single religious mad dog…and bang them in their head…Recommend

  • Mubashir
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:55PM

    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

  • Maulana Diesel
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:56PM

    i think we should change the white in pakistani flag to RED to show the blood of minorities that we have shed.Recommend

  • Minoroties
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:57PM

    its so sad. There is reason for minoroties to live in pakistan God help the minoroties here. i just feel we have no rights no right to speak and live in a fear always. its so sad. day by day its getting even worse, we had such a lovely childhood in this country and now its almost unbareable. Recommend

  • zulfiqar khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:01PM

    When our rulers will remain busy in their personal interests and not care to society.such these incident will come time to time.Allama Arif Hussain,Allama Ehsan Elahi Zaheer,Allama Haq Nawaz Jhangvi,Maulana Azam Tariq,Dr.Farooq Khan,Hakeem Muhammad Saeed,Khudkosh bumb blasts victims,Sulman Taseer and now Shahbaz Bhatti.This is not happened with only a particular sect.Every one is on risk due to our rulers weaknessess.There is no check on any one.every one is free to any action.There is no dicepline in any department of govt.rit of govt is in very lack condition.lack of Education,poverty are two main factors too.I think there is no involvment should come by any true muslim to Respected Shahbaz Bhatti murder.There is a serious investigation is need to trace this murder.Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:01PM

    a very unfortunate incident ,,,, May ALLAH protect this country and people living here from all cruelties of the world…….Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:05PM

    May Allah curse the one who did it. Ameen!Recommend

  • Minoroties
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:16PM

    its very easy blaming forign hands and we dont understand or perhaps act as if we are blind not to see the fanatics around us. we are all becoming extreamly in-human

    Oh God please help us!Recommend

  • Aitum Bumb
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:16PM

    “I am right and you are wrong.”
    “Anybody who says I am wrong is fit to be killed.”
    “Whether you want 72 virgins or want have your throat slit?”

    This, is the only religion the Bedouin Arabs seem to have brought to the present day Pakistan!!Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:23PM

    Pakistanis, start questioning your religion and you will resolve your problems.Recommend

  • zulfiqar khan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 5:37PM

    This is also the extremist style that any one use the name like Maulana Diesel etc and i think Express tribune is a very responsible newspaper and Express group is also have very positive manners in kindly avoid such these names.thnx @Maulana Diesel: Recommend

  • Sonam Shyam
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:12PM

    Its really tragic that another Pakistani who stood for the rights of the minorities is eliminated in cold blood. The state of Pakistan has gone totally dysfunctional and the ease with which extremists strike in major Pakistani cities is unbelievable. Now consider this: “Mr.Ten Percent”(Zardari) is the President of the country, The “mumbler&fumbler”(Gilani) is the Prime Minister, The “gloriously incompetent”(Rehman Malik) is the interior minister, The “India centric/Jihadis Strategic assets”(Kayani) is the Army Chief etc etc. With these kind of guys holding key constitutional posts in Pakistan, the present turmoil in Pakistan is on expected lines. I think the muted response of all the above mentioned gentlemen to the assassination of Salman Tasser and hardly any condemnation of garlanding of his killers by lawyers, only emboldened the extremists and this Christian minister had to pay with his life. The educated and moderate people of Pakistan have to unite and bring Egypt/Libya like revolution to save this ancient land with a 5000 year old history. The Pakistani army will never change its tactics of supporting jihadis and pursuing nonsensical strategic depth till the people of Pakistan present a united front against these disastrous policies. Time is running out folks and merely expressing disgust on the internet will not bring any change. Recommend

  • Vaqas
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:28PM

    By their own definition, all of these Mullahs are Wajib-ul-Qatal themselves for committing shirk/blasphemy by condoning, ordering or participating in the murders of innocent people, including women and children.
    There is no foreign hand at play, our own hands are more than capable of ripping this country to shreds. Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 6:34PM

    These blasphemy laws are used by Mullahs to control and manipulate people, its time Pakistan got rid of these evil laws which are a high form of bidah in Islam.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 6:45PM

    No this was not done by the CIA to defame Pakistan. Period! Stop peddling denial!Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:48PM


    Fahim, you’re a complete tool!Recommend

  • salim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Exccuses being made by the police. Shahbaz Bhatti on many occassions voiced his concern on threats against him so why would he tell the police not to accompany him? Investigation should take this into account.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 6:56PM

    Another murder of Pakistani by the hands of terrorists. Their supporters continue to claim it is by “US/India” nonsense.Recommend

  • mehsud
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:58PM

    Dears, I think that the network of punjabi Taliban working under the umbrella of TTP is now enough stronger to launch attack in every city of the country especially punjab. so they may be great future threat for the governments both military and democractic. Recommend

  • iceman
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:59PM

    @Abdul-Mughis Rana
    fact is fact, u r countinuously proving, Recommend

  • singh
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:11PM

    it is really sad that a person with a legitimate voice is silenced and musedered in day light.pakistan should evaluate an option of merging with india.Recommend

  • sanjithmenon
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Pakistan , the bigots in your country are you biggest enemies, we indians are kindergarten kids when compared to them.Recommend

  • MKB
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:30PM

    I am not at all in favour of such acts, they achieve nothing, but only serve to cause more bad blood and hatred between communities. This is wrong and we have to stop letting people make hate speeches from any forum.
    Having said that, I wait for the day when “moderate voices” start to speak up for the dozens of Muslims who are still awaiting trial under Blasphemy Laws.. I fail to understand why our liberals fail to realise that Blasphemy Laws are used to target everyone, not just minorities. In Punjab alone, where the majortiy of cases under these laws have been registered, about 90% of the under-trial are Muslims. True moderates, would have been speaking about them as well. Recommend

  • Goga
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:47PM

    This is a CIA/RAW conspiracy to do high profile assasinations in Pakistan to potray wrong image of the nation…Recommend

  • Adil
    Mar 2, 2011 - 7:51PM

    When Muslims are minorities they ask for equal rights(be it in USA, or UK) but when the Muslims are majority they give Jaziya and death to minorities. What a contrast.
    This is a historical fact and it is no different now.Recommend

  • Iqbal Ahmad Janjua
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:32PM

    It is USA. They have sown seed of distress in all Islamic countries and leadership of these countries is still their slave!
    In fact they want top get Davis out from Pakistan so they are proving that Pakistan is a terriorist state. Any one who has studied Islam cannot kill minority member.Recommend

  • Iqbal Ahmad Janjua
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:35PM

    It is USA. They have sown seed of distress in all Islamic countries and leadership of these countries is still their slave!
    In fact they want top get Davis out from Pakistan so they are proving that Pakistan is a terrorist state. Any one who has studied Islam cannot kill minority member.Recommend

  • Pappu Mian
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:39PM


    Now the real pakistani speaks up! great said blame for all your woes on triumverate of US, Israel and India

    You all the the real chosen one

    best of luckRecommend

  • Ahamd Nawaz Wattoo
    Mar 2, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Today I felt shattered. I feel my brother has been murdered. Who will go and tell these fascists that we are all heirs apparent of this land irrespective of our faiths. Here on this land we followed Budha’s sagacity, we marched with rebellious Mahaveer, we played holi with colours of the seasons, we embraced the peaceful massage of Islam, we sing with Baba Nanik and we accepted Jesus as son of God but we are all equal owner of the land, its resource, heritage and history. Our futures are tied with each other. This fanaticism and killing in the name of religion, this dream of supremacy of one religion our all the other will bring nothing but curse and misery for us all. Stop it now. Stop it now. Recommend

  • Prashant Kohale
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:00PM

    dear friend the present condition in your country is also not good for my country as Pakistan is our neighbor. so get enlighten, your people are destroying your country and to be honest they are doing their job damn good. why don’t you people bring the secular Pakistan in reality, the dream of Jinnah. Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:43PM

    @Iqbal Ahmad Janjua: “Any one who has studied Islam cannot kill minority member.”

    You know that is a big lie. Recommend

  • salim
    Mar 2, 2011 - 9:53PM

    Why has’nt a single terrorist been executed in the last few years? Why has the conviction rate been so low in the anti-terroism courts? Why has’nt the CJ not taken a single SUO MOTO on Terrorism related incidents while SUO MOTO is taken frequently on SELECTED matters? Why does the Punjab CM keep denying the existence of Punjabi Taliban? Can the courts deliver on this matter??? Are military courts the solution?

    Any answers????????Recommend

  • Sana
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:05PM

    I wish all hindus,christian,buddhist brothers/sisters should leave pakistan and move to countries that can protect them.

    80% of poor will follow soon and this country will be left to opportunist politicians,feudal,criminals.

    I strongly appeal to government to quit and give away the land to british.They would govern us better than brown politiciansRecommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:15PM

    Regretful and shameful!! We can write anything right or wrong about Muslims but why we cant write about the terrorist………… who holds every media from the very neck!! Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:26PM

    @Ahamd Nawaz Wattoo: “Who will go and tell these fascists that we are all heirs apparent of this land irrespective of our faiths. Here on this land we followed Budha’s sagacity, we marched with rebellious Mahaveer, we played holi with colours of the seasons, we embraced the peaceful massage of Islam, we sing with Baba Nanik and we accepted Jesus as son of God but we are all equal owner of the land, its resource, heritage and history.”

    This is refreshing coming from a people who insist that their history began with the coming of Muhammad bin Qasim.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:34PM

    You have become a nation of religious fanatics – keep it up and the World will isolate/embargo Pakistan to protect themselves.Recommend

  • abdul
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Very said, no body save,this is not accident,day by day people are killed.from Dvis,mumtaz qadri,bomb blast,what is this,government knows about killer,devis is killer,mumtaz qadri is killer and so many and then we are silent.God bless all.Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:47PM

    Acoording to Hanbali, Shafi and Maliki sharia law (most of which is man made), a muslim cannot be killed for killing a non-muslim.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 10:56PM

    @Naeem Siddiqui, Australia

    TTP represents nobody, it has no idealogy. TTP is terror organization sponsored, nurtured and trained by CIA to unleash terror on Pakistani nation.

    Pray, then why is Gen Hamid Gul of the Mother of All Agencies, calling TTP ‘true mujahids of Islam’ and ‘patriotic Pakistanis’. Is the agency in question going to prosecute Gen Gul for being a CIA agent.
    Watch Hamid Gul at

  • parvez
    Mar 2, 2011 - 10:58PM

    TTP claims responsibility but responsibility for his death also rests with the government and the judiciary for repeatedly allowing murderers to go free for want of evidence in the courts. What sort of signal does this send ??Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:09PM

    To all jazbati brothers like me who write in Tribune, this is ridiculous to say who killed Minister Shahbaz at the moment specially throwing your verdict so clearly like some us. Always remember if we had Islam in our lives not just in our names situation would have been different all Islam is in books, lives are deficient of same.
    As for @ Sanjithmenon please worry about your bigots!!
    @ Prashant Kohale, Mr Jinnah did his job now its for the people of Pakistan to decide what to do we are not asking India’s help please.
    @ MKB Islam is moderacy my dear! You know a Christian man in India has 39 wives and nearly 100 children. You and me can’t take care of 1 or 2 what to talk about 4 but no problem with Islam!
    @ Singh how about British rule?Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:29PM

    @ Adil easier said then done! Strange Muslim, do some justice with your name. How about yourself?
    @ Iceman, what’s your view?Recommend

  • Ron
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:39PM

    Are u sure minorites still living in Islamic pakistan… ? what a joke!!
    They all gone a die like dogs. You won’t be able to find any minority in next 63 years..
    RIP shahbaaz!! God please help minorties… Recommend

  • ThePalmist
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Unless and until the Moslem world expunges the idiotic and untenable belief that somehow its holy book and its founder are so holy and sacrosanct, that any comment,criticism, or insult, real, preceived or plain fabricted, requires an immediate punishment, by death, of the offender. Summary justice can be meted out by any one, without waiting for the due process of law. This is one of the brutal and intolerant faces of Islam.

    Wake up folks. There is nothing so holy in the world that requires a human being to put to death, for the mere questioning of it. If Islam is truly tolelrant and peaceful as you want the world to believe, you can begin by removing the word blasphemy from your religious vocabulary.Recommend

  • Ron
    Mar 2, 2011 - 11:56PM

    I don’t know why are we just commenting and not contributing towards the society. I expect all indians should learn a lesson from pakistan and make strong institutions. Nahi to gabbar singh aayega!! Time to work much more harder to create strong social values. We just need one generation so that we can achieve our goals. We are the oldest civillisation on planet earth we must work hard to be respected. Proud to be a humanbeing. Proud to be an Indian. Goodluck to liberal pakistani. I hope allah will give you the strength. Recommend

  • ali
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:01AM

    Sad day, but considering the tactics of islamisation since the zia ul haq time till present day, our nation cannot be expected to have any other outcome. Zia taught the public to hate the hindus, taliban taught us to hate the minorities. The government turns a blind eye to terrorist activities originating in Pakistan, affecting the UK, India, and other nations. This is now affecting us. What more can we expect? the nation is in a self destruct mode.

    Partition should never have happened – we are suffering at the hands of the mistakes committed by Quaid e Azam and Nehru. We would have been much better off as Muslims in India, who enjoy the rights of a normal citizen, and can progress up to the top in every field, despite being a minority (we would have been 35% of the population). Here, we are busy fighting between shias, sunnis, ahmadis, christians, hindus, and ultimately supressing minority rights. Recommend

  • jimmy
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:02AM

    i think mullahs should be only for nakah and azaan!pkistan need some mustafa kamal
    to eraicate this garbagge from here.
    seems we are bcoming fanatics like the extremists in india.Recommend

  • Philip
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:58AM

    To the people of Pakistan,

    My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Mr. Bhatti. This is as terrible as the assassination of Mr. Taseer. But I tell you this, that this is NOT the work of al-Qaeda. On behalf of Sheik Osama bin Laden, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri just stated that innocents, both Muslim and non-Muslim, should not be targeted in the effort to drive Western forces from the Land of Islam. This is what al-Qaeda fears: The extremists are losing their focus and concentrating on the wrong things, namely simply murder for murder’s sake. This breeds unnecessary bloodshed and gives Islam a bad name.

    When you see the Westerners leave Pakistan, you will know real war will follow. You must correct your deficiencies, or you will perish. It is not too late. The moderates must speak up and regain control, or they may wisely opt to follow George out to safety. It is your choice.

    The same forces who killed Mr. Taseer killed Mr. Bhatti. These terrorists are claiming credit in the name of al-Qaeda which is a blatant lie. Nor was the US involved in any way. The US does not need to help aggravate your situation. You do it yourselves. God help Pakistan in this dire hour.Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:37AM

    @jimmy: The only solution that I can see is for the people of Pakistan is to return to their native culture and religion. Nothing else will bring peace. It is that simple. Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:39AM

    @ali: “Partition should never have happened – we are suffering at the hands of the mistakes committed by Quaid e Azam and Nehru. We would have been much better off as Muslims in India,”

    Are you trying to get yourself killed ?Recommend

  • Krishna
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:48AM

    Its about time the government machinery put fear into the hardcore Mullahs. You may as well start minister of law of Punjab.Recommend

  • Krishna
    Mar 3, 2011 - 2:56AM

    The real rulers of Pakistan are the extremists, Hafeez Said and the like. Anyone thinking otherwise is delusional.Recommend

  • aq
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:09AM

    Hey Sarkari muslims wake up before its too late. These animals have disreputed the religion of islam. Do muslims thinks that prophet of Islam would be happy with this behaviour of muslims.Recommend

  • aq
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:12AM

    Its time to take revenge from these animals and their supporters( religious parties). All minorities and others who are the victims of these brutalities should unite and fight back these wilds animals and jamaat islami and others.Recommend

  • the only sane person here
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:26AM

    After reading the comments I see that Raymond Davies, CIA, “non Muslim countries”, kafirs, Israel, India, Hindus are to be blamed for the murder of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti. Why don’t you point finger at yourself and your mullah janwars in peshawar ? I think no one (Including Taliban) gained anything from killing Mr. Bhatti . . . . Pakistan is a * Terrorist state, please bomb us to oblivion ! Recommend

  • The 72 Virgins
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:27AM

    The 72 virgins speaking:

    This is all a konspeerajiy agnaist true Muslims. Rest assured, we in Paradise are waiting the arrival of the people who killed the blasphemer.Recommend

  • Effendi
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:37AM

    I thought Gov Taseer’s murder was the final nail in the coffin, but there seems to be room for more.Recommend

  • Stephen Jones
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:44AM

    @Hafiz M Sohail:
    But you ARE a failed state.Recommend

  • Meengla
    Mar 3, 2011 - 4:53AM

    The slain minister Bhatti is another true martyr. Like Salman Taseer. He, like Taseer, would still be alive today enjoying great life being higher-up in political setup. He, like Taseer, could have afforded to go on expensive shopping trips abroad, cruise trips, vacations in European chalets. Enjoying all the amenities of life. [B]If only Bhattis and Taseers were like the rest of majority of Pakistanis. Only if they could have been cowered like the others[/B].
    Bhatti had plenty of warnings. I remember reading his interview a few weeks ago where he talks about the threat to his life but was defiant. So his death is not a shock to me. Well, after Taseer, nothing will shock me, I guess.

    Not even if these fanatics blow up the Mausoleum of M.A.Jinnah in Karachi on some mis-guided excuse.

    Where is the Ata Turk for Pakistan? Who can revise the curriculum 180 degree? Who can unleash the true force of the State of Pakistan against these fanatics? Nothing short of a total war against these fanatics can save Pakistan. That is because it is getting harder and harder for ‘liberal’ voices to be heard.

    Bravo to another brave son of Pakistan! May you rest in peace and may these fanatics and their bigoted ideology is gone from the face of the world as soon as possible.

    PS. So is it Sherri Rehman’s turn next? Please Sherri! You are a pride of Pakistan. Be safe.Recommend

  • Rigel
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:02AM

    This is the result of not punishing the governer’s killer. Where is the geriet brigade and Imran khan and Jamat Islami now? Oh! they support all these Raymond Desis who kill their own people.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:19AM

    no wounder world is worried about Pakistani extremismRecommend

  • lol
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:24AM

    Go on …this is what is expected of Pakistan & their people…was a shame that newspapers couldn’t print any such high profile killing(s) in the recent past …. go on kill more of them and rejoice … this will surely take you guys to so called ‘Jannat’ with 7 virgins waiting to bobbitise you folks .. Recommend

  • lol
    Mar 3, 2011 - 5:25AM

    you guys are living upto your reputation … good jobRecommend

  • 2 days ago
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:30AM

    R i p. .another sad incidentRecommend

  • FGT
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:30AM

    Taliban and CIA there all the cause and problems behind Pakistan. Taliban should be rounded up and killed along with the CIA agents running around Pakistan. I am sadden to say Pakistan has become a failed State. Only God can help us now R.I.P Shabaz Bhatti may God Grant you a high place Heaven Insha Allah!!!Recommend

  • sandy
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:53AM


    on hindsight, most indians including the indian peace loving muslims are really happy that the partition happened to get rid of these nonsense fanatics. Pak today is a joke, and its good india severed its ties with problematic brainwashed islamists right in 1947. Indian muslims enjoy far far greater protection, reservation and facilities. That is exactly the same reason, we see no headache from the original ismalic rich arabs, or the developed islamics in turkey or Malayasia/indonesia on any international islamic issue. Its Pak that keeps barking on international arena on every issue close to islam trying to get baby attention. The rich and clever muslim countries have all integrated with rest of world in 21st century. Only Pak, some dictators in middle east and dirt poor african islamic countrues are left behind in stone age. Recommend

  • Hamid Siddiqui
    Mar 3, 2011 - 8:34AM

    It’s so sad to see another prominent Pakistani politician is murdered.
    But who will benefit from an innocent, mans murder, who has done nothing wrong to any Pakistani by representing his community in particular and Pakistan in general?
    Its time for all Pakistanis to get united as Pakistanis only, do not get divided, and do not divert your attention from DAVIS, because this is what is been tried.
    So sad to see comments against Muslims or Christians or any other minority of Pakistan.
    Government of Pakistan should get serious on Davis case, disclose American involvement in the murder of two people, who were shot by Davis, and sentence him to what he deserve.
    The government should publicly announce the American Government’s involvement in the crash of Airbus A321 of AIRBLUE, killing more than 150 on board.How could we forget our 150 people who died for nothing, why we forget the pilot of that Aircraft who must have struggled and stopped the inside contractor/American terrorist, to crash the palne on Paksitan’s Nuclear facility.
    Its American Alqaeda, tried to destabilize Pakistan, and now trying to destruct the people of Pakistan’s attention, and create a topic by which they forget the Davis case, and they can get him released thru the back doors.
    People like Pervez Musharaf, Imran Khan and WajihUddin Ahmed should audit these incidents and put pressure on Government to investigate Mr.Bhatti’s murder properly and we will see its the same group behind Mr.Bhatti’s murder who was given visas in the name of contractors, without disclosing their contract to Pakistanis.
    If our present government still doesn’t show any interest in Pakistan and Pakistanis by taking a firm stand for the safety of Pakistan.
    They should be replaced by Pakistanis like Pervez Musharaf and Imran Khan.Recommend

  • JG
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:34AM

    @Abdul-Mughis Rana: Right. And Pakistanis don’t have a hand in ruining their own country…either by terrorizing their own people, terrorizing people of other countries OR by sitting on their hands, not lifting a finger to change things for the better. Pakistanis are all pawns in everyone else’s hands. They don’t have the will or strength to do anything for themselves. Give me a break! Grow up! Take charge and make a difference. The truth is, if you don’t take charge of your country, someone else will…and is…look at the U.S. and China, not India. Indians have enough problems of their own to go to your homes and killing people who stand for democracy. Indian’s do not have anything to gain by having a terrorist state as a neighbor. India doesn’t sell arms to Pakistanis (so doesn’t have money to gain from the transactions) nor does it welcome fundamentalist Muslims (the prefer peaceful and successful ones like SRK and the other Khans). Wake up and take responsibility! For God’s sake! For your sake! For your childrens’ sake!Recommend

  • JG
    Mar 3, 2011 - 10:45AM

    @Ron: Speak for yourself, Ron. And no, there’s no need for such “liberal” groups or organizations as in Pakistan. Let us not endorse fundamentalist ideologies nor a holier than thou attitude. Note that India has its own opressed minorities…that is if you read the newspapers (over 30% is dying of starvation, millions are discriminated against for being of a lower caste, different gender, darker color, poor class, 10% of the population is gay/lesbian/bisexual/transexual/transgender, Muslims and Christians are not really treated equally either. And don’t get submerged in nationalistic crap…it is one step away from religious fundamentalism. Stay with humanism and being a citizen of the world…it will serve us well.Recommend

  • JG
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:02AM

    @Iqbal Ahmad Janjua: Even before the US entered Pakistan, Pakistan was a terrorist state…not only to their neighbors, but also to its own people. Take responsibility for your own people and problems. Do not blame others. You’re acting like a child who has no control of his destiny or actions. That cries the the repercussions of its acts. Grow up! Face facts. It will help in dealing with the crisis at hand.Recommend

  • JG
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:08AM

    @Abdul-Mughis Rana: “Christian man in India has 39 wives and nearly 100 children.” As long as that Christian isn’t robbing your house to make his, why are you so worried all the way in Pakistan about it? And why should it matter that he has 2 wives or 39? You are allowed 4, realize that that too is one too many. Why not allow 1 woman to marry 4 men? Now that is what I would call a democracy!Recommend

  • pastor ilyas Saddique
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:18AM

    it is very critical situation for the christian community. we condum this killing and pray to the Lord that He keeps safe the pakistani people and christian nation.Recommend

  • fundyar
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Prophet would not have allowed the death of an innocent man.

    Also PTI did not say anything about the murder and the motives,,, just called it a lapse in Government and labled it a conspiracy!!Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:50AM

    The 72 virgins:
    I think in the near future the world will send these monsters to the 72 virgins. Can u pl send a medical cert certifying the virginity so that we can send these monsters fast. Photos of these virgins will also be welcome.Recommend

  • Fawzia
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:58AM

    I am ashamed to be called Pakistani. Where Shahbaz And Nawaz Sharif.They did not bother to give even 1 short statement. Shame on u Imran Khan. This is high time we should take Qadri to Gallows.Recommend

  • salim
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:00PM


    Indeed Zia ul Haq and Hamid Gul are the crimnals responsible for all that is going on! But nobody dare touch Hamid Gul. Why?Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 12:34PM

    wow.. 100s of comments… but are you people ready to OPPOSE these HADIHTER MULLAHS at every turn?

    Are you willing to work and stop going to and work at stopping your relatives and friends from going and supporting the nearest HADIHTER CENTER (they call it MASJID)

    Are you willing to make sure that NONE of you and your friends / relatives give a penny to the MADRASSAS?

    Are you willing to spend some time reading the QURAN? and learning what the QURAN actually says without the CORRUPTION of HADITH?

    Are you willing to walk an extra mile .. not to take a taxi driven by a HADITHER MULLAH

    Are you willing to walk to the NEXT shop to avoid buying from a HADITHER MULLAH..

    Are you willing to MAKE sure that this HADITHER MULLAH knows why you are not giving him your BUSINESS???

    Are you willing to spend ALL your free time to promote the TRUE ISLAM?

    or are these just a few comments on ET and think you have done your job?Recommend

  • Athenian
    Mar 3, 2011 - 12:48PM

    To Pakistanis from someone who sees Pakistan with empathy and believes it is a country that has got potential to blossom one day: please stop seeing conspiracies behind everything. Stop blaming the US, India, Israel, the weather, everything that breathes, moves, flies, etc. for the current situation. Pakistan is in a very sad state of affairs. Only if you acknowledge the resposibilities of Pakistanis themselves (from high ranking politicians to the simplest citizen) will you be able to gradually put an end to what is going on in Pakistan today. Start from within. No intention to blame, preach or admonish here. This is just my personal opinion. Good luck in the efforts of moderate Pakistanis and sincere condolences to the families of Mr. Bhatti and Mr. Taseer.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:12PM

    curse for all taliban from God is Confirmed,taliban is nt the follwers of God .thy all belong to satan.thy all r residant of hell in future soon…coz thy dont want peace in shame on taliban nd for our govt who has lost another gud nd peace loving man..
    plzzz wak up our govt nd media..
    we all know tht taliban is doing wrong,thn y we all couldnt do anything for it..tell me media nd govt?
    Shabaz bhatti was a great leader nd a true man nd these follower of satan killed him…
    my dear govt infact taliban dont wana peace..if anybody wanted nd struggle to made a peace land in pakistan thn he has to face killing as this gentle man did…
    i am a muslim ,but dont agree wth th taliban…nd was nt satisfied by th security given to Shahbaz bhatti..Recommend

  • sirius
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:17PM

    Seems a few condone the murder of an innocent man!I hate my friends for “funding a pathetic nation called Pakistan”. Why bec Pakistani’s WILL NEVER CHANGE AND KICK OUT THE CARROT HEADS – THEY DONT DESERVE MERCEY SIMPLY A BULLET!Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Mar 3, 2011 - 1:33PM

    Why don’t you enlighten us who is behind assasination wise guy?Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 3, 2011 - 3:59PM

    @Mohammed Abbasi:
    Aey Musalman! apnay dil se pooch, Mullah se na pooch.
    Ho gaya Allah keh bando se kyun khali haram– Allama Iqbal.
    We need to get rid of mullacracy and bring back the real Divine message into our life.Recommend

  • sial
    Mar 3, 2011 - 6:37PM

    Muslims have been made to promise that they will help defend the followers of other faiths from unjust and cruel attacks as well. For example, in his charter for all time to come addressed to all Christians living as citizens under Muslim rule, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, states:

    I promise that any monk or wayfarer who will seek my help on the mountains, in forests, deserts or habitations, or in places of worship, I will repel his enemies with my friends and helpers, with all my relatives and with all those w ho profess to follow me and will defend them, because they are my covenant. And I will defend the covenanted against the persecution, injury and embarrassment of their enemies in lieu of the poll tax they have promised to pay. If they prefer to defend their properties and persons themselves, they will be allowed to do so and will not be put to any inconvenience on that account.

    No bishop will be expelled from his bishopric, no monk from his monastery, no priest from his place of worship, and no pilgrim will be detained in his pilgrimage. None of their churches and other places of worship will be desolated or destroyed or demolished. No material of their churches will be used to build mosques or houses for the Muslims; any Muslim doing so will be regarded as recalcitrant to Allah and His Prophet. Monks and Bishops will be subject to no tax or indemnity whether they live in forests or on rivers, in the East or in the West, in the North or in the South. I give them my word of honor. They are on my promise and covenant and will enjoy perfect immunity from all sorts of inconveniences. Every help shall be given them in the repair of their churches. They shall be absolved of wearing arms. They shall be protected by the Muslims. Let this document not be disobeyed till Judgment Day.”

  • Khota
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:14PM

    To my Pakistani Christian brothers:

    As we Muslims are are too cowardly to deal with our own religious ‘leaders’, please eliminate them for us. Please.Recommend

  • Rameez Khan
    Mar 3, 2011 - 7:54PM

    It was a day which one wishes it never came. A wish that if time can go back and mistakes can be corrected, if bloodshed could be avoided and lives can be spared. Every passing day like this is increasing doubts on the future of our Pakistan, where this country will end up? It is not strange and there are examples that extreme totalitarian regimes can take over in situations and make a relatively large moderate and reasonable population a hostage. With every passing day like this we will bear the loss of brave and honest, we will end up mourn our beloved and we will see ugly ghosts of hatred and fear taking us over. It is time for Pakistanis to ask themselves and decide, and decide for once what they actually want? They want this game of hatred and intolerance continued or they want it stopped? They want to keep on dividing, separating and isolating ourselves or they want to be united? They want peace or they want bloodshed and violence? They want their children to prosper and grow or they want them ditched in all ills, hunger and devastation? Choices to be made are to give up and take back, it is to give up false pride and deceitful beliefs and take back right to live and let live, It is to give up emotions and loathing and take back harmony and peace.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2011 - 8:51PM

    keep making excuses for these mullahs and keep destroying pakistan and its future – may allah swt give pakistanis the reasoning and courage to take on the mullahsRecommend

  • Imran
    Mar 3, 2011 - 9:56PM

    He slept in Jesus Christ and at last got rid of all the worries of this materialistic world. Killers think that they have killed a man but they don’t realize that this is a mentality that cannot be killed nor be destroyed. He tried to convey the bright minded site of the Pakistan but these extremists do not want Pakistan to excel.

    Manly this is a great Loss but in God its a Victory that every christian would like to blessed with.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 4, 2011 - 7:20AM

    Taliban are the gates! Better run while you can.

    I hope when Pakistan fails, the leaders will have the good sense of destroying the nukes, rather than it falling into the hands of the Taliban. Knowing the sympathy Pakistanis have for Taliban, its a little hard to imagine. I guess its too late for Pakistan to not fail from here.

    Jinnah you were dead wrong, Nehru was right.Recommend

  • akash
    Mar 4, 2011 - 8:17AM

    RIP Mr. Bhatti.. just few points.. why and how is religion so important that it pervades all aspects of life.. and why has pakistan made these religious leaders grow so much in someone rightly pointed out blashphemy law is just used to exploit and torture minorities.. let also muslims be booked under it for saying things which are not tolerated in other religions.. that wont happen..
    And why do you even have such kind of law in todays world.. i am sure God is kind to forgive humans for small mistakes.. or if a sin is committed it is God who will decide.. who are these quadris.. and talibans to decide..
    But sadly govt of pakistan is not strong enought to take concrete actions against these extremists.. because they are massive in numbers and enjoy popular support .. which is a pity..the attitude of Govt officials.. politicians on blasphemy law says it all.. very weak..
    it a lesson we Indians should take a note off.. we do have our own bunch of lunatics.. but thank god those are marginal or are constantly it left wing or right wing extrimism is bad..
    also military enjoys popular support.. what are they doing.. or do they also share similar ideology as these killers.. or are they scared now of their “Strategic Depth” .. Come on Pakistan.. there are far so many good people still left to take these morons on.. and to stop pakistan from falling.. All the bestRecommend

  • Logic
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:43AM

    @Aitum Bumb, your attitude is exactly the reason why the whole world has come to the point of demanding nothing less than eradication of Muslims. These two murders alone can be used to justify America’s war against terrorism. What you are saying translates to: ‘Annihilate us, we deserve it’ . . .
    To all the conspiracy theorists here: ever heard of ‘occam’s razor’ ? It is a basic rule of rational thinking. Your infantile deductions have their origins in the highly superstitious rural thinking which is still dominant in Pakistan i.e blame it on someone else.

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Abusing the Rights of the non-Muslims in an Islamic state is worse than committing blasphemy.Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 4, 2011 - 12:00PM


    We are in Hell? Don’t you see the proteges of Lucifer governing us.Recommend

  • Abdulla
    Mar 4, 2011 - 1:15PM


    At last One person In pakistan to say that partition was wrong, and Dr. Maulana Azad as predicted in the same line with bacha khan what would be the fate of Pakistan… the truth has occurring today in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Wajahat Mirza
    Mar 4, 2011 - 8:31PM

    Baber Awan is very right in raising the question that someone will have to accept the responsibility for the negligence in providence of proper security to the minority minister. Why the honorable Minister for minorities was not accompanied by security guards though he received threat after the assassination of Salman Taseer. Why he was not provided bullet proof car when his life was on threat? The nation is asking the question as to why are we hostage into the hands of a group who are adamant in the perpetuation of extremism by imposing self style Islam. We condemn the assassination in its truest form and the assassins were neither Muslim nor human being, they were just hired puppet paid to defame our mother land.Recommend

  • Shuja
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:25AM

    I totally condem the act to killing minority person and belive they are not friend of Islam and Pakistan. I think this is done by people who are in contact with Ramond Davis and try to mold the situation in favour of America.Recommend

  • Shuja
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:28AM

    Still I belive minorities are more secure in Pakistan then India Recommend

  • Shuja
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:32AM

    @Vicram Singh:
    and then you will do same as you are doing with shooders hindus dont have any equality in their own religion how can they give equal rights to others.

    They are not muslims who are killing innocent people and Mr. Bhatti kill only to safe Ramond Davis and people are same who was in contact with Ramond Davis.Recommend

  • Shuja
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:42AM

    @Sonam Shyam:
    Look who is talking about minorities in Gujrat more then 3000 muslims are killed only when someone thinks that insident is done my muslims hundreds of churches and masjids are distrioed by hindus more then 10000 kashmiris are killed by indian army.

    Minorities are more secure in PakistanRecommend

  • Shuja
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:50AM

    @Aamir Ali:
    Those who killed Shehbaz Bhaatti they dont have any rights to call them self muslim and I strongly belive that they are not muslims. I demand to Pakistani Govt. to chatch these people and hang them in Chock. Still strongly belive they are same who was in contact with Ramond Davis.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 5, 2011 - 1:13AM

    @Shujah. I am a proud Pakistani Christian who honestly thinks and believes that even Muslims are not safe so what to talk about Christians and other non Muslims. If you are deaf and blind then it is OK and if not then stop misleading others who are speaking truth. In other countries at least law works and there we have not witnessed any coward justice system. Give any example where terrorist has been hanged in our country. The most SHAMEFUL behavior comes from around 57 Muslim countries who are keeping mum on this murder. We here in Pakistan start looting and burning our own properties when ever any injustice is done to our citizens in other countries so stop your mindless comments on what minorities are going through in their own country.Recommend

  • akash
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:37PM

    @shuja.. minorities more secure in pakistan.. keep dreaming.. another one who is in denial.. yea yea cry hoarse about gujrat.. it was an unfortunate incident.. it is still one off.. Congress and BJP both have done communal politics.. but more or less.. india is surely moving away from that kind of politics.. both these parties are major parties of india and rule many states..
    produce high ranking minorities in pakistan in every field and we will believe what you are saying.. for us we have uncountable minorities in high places.. whether it is Khans in bollywood.. presidents.. prime ministers.. i can go on on.. yes we still have long way to go.. but we are on right path.. so introspect please.. dont everytime jump up and down over one or two incidents Recommend

  • zam tariq sopkeman killed
    Mar 5, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Tavor-21, an Israeli-made rifle needed to kill pakistan taliban

    pakistan taliban should be defeated

    later can peaceful discussion what to doRecommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 7, 2011 - 10:50AM

    As I sat pondering over statements about this second tragic incident, when the first was still fresh. From a far distance I heard this mellow voice and it came so close that I felt I knew the
    sage who wrote;
    What are I and You?
    Just lattices in the niches of a lamp.
    Through which the One Light radiates
    I and You are the veil between Heaven and Earth.
    Lift this veil and you will see, how all sects and
    Religions are one.
    Lift this veil and you will ask– When I and You do not exist.
    What is mosque, what is synagogue
    what is fire temple? (Shabistari)Recommend

  • Fr. Qaisar Feroz
    Mar 7, 2011 - 9:19PM

    The killing of Shabaz Bhatti is the repetition of the killing of Salman Taseer for the same cause. The government, media and religion have terribly failed to teach humanity, respect for each others faith and human dignity. How many more lives? We have to rediscover and promote a true anthropology of Islam. Religion and all other social and political institutions must be at the service of well being of the human person. Normally laws should never go against human life but protect and promote human dignity. Recommend

  • matti jan
    Mar 11, 2011 - 5:22PM

    shahbaz bhatti is not just a nyc person …. but he is the gr8 christian leader on national and international level both… he is the voice of the minorities of pakistan… his assasination ia a gr8 loss.Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 1:27PM

    Id say open your mouths the rest of Pakistan before you choke.Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 1:32PM

    I think the Azaans should be on FM and the Jahil Mulla’s should be hanged upside down so blood can reach their brains.Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 7:20PM

    Absolute Governments corrupts absolutely, Religions are the flowers of wisdom not the ammunition for suppressing the other. If you put the messages of all the Religion together you might come up with the actual language of Peace and Harmony. Each message came at a particular time but its was always the same. Be good, do good, mind your own friggin’ business and not somebody Else’s.Recommend