ISLAMABAD - Anti Terrorist Court-II (ATC-II), Rawalpindi, on Saturday acquitted Hafiz Nazar, who was arrested on June 19 by Islamabad Police for his suspected involvement in the assassination of slain Shahbaz Bhatti, former federal minister for minorities affairs. The Islamabad Police produced the suspect in the court of ATC-II judge Pervaiz Shah in Rawalpindi and demanded eights days physical remand for further investigation. The judge asked the police if they had gathered any evidence during previously obtained five-day physical remand. The police could not produce any credible evidence of Hafiz Nazars involvement in the killing of Bhatti. They also could not prove any criminal record of the accused. The court while refusing the request of Islamabad Police ordered acquittal of the accused. When contacted, SHO Industrial Area Sajjad Bokhari, who is Investigation Officer in the case, said the accused was presented into ATC in Rawalpindi adding that the police requested for more eight days physical remand of the accused, which the court did not accept and ordered his release. Police had arrested Hafiz Nazar when a member of provincial assembly from Sargodha Naveed Chaudhry had passed on information about Bhattis murder to the Islamabad Police, he added. He said Hafiz Nazar Muhammad was booked at I-9 Police Station under Section 302/34 of Pakistan Penal Code. He said on Monday the police obtained a five-day physical remand of the accused from an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC). The SHO further said that Nazar had converted Christian from Muslim. He had been pretending of being a pastor and had been working with Bhatti for the last 10 years. He had personal grudges against his minister, he added. It is worth mentioning here that the sitting IGP Islamabad Bani Ameen has told different stories to media on the matter. He in capacity of DIG had informed the then IGP Wajid Ali Durrani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik that killers of Bhatti had been escaped from Pakistan through sea routs. However, no details of efforts on their arrest were shared with the high-ups as yet, which shows that the Islamabad Police was using tactics to linger on the issue so as to hide their professional incompetence. On contact, Dr Paul Bhatti, advisor to primer minister on minority affairs and real brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, said he was not satisfied with the investigation of the Islamabad Police. Despite lapse of five months, there is no progress in the case. It is disappointing for the family. It has also been causing unrest among the minorities in Pakistan, he added. Earlier, on March 2, 2011, three unidentified gunmen had intercepted Bhattis car and had killed him, in Islamabad. The killers, stating themselves from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, had left a pamphlet with a message that they had killed Bhatti, as he raised voice against the blasphemy laws.