HRCP airs outrage, grief over minister’s murder
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Wednesday expressed its outrage and grief at the murder of Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti.
The HRCP through a press statement said, “The assassins of Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti may perhaps belong to different groups but they represent the militant hardliners who are out to obliterate the rights of the non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan and eliminate the human rights defenders who raise their voice against persecution on any ground. “While Shahbaz Bhatti had been active as a human rights defender before he joined the federal cabinet, as a minister he had confined himself to performing his official duties,” the commission added.
The HRCP said, “The ministerÂ’s murder says much about the state of security for the ordinary Pakistanis who do not share the religious faith of the majority. The HRCP deeply condoles minister’s death and shares the grief of his family.”
The HRCP has demanded that those responsible for the killing must be brought to justice and that the government must do all it can do to ensure that the murders do not join a long list of similar killings where impunity for the killers and perpetrators has been the norm.
Source: The News