Christian not feeling safe in Pakistan. By Nazir S Bhatti
After broad day light murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer by his bodyguard in Islamabad and threatening marches by Islamists in Pakistan have created feeling of insecurity among millions of Pakistani Christians.
The undue support of lawyer fraternity to killer of Salman Taseer and slow pace of investigation in this high profile murder of a leader who was a strong man of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party have confused poor Pakistani citizens in particular.
There was murder of Mir Murtaza Bhutto in Karachi but his sister Benazir Bhutto was unable to bring her brother’s killers to justice during her premiership. Benazir Bhutto was martyred in Rawalpindi and her husband being President of Pakistan from two years is unable to disclosed her wife’s killers. There is continued episode of murders in PPP leadership but non is punished. The PPP leadership also not seem serious in investigation of assassination of Salman Taseer, who acted to highlight moderate and enlighten Islam agenda and met Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, sentenced to death on accusation of blasphemy.
The PPP leadership not dared to take stand on his commitment but took U-Turn on blasphemy law repeal issue to prolong their rule in Pakistan.
What a country, Pakistan is? The Chief Minister of Punjab remains absent from funeral services of Chief Executive of his province on threats of Islamic elements who issued decree that Governor Salman Tasser is “Murtid” after commenting on blasphemy law and Muslims should not participate in funeral of Murtid. The head of Pakistan Peoples Party and President of Pakistan Asif Zardari not bothered to attend last rituals of his dedicated party leader. It seems as “Stay in Rule” is only motive of political parties and Pakistani leaders, for which humanity is on sale also.
The Pakistani Christians were surprised on silence of Federal Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti after his appointment from Pakistan Peoples Party PPP. There were always directives from President House in print and electronic media for Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti like “Go to Gojra” “Go to Sialkot to visit family of martyr Danish Robert” “Go to Lahore to help murdered housemaid Shazia” “Go to Karachi to meet raped Christian Student Nurse” which created impression that Federal Minority Ministry is run from President House not by Shahbaz Bhatti. We see a big change in statements of Shahbaz Bhatti now, he is put on helm to face blasphemy law saviors while Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani have openly announced not to amend or revise blasphemy laws.
The Prime Minister and President of Pakistan have disowned private bill submitted in national assembly secretariat by PPP leader Sherry Rehman and she is under constant life threat after murder of Salman Taseer, then what’s game of PPP to encourage Shahbaz Bhatti to issue statements to revise blasphemy laws.
Why PPP government not presented revision in blasphemy laws in draft of 18th Amendment when scraped other laws legislated by military ruler Zia-ul-Haq? Why demand of millions of Pakistani Christians was not considered who have been complaining on misuse of blasphemy laws since 1986?
After murder of Salman Taseer and threats to Sherry Rehman from extremist Muslims, common Christian in Pakistan is so fearful that he is thinking to fled from Pakistan.