Threats hamper minority minister’s murder trial

Threats hamper minority minister’s murder trial




ISLAMABAD: Extremist threats have hampered the murder trial of former minority affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who was gunned down in Islamabad in March 2011, the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) said on Saturday.
Shahbaz Bhatti had been a vocal opponent of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law. 
“Threatening pamphlets claiming to be from the Punjabi Taliban were found in the office of our key witness, whose name cannot be disclosed for security.” Shamoon Gill, a spokesman for APMA, told AFP.
He said the pamphlets had warned the witness to “stay away from the case or get ready to be eliminated along with his family”.
“He is terrified, he continues changing his place and faces serious life threats,” Gill said.
The witness is supposed to appear before an anti-terrorism court on February 19. Paul Bhatti, brother of the former minority minister who had also served as a federal minority minister after his brother was gunned down, is the complainant in the case. 

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