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Time to bring assassins to justice
It is time for Pakistan authorities to bring perpetrators of violence to justice, argues Mustafa Qadri in The Guardian.
- March 4, 2011
The federal government was quick to respond to the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti with much stronger criticism of extremism than that which followed Salmaan Taseerâ€™s murder on January 4. President Asif Zardari condemned the â€śheinous actâ€ť and vowed that the government would continue to â€śstand firmâ€ť against extremists. But the Pakistan government has been on the back foot for the past few months: it has largely retreated from any talk of addressing the widely recognised problems with the blasphemy laws; it has failed to â€śstand firmâ€ť against violence from radical groups, and it has, by and large, failed to protect and promote the rule of law.
Sadly, Pakistanâ€™s most powerful institution, the army, remains silent on this issue as it did following Taseerâ€™s assassination, even though it has issued statements on other matters of national interest in the past. The countryâ€™s largest opposition political party, the Pakistan Muslim League, has also stayed quiet.
- Mustafa Qadri
Shahbaz Bhatti: a victim of mob rule (The Guardian)