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Fascists strike again in Pakistan: Minorities Minister killed

Shahbaz Bhatti (5 February 2010)
Sometimes it feels we are living in  stone age where no dissent and no call for a tolerant society is possible. Murder, violence, mayhem are the order of the day. Today, we mourn the death of Shahbaz Bhatti who had been repeatedly threatened, but not intimidated.
It is time for Pakistan’s political parties to take stock of this situation and get their own ideological house in order before they are wiped out as well. Pakistani state organs have been appeasing the Right and Islamofasicsts for too long. It is time to stand up. If they think they can be safe then they ARE WRONG.
PTH condemns this murder and recalls that Pakistan was not created for this violence and bigotry that is now our halmark and has made us a joke in the international community.
Taseer’s murderers have to be booked, Benazir Bhutto’s murderers have to be brought to book and Bhatti’s murder should not go to waste.
Wake up Pakistan and our appeal to Pakistanis: stand up for your rights for living in a secure, tolerant society.
Here is a newsreport from BBC – sad and I hate to post it but then such are the times we live in:

Pakistan’s Minorities Minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, has died after two gunmen opened fire on his car in the capital, Islamabad, hospital officials say.

He was travelling to work when through a residential district when his vehicle was sprayed with bullets, police said.

Mr Bhatti, a Christian, is a leader of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party.

In January, he told the BBC he would defy death threats he had received from Islamist militants for his efforts to reform the country’s blasphemy law.

The blasphemy law holds a death sentence for anyone who insults Islam, but Mr Bhatti said it had been used to persecute minority faiths.

“I was told that if I was to continue the campaign against the blasphemy law, I will be assassinated. I will be beheaded. But forces of violence, forces of extremism cannot harass me, cannot threaten me,” he said.

On 4 January, Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer, who had also strongly opposed the law, was shot dead by one of his bodyguards.

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36 Responses to "Fascists strike again in Pakistan: Minorities Minister killed"

  1. libertarian United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Pakistan was not created for this violence and bigotry that is now our halmark and has made us a joke in the international community.

    You have that right.

  2. viva India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Pakistan is not a joke in the international community. It is either feared (by hindus), detested (by christians and jews) but also wooed (by rogue dictatorship/feudal states like North Korea, China, Gaddafi’s Libya, Saudi Arabia etc.)
    I hope Pakistan becomes a joke like India today still is.

  3. lota6177 United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    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.

  4. Ally Netherlands Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Raza Bhai,

    Fascism is exactly what it is… its so scary! The new Nazis!!!

  5. abdul moiz Pakistan Internet Explorer Windows says:

    no one in the media has come out or will come out with unequivocal condemnation,just as with salman taseer shaheed the religious barbarians in the media will qualify his murder just as they qualified taseer’s murder.
    We need more salman taseer’s ,more shahbaz bhatti’s ,more asma jehangir’s if this country is to survive.
    speak up ppl,if not on tv,then set up your own blogs ,share posts from PTH, tribune ,newsline magazine etc. on your facebook,email as there are millions of religious barbarians on facebook now & they need to read a counter argument.

  6. alakshyendra India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    no matter how noble (and there’s a big question mark over that) the founder’s intentions were, pakistan was achieved through threats, blackmail and violence. and that is what we see today in pakistan. after all, you cannot detach the means from the end. all along, you provoke people’s religious sentiments and whip up people into a violent frenzy and then when you achieve your goal, you suddenly start giving speeches about how all communities irrespective of their religion can go to their temples and mosques aqnd should live together in peace and harmony. can such a thing ever be possible?

  7. guysgiveitabreak United Kingdom Google Chrome Windows says:

    There is something both chilling as well natural about this event. Chilling in that a man is murdered in cold blood. A man who is a minister for minorities. A man who is a Christian. And yet not one person has protested about this dastardly deed (apart from Raza Rumi).

    Natural in that this is the Third chapter in the Islamisation of a nation. The first is cleansing. Second are the threats and blasphemy laws and other assorted anti-minorities laws (like a neutered dog). The third is the removal of pin-pricks who dare to stand up.

    This is what was set in motion in 1971, a year which has been wiped from the collective memory and all the wrong lessons drawn from it. So far not one right and correct lesson has been drawn apart from military ones. There has been no socialogical or political or anthropological lessons dranw from that year.

    There is no point in writing these articles Raza Rumi. The die has been cast. Everything is settling down. You either need to take to the streets and hunt the lot down and kill them like the dogs they are, or make sure you live near (a) a port, (b)an airport (c) near the border to iran or India or afghanistan and (d) above all have papers other than the green ones. Times do not seem right for the likes of you for you are not courageous enough to take to the streets. You are an “intellectual” and have been a part of the “useful idiots” conglomerate (and I donot insult you but use the term extremely sadly).

  8. Sri United Kingdom Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Pakistan has become like China: in China, the state silences dissidents; in Pakistan, private armies do this.

  9. SKChadha India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Raja Rumi Sahib before writing such blogs, close the doors of PTH and run away as fast as possible from Pakistan. The murderers are jobless after gunning down Shahbaz Bhatti …. who knows you may be the next …..????

  10. Raj (The Other One) Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    The silver lining on this murder is that it would be far easier to find a priest for Shahbaz Bhatti to lead his funeral prayers than it was for Salman Taseer!

    Pakistan, SHAME ON YOU!

  11. Tilsim United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows says:

    At occurrences like these (which are so frequent now), one feels totally and utterly helpless. Yesterday, they gunned at 35 girls in a Mardan school and today it’s this.

    What is the right response to absolute evil for a State and it’s people who are at times fighting the menace, at other times complicit and at other times at their knees?

    I don’t think anyone has answers but silence and laissez faire are not options because it is silence and laissez faire that has got us to this point.

    Raza, thanks for raising your voice. It feels lonely in the wilderness. So many humans yet such stunning silence, confusion and fear against absolute evil. Your voice and many others like you, give us hope that it’s not just our fate to be silent observors of this relentless slide into absolute darkness.

  12. alakshyendra India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Your voice and many others like you, give us hope that it’s not just our fate to be silent observors of this relentless slide into absolute darkness.
    yeah but the sad and frightening fact is that if you do not voluntarily silence yourselves, they will.

  13. MMZ Canada Safari iPhone says:

    More chilling is the fact that no security was there. This has become an indication that something is going to happen. Either this was attack on Ahmadi mosque or now murder of Bhatti. State machinery knew this was going to happen, and so they protected a few police men. Fascists have taken over Pakistan.. Period.

  14. Anwar United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Very unfortunate….
    It also represents failure of state functions.

  15. alakshyendra India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    More chilling is the fact that no security was there.
    MMZ saab, salman taseer had security, but what was the result? fact is that if “they” want to get you, they will, regardless of whether or not there is “security”.

  16. MMZ Canada Google Chrome Windows says:

    @alakshyendra: Security apparatus knows what to do, when insider struck they did not do anything not even disable him.. When outsider struck they simply disappear and then blame that the dead person asked them (verbally) not to send any.. Now dead person cannot speak if that’s the truth. IG says no security lapse.. What a shame? But who cares Pakistani society has really become impotent. None else but the State is to blame.. I wonder who will control this.. At this moment I find all institutions of Pakistan has been taken over by these bigots.

  17. D. Asghar Canada Safari Unknow Os says:

    @Raza Bhai, please consider what I had previously said after Taseer Sahibs murder in private very seriously.

    PTH and a few other places are only voices of reason left in Pak. You and others are PTH are very dear to me. Regards.

  18. alakshyendra India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    only two kinds of pakistanis can survive the impending (if it has not already descended on) calamity. one type is the islamist; the other is those not in pakistan. everyone else’s goose is cooked. i hope ylh, raza, feroz and the others get out asap.

  19. Girish United States Safari Mac OS says:

    The claim that he asked security personnel to not accompany him seems very suspicious. He had publicly spoken about the threats against him and had asked the Government for enhanced security. He did not seem shy of security, so why would he not want it now?

    Also, 4 security personnel assigned to a high profile minister against whom there are credible threats? And after a Governor had been killed less than 2 months ago on the same issue on which he was being threatened! This has to be unreal! 4 security personnel spread over three shifts implies that he had one PSO at any given time.

    These are difficult times for anybody in Pakistan aligning themselves with any liberal cause whatsoever. What is the protection that Sherry Rehman receives, for instance? If she cannot stay safe in Pakistan, she should emigrate.

  20. Arjun United States Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    I’m surprised Ally hasn’t blamed this on Pakistan’s “voluntary” involvement in the war on terrorism and how you wouldn’t see bomb blasts in the land of the pure before that.

    The post hoc fallacy and all that..

  21. Watty United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Mr. Raza Rumi,

    Please consider moving to US, UK or India while you still have time. This tragedy is a wake up call to the precious few voices of tolerance and moderation – Pakistan today has no place for you today. A better day may dawn after all this turmoil, when your services will be in dire need.

  22. wonderer India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I wonder if anyone knows for sure what should be done now.

  23. Ally Netherlands Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Arjun

    Why would i say that? Just becasue i mentioned this fact in an earlier discussion? Stop picking and choosing what people say to use to your own advantage… Mullah ki adet achi seekhi haiN!

  24. viva India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Long long ago, even 14 hundred years ago, it was clear that this religion was going to bring god-centered fascism and disaster upon mankind. Anyone with sufficient socio-political intelligence and wisdom could have seen that. And yet we had (and even now have) loads of idiots over many generations praising this religion and even helping propagate or protect or defend it.
    Unless the real cause is publicized nothing will change for the better.
    We ALL will have to pay bitterly for our cowardice, opportunism and foolishness now and henceforth. Even the pakistani liberals included.
    Poison is dangerous, poison coated with honey even more so. And if the honey also contains an intoxicating substance then hell will be loose. And that hell is now loose – in Pakistan.
    Congratulations to Jinnah (for his “wonderful” abilities at lying and deceiving).

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  26. A Shaikh United Kingdom Internet Explorer Windows says:

    From Abpara to I -8/3 via strategic assets of the Islamic Republic.

  27. Raj (The Other One) Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Watty wrote: Mr. Raza Rumi,

    Please consider moving to US, UK or India while you still have time. This tragedy is a wake up call to the precious few voices of tolerance and moderation – Pakistan today has no place for you today. A better day may dawn after all this turmoil, when your services will be in dire need.

    I hope US or UK take in Mr. Raza Rumi for his safety.

    India however is no safe haven for the RAPE (Rich Anglophone Pakistani Elite). It is exactly the ideological grandparents of YLH and others who created Pakistan, after a show of barbaric force during Direct Action Day, and they deserve the fruits of their efforts – Pakistan!

    Now that the monster has grown to its full strength, and want to taste the blood of its nurturers, there is no need for India to intervene!

    Whatever happens to Pakistan, the Indian border should remain sealed.

    The only people who can be assisted are the artists – who keep the culture of this great region – both Hindu and Muslim, alive!

    But the Pakistani Elite should meet their their destiny in Pakistan itself.

  28. Delirium Pakistan Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Most unfortunate and insensitive tragedy. And this saga of brutality and hate continues unabated.

  29. viva India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    This saga of hate and violence, lies and arrogance, aggression and fascism (and misusing the word god) began in two arab cities 14 centuries ago.

  30. Watty United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Raj (The Other One):

    I understand your “once bitten twice shy” cautionary stance especially considering all the garbage that “so called” liberals like YLH spew out on a regular basis. Yes, Pakistan is the world’s habitual beggar nation thanks to the largesse in cash and kind of of US, UK, Communist China and others. All said and done, our shared geography and history dictates no alternatives to peace. Yes, we have to be prepared for the worst and keep all options open, as such we will always need voices of tolerance and moderation to speak for the other side. It is as much a threat to us as it is to them when these voices are being snuffed out one-by-one. Can we forever be captives of our post 1940′s history and yet aspire to keep pace with a world that is rapidly rushing past us in its progress towards a better tomorrow? Also, India has always offered safe harbor to those fleeing danger and oppression throughout history as opposed to safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan. Why or for whose pleasure would we be any different now?

  31. viva India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Starting from the two arab cities this ideology of arrogance, god-centered fascism and totalitarianism was inflicted upon all arabs and many non-arabs.
    Even a new-born snake is poisonous. And the poison becomes worse with years.

  32. Raj (The Other One) Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Watty huzoor,

    The Muslims and Christians believe the Day of Judgment! Hindus believe in the Karma! If innocents get hurt, and that can happen regardless of Karma, of course, one should intervene to save them.

    But for the Pakistani Elite, their Karma is only now catching up to them. I don’t want to stand between the Pakistani Elite and the Poetic Justice of Karma!

    Pakistan and Pakistanis have been responsible for countless millions of Indian lives. And Karma is baying for blood now! They sowed the wind!

    As a Hindu, I would just say, that if the Pakistani Liberals are killed off by the Taliban, then at least they would have a change of being born again into better circumstances in a country not called Pakistan.

    So all I say is, let there be Justice!

  33. SKChadha India Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Friends, there is lot of condemnation of barbaric murder. However, it is unfortunate that the sane voices in Pakistan are absolutely silent for the cause for which late Mr. Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti laid their lives i.e. blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

    When we go through entire nation’s web sites now a days all sane voices have become silent for this religion based biasness. 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 has come under the grip of fear psychosis to speak out against such provisions of law.

    The silence on blasphemy laws is death of a cause in Pakistan and it appears that in present dispensation of Pakistan only the voices of Salman Taseer & Shahbaz Bhatti were wrong. If that be so they were rightly needed to be silenced ….. ??? How do we blame wrongdoers, I am confused …. ??? Can somebody enlighten me?

  34. Hitendra India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @ Viva,
    publish the full story of two cities. It is interesting.

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