Shahbaz Bhatti murder: Bail granted to main accused Umer Abdullah

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The Islamabad’s anti-terrorism court (ATC) has granted bail to Umer Abdullah, the main accused in the murder case of former federal minister for minority rights, Dunya News reported on Friday.

The decision was earlier reserved by an ATC judge Atiqur Rehman. The court also ordered to submit a surety bond for Rs 0.1million. Abdullah had confessed to the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti before
Islamabad police. He was injured when he was arrested by the police and the intel agencies from a private hospital. Umer Abdullah was arrested on the accusation of links with Al-Qaeda.
The accused was already on bail in reference to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Prosecutor, Chaudary Zulfiqar’s murder trial.

Shahbaz Bhatti who had been an activist for the minority rights and quite an outspoken critic of the Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan was killed by assassins on 2 March 2011, later identified as members of Al-Qaeda. He was the only Christian in Pakistan’s cabinet.