ISLAMABAD: Mainstream political parties said to represent the right-wing vote in the country opted to either stay aloof, or extremely guarded, in their reaction to the murder of minister for minoritiesâ€™ affairs Shahbaz Bhatti.
Not only the religiously-inclined, but some mainstream political parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid did not issue even a cosmetic statement to condemn the murder.
The Express Tribune contacted the parties individually to extract a reaction but had to wait till late night for one.
Ordinarily, the proactive media wings of these parties flood the journalistsâ€™ email accounts with their statements on all and sundry. Partiesâ€™ media offices also routinely pester reporters, requesting them to accommodate the statements of their leaders in their papers.
Interestingly, nothing of this sort happened on Wednesday after Bhattiâ€™s cold blooded murder apparently for opposing the controversial blasphemy laws.
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