Bhatti’s assassination: ‘Kashmiri plotted the murder’

Published: June 29, 2011

JIT report says the group crafted plan with the help of Punjabi Taliban. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

In an interesting twist to the Shahbaz Bhatti murder case, an investigation report has revealed that the Ilyas Kashmiri group had crafted the plan to assassinate the former minorities’ affairs minister.

Bhatti was gunned down by unknown persons in front of his residence in Islamabad in broad daylight on March 3, 2011.

The group had planned to kill Bhatti with the help of Asmatullah Mawaia, the self-proclaimed leader of the Punjabi Taliban, according to a six-page report by the Ministry of Interior, based on the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing Bhatti’s murder case.

“[The plan] was executed by elements of Tehreek-i-Islami, coupled with the disgruntled lot of ‘Ghazi Force’ stationed at Islamabad,” the JIT report stated. Efforts to identify other executors are ongoing, it added.

The JIT report continued to reveal that a man calling himself Shabbir Haidri informed MPA Chaudhry Tahir Naveed by telephone about the plan to kill Bhatti.

Terrorists Umarul-Bashar and Ameer Mawia of Faisalabad and Abu Saeed and Tahirul-Hassan of Islamabad had executed the plan, the report alleged.

They abided by the directions of terrorist Khilji of Ameer-i-Taliban, it added.

The JIT, through its findings, learnt that the actual name of Umarul-Bashar is Abid Malik and he lived in Nai Abadi, Faisalabad. Abu Saeed’s actual name is Qari Ziaur-Rehman, also from Faisalabad. According to the findings of the report, both terrorists fled to Dubai, from Karachi via Sri Lanka.

The JIT also discovered that the actual name of Shabbir Haidri is Nazar Muhammad, a resident of district Narowal, and had been temporarily residing in Akhtar Colony in Karachi.

Haidri was apprehended from Karachi and brought to Islamabad on April 24 for interrogation, which is still in progress.

The report also claimed that as soon as the culprits involved in this high-profile murder are traced, investigation will be concluded on merit.

State Minister for Minorities’ Affairs Akram Masih Gill on Monday demanded the formation of a judicial commission to investigate his predecessor Bhatti’s murder.

The demand was made at a time when the Islamabad police decided to close the case “for want of evidence”. SSP Islamabad Tahir Alam had informed parliamentarians that the JIT interrogated 519 suspects across four districts adjacent to the federal capital, but not a single lead has come about.

The JIT also questioned Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, regarding Bhatti’s killing, as well as Tehreek-i-Islami activists, but to no avail, Alam said.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2011.

Reader Comments (16)

  • Mirza
    Jun 29, 2011 - 8:57AM

    “Ilyas Kashmiri group had crafted the plan to assassinate the former minorities’ affairs minister.”

    It makes it very easy. Kashmiri is dead so there would be no reason to find any actual culprit. The case is solved, there is no need to “bother” any other Islamist, extremist, terrorist. Very creative indeed! Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Every investigation give results, if it is processed.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jun 29, 2011 - 10:32AM

    Interrogate and shoot them in front of general public. No need for legal case as they will skip the punishment due to our most independent judiciary and legal system.Recommend

  • anjum irshad
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:06PM

    salman taseer shaheed and shahabaz bhatti shaheed paid the ultimate price for speaking the truth.The islamic terrorists couldn’t handle the truth and so they silenced these brave voices,but these two will continue to live forever in the hearts of the people of pakistan for they dared to say the truth when a lot of other people chose to remain silent out of fear .Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:21PM

    The judge handeling this high profile case must be highly relieved would close the case soon, rather than facing death threats from the militant organisations. Recommend

  • ramanan
    Jun 29, 2011 - 1:37PM

    And Mushraff rewarded Kashmiri for ‘good work’.

    To paraphrase US ambassador to Kabul, you cannot rear snakes expecting some good snakes to bite only your neighbour !!

    Kudos to Pakistan and its ‘enlightened moderation’.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:03PM

    As a person who really likes Imran Taliban (sorry I meant Imran Khan) and speaking for him as he has gone totally silent on this issue, I am angry that our forces are blaming the innocent Talilban. Taliban in last six years have been extremely careful in killing innocent Pakistanis. Unlike America who killed 700 terrorists and about 10 civilians thru drones (by accident), our belowed taliban have only killed 39,000 innocent Pakistanis (and not one by mistake). All kills were intentional. So Taliban killed no civilians by Mistake and America 10. So America has to leave, Pakistan does not need billions of dollars in Aid to build schools or help people who lost everything in floods Imran Taliban really understands Taliban. Like Taliban or Osama bin Laden, he only uses women. He does not care for the women. he slept with 100s of them before marriage. had a child with one of them. never said the child was his. But when that woman died due to illness and he found out she left $200 million, he wanted his personal American Aid. He wanted his child to come and live with him so that he could use the American aid (her money) for buying better cars, houses and sun glasses for himself. But evil Americal lied and said Imran is only after her wealth and she did not come. That is why Imran hates Americans. They can only give aid to Imran like they gave for his hospital. Now you know his honest reasons. Imran never cared for Bhatti. Imran is only one person. By caring for 30,000 Taliban his heart is totally filled. What space is left is for rogue elements in ISI and other organizations like Let, LeJ etc. Do not blame him for not carring for Salman Taseer or Mr. Bhatti’s murder.Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 2:39PM

    Who is shaheed, who is ghazi——–how you guys could decided or seal someone fate?????Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 2:56PM

    Why are you supporting militants. Let them go to hell. They are real enemy of our society. Support truth and innocent people man! Recommend

  • waqas ul haq
    Jun 29, 2011 - 3:18PM

    ”Kashmiri” is no more as sources says… but has he fired the bullets on The Martyor Shahbaz Bhatti.. certainly not.. so where are the gunmans.. ISLAMABAD POLICE really not capable or willing to provide justice to Bhatt’s family & to Minorities… the day will come when people of Pakistan stands for their rights & ruined the corrupt Police Officers & Politicians…Recommend

  • R
    Jun 29, 2011 - 3:35PM

    ………and Saleem Shahzad was eliminated on order of OBL; BB on orders of Nek Mohammed.
    The trigger men are all dead. Very clever. The establishment is always is. Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Jun 29, 2011 - 5:04PM

    Now they’ll blame everything on Kashmiri…..Recommend

  • pappu
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:49PM

    @Anjum Irshad and similar opportunists
    hey c’mon. Stop this “shaheed” propaganda. Words do not exalt anyone they way you try to portray. You are just too blind to see that these shaheeds have destroyed this country. Need an example? Ask your president. He will tell in detail.
    Most of you are just trolls who vomit their comments and are never seen again for a follow up.
    I really hate qadri because had Salman Taseer lived, we would have seen his political intents in limelight. Other than issuing statements, he DID NOT DO ANYTHING for the minority. His motive was just to diss PML(N) people. Thats about it. He might be “shaheedd-e-aasia” BUT NOT “shaheed” of the type you are making him.
    I wan’t surprised when i came to know that Hitler had a propaganda ministry to protect his goals among common people. Propaganda is such a strong tool, whether war or peace.Recommend

  • pappu
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:54PM

    @Ahmed:
    Hey while you rant is interesting, sarcasm reveals your insanity. Why talk about Pakistan alone? Forgot that your biological father, USA, was the one to initiate jihadi taliban phenomenon?Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 11:32PM

    @Durrani-alAbbas:

    Durrani sb!

    If needle is going your skin you will know the pain…. minorities in Pakistan are threaten , persecuted and martyr.And those murderers could never be Ghazi…. they are criminals as they killed innocent and people with the right cause.Recommend

  • Jun 30, 2011 - 9:35PM

    its now easy to name Kashmiri for Bahtti and BB even and a good opportunity to cover everything under his nameRecommend

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