Right-wing stays mum over minister's murder

The Express Tribune
Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti (Photo: AFP)

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 minorities’ 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 journalists’ email accounts with their statements on all and sundry. Parties’ 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 Bhatti’s cold blooded  murder apparently for opposing the controversial blasphemy laws.


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