One arrested in connection with Bhatti killing

Bhatti, the only non-Muslim minister in the federal government, was shot dead by gunmen in Islamabad on March 2.

Islamabad: Pakistani police have arrested
a man in connection with the assassination of Minority Affairs
Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who was killed for opposing the
controversial blasphemy law, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Hafiz Nazar Muhammad, a resident of Narowal in Punjab
province, was arrested recently, the Islamabad Police
spokesman said.

He had been remanded to police custody for four days
by an anti-terrorism court and an investigation is underway,
the spokesman said.

He had been remanded to police custody for four days
by an anti-terrorism court and an investigation is underway,
the spokesman said.

Reports said a member of the Punjab assembly from
Sargodha had provided information about Bhatti`s murder that
led to the arrest of Muhammad.

Muhammad is believed to have worked with Bhatti for
the past 10 years.

Police sources told TV news channels that Muhammad had
a personal grudge against the slain minister.

Bhatti, the only non-Muslim minister in the federal
government, was shot dead by gunmen in Islamabad on March 2.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed
responsibility for the attack, saying Bhatti was targeted for
opposing the controversial blasphemy law.

PTI

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