https://mediacellppp.wordpress.comPakistan People’s Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is set to launch his political career in a big way by holding his first public rally here on Saturday as security arrangements were in place anticipating a massive turnout.
Friday, October 17, 2014
By Nazir S BhattiToday in a meeting with a friend, when I told him that Dr. Paul Bhatti, former Religious Harmony Minister and brother of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti has fled from Pakistan after life threats from Punjabi Talban on pursuing case of Shahbaz Bhatti murder in anti-terrorist court. My friend was not surprised on Dr. Paul Bhatti’s re-settlement in Italy but he raised very important question: Where Gul Sher will flee, who was driver of Shahbaz Bhatti and eye witness of killing incident of his boss Shahbaz Bhatti? It was morning of March 2, 2011, in capital city of Pakistan; Gul Sher was waiting alongside car on door of house of mother of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti which was not his official residence as Federal Minister for Minorities Affair; It is 11: 15 AM, Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister of government of Pakistan, appears from house of his mother and directs his driver Gul Sher to head for Prime Minister House where he had to participate in Cabinet meeting; but before reaching PM House, he have to go to his official residence where Police was waiting for him to escort on daily schedule. It is 11:20 AM, before reaching to official residence where police escort was waiting, the vehicle of Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti slows down on a road speed breaker, then suddenly, gunmen stop car of Shahbaz Bhatti and order Gul Sher to get out of car and run to save his life. The gunmen spray bullet on Shahbaz Bhatti and wait to ensure that he is dead; the killers, then, put pamphlets written by Punjabi Talban on dead body of Shahbaz Bhatti which warn others to not speak against blasphemy law. It is on record that Gul Sher, driver of Shahbaz Bhatti, saw faces of killers and became a credible witness of the killing incident. After murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, a joint investigating team of Islamabad police was constituted by government of Pakistan which instead of arresting terrorists of Punjabi Talban started harassing activists of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance APMA which was led by Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti; the police picked up Gul Sher also and tortured him for weeks to record a statement or confession that killers were Christians; later, Gul Sher was released from police torture cell on instructions to keep silent. The government of Pakistan and Joint Investigation Team of Shahbaz Bhatti murder case was fully aware that Punjabi Talban are involved in killing of Shahbaz Bhatti and knew their hide outs in Punjab but stretched their investigation towards Christian activists of APML and Gul Sher who was driver of slain Christian leader. The mother of Shahbaz Bhatti and family servant were awarded asylum by Canadian government who migrated to Canada but Gul Sher who was eye witness of killing incident and next target of Punjabi Talban was ignored. When I talked last with khalid Gill who was Chief Organizer of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance APMA led by Shahbaz Bhatti and harassed by joint investigation team of Islamabad in murder inquiry of Shahbaz Bhatti. Mr. khalid Gill is one who invested millions of his family funds to organize APMA to strength leadership of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti reached Canada in year 2013 and applied for asylum to save his life but he is facing difficulties which is causing depression on him when Mr. Gill is patient of high blood pressure and feeling unsafe in Canada even where some elements are propagating against him that he may not get asylum. The very important question still stands very big; where Gul Sher will go to save his life who is eyewitness of killing spree of Shahbaz Bhatti but in hiding in Pakistan? While Paul Bhatti settles back in Italy and family of Shahbaz Bhatti along with family servants is settled in Canada. There are thousands of Christians who are fleeing from Pakistan after persecution and life threats who are waiting for their case approvals from UNO offices in Sri-Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia in very desperate situation which require attention of UNHRC but what’s future of Pakistani Christians: its big question mark like question of Gul Sher?
Saleem ud Din, the Ahmadiyya spokesperson in Pakistan, issued a press release yesterday expressing great grief and sadness at the latest murder of a well-known Ahmadi in Kamra, dist. Attock in Punjab. Victim, Mr Latif Aalam Butt, 62, was killed outside his house in the evening hours on October 15 by unknown assailants who repeatedly fired at him. Saleem ud Din said the incident represented a continuation of religiously motivated violence against Ahmadis. "Ahmadis are constantly on the receiving end of vicious threats and edicts of death." "They [Ahmadis] are told that unless they turn away from their beliefs they will face persecution," he added. Saleem ud Din declared Ahmadis would not be intimidated "by such cowardly attacks." He further added that in order to stop these sorts of incidents, the government should ban hate material against Ahmadis and take measures against those who distribute it. Saleem ud Din demanded the arrest of those responsible for this crime so that they could swiftly be brought to justice. "Hundreds of Ahmadis are killed for their faith yet no one is ever charged for their murder which suggests a grievous degree of negligence on the part of the authorities." Victim, Mr Latif Aalam Butt is survived by a wife, four sons and a daughter. "He was an extremely kind, loving and pious man who harboured no enmity against anyone," said Saleem ud Din in the press release. Remains of Latif Aalam Butt were brought to Rabwah where they were laid to rest yesterday.
The government of Balochistan is denying the right to education and employment to visually impaired persons, the Pakistan Association of the Blind (PAB) said on Wednesday as it observed White Cane Day. The provincial government is not implementing the quota of jobs allocated for blind people in Balochistan, PAB said.Addressing a news conference at Quetta Press Club on Wednesday, President of PAB’s Balochistan chapter Qari Saki Mohammed said it is regrettable that blind people in Balochistan are denied the opportunity to show their talents in any profession. “There is merely a quota of two per cent for blind people in Balochistan and even this is not being implemented,” he said. He cited the example of the Sindh police, where more than 800 blind people are included in the institution. In comparison, only four visually impaired people from Balochistan have been recruited to the police – less than one per cent. He pointed out that there is only one education center catering to special needs individuals in Balochistan. “There should be schools at a district level across Balochistan to provide such students with equal opportunities for education,” he said. He demanded that the government provide employment to educated blind people within the education department so the education system could be improved.
Ten terrorists were killed and several others injured during an operation carried out by security forces in Khyber Agency. According to sources, the security forces continued their operation against militants in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency where clashes continued in Aka Khel area until the last report was filed. During clashes, ten terrorists were killed while several others were injured. Security forces also gained control of the border check post. Security forces continued operation to gain control of the Shah Kot check post.
Asia Bibi’s appeal to the Lahore High Court was denied on Thursday, and the death penalty accorded to her still stands despite her lawyers citing lack of evidence to convict her of blasphemy. An appeal to the Supreme Court is the next step her lawyers will take, and might lead to charges being dropped as for Ayub Masih in 2002. But the fact remains that Asia Bibi has been in jail since 2010, and it may take years for the case to be cleared.