Shahbaz Bhatti murder case: Police present accused in court, say he is not guilty

Published: February 21, 2012
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Police on Tuesday submitted a report before the court in the former minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti murder case, saying accused Abid Malik is not guilty. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Police on Tuesday submitted a report before the court in the former minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti murder case, saying accused Abid Malik is not guilty. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Police on Tuesday submitted a report before the court in the former minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti murder case, saying accused Abid Malik is not guilty.

Malik has also been presented before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi. The court is expected to announce its verdict later today.

Police has asked the court to acquit Malik because no evidence of his guilt emerged during investigations.

Malik has already pleaded not guilty, saying he is being framed in the case and has no links to it.

Malik was nominated by Bhatti’s family in a supplementary statement handed to the police. He was arrested on February 13 at the Lahore Airport upon his arrival from Dubai. According to investigators, Bhatti’s family had cited “property issues” which led to the murder of the former minister.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Parvez
    Feb 21, 2012 - 12:30PM

    When those entrusted with keeping law and order in the land are either involved with or terrified by those they have to prosecute, one should not expect much.

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  • Striver
    Feb 21, 2012 - 2:55PM

    Murder in Pakistan invariably involves dispute over ‘property’ of one sort or another but where the blasphemy law is used in ‘property’ disputes by Pakistani-Muslims against their Pakistani- Christian brethren, that is the bone of contention in the Pakistani society today.

    Did Gen.Zia and Muslim parties really think that a Muslim of today out of sheer sense of justice would not manipulate such laws for their own benefit? Did they really think that they were doing Islam a duty?

    Pakistani-Christians trained the elite of their country and its leaders thus stamping a very strong footprint on societal evolution? What more can a society expect from its minorities?

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  • Iron hand
    Feb 21, 2012 - 5:16PM

    Law of the jungle. My sympathies to the human beings of Pakistan who fall victim to predators.

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  • Feb 21, 2012 - 5:26PM

    And those who cried for minority killings should know that Shahbaz Bhatti had a family dispute over property

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  • Striver
    Feb 22, 2012 - 12:18AM

    @Pakistan politics
    That Shahbaz Bhatti had a family dispute over property is not in question. I have merely used the report to highlight the misuse of Blasphemy laws.

    Let’s remember that Allah has placed very significant burden on us mortal beings in HakookAllah and HakookulEbaad.

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  • shame to be paki
    Feb 23, 2012 - 1:16PM

    What is the truth ask pakistani agencies.dont put inocent people names on list for god sakeRecommend

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