Member of Punjab Assembly, Marry Gill has stated that the provincial government has agreed to set up a minorities’ protection cell. She also appreciated the role police played in restoring peace during the recent incidents of Mandi Bahauddin and Gujrat. Both the incidents involved situations where Christians were threatened of violence.
The police have played a crucial role in restoring law and order in the two incidents at Mandi Bahauddin and Gujrat. It is very encouraging, she said while adding that,” At least in this instance, the suspect did not have to flee.” Christian lawmaker Ms. Gill, went on to disclose that followed by the aggression against the Christians in Gujrat’ Christian Town area, she spoke to Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif about the matter. She said that on May 19, the issue was taken up at a cabinet meeting.
“The matter was discussed in a high powered cabinet meeting on May 19. The meeting was attended by Home Secretary Col(r) Azam Suleman Khan, Punjab Inspector General Mushtaq Sukhera, district police officers and district coordination officers of Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin, officers of law and order agencies, and two ministers.”
Further revealing about the meeting, she explained, “I suggested establishing a minorities protection cell, which could be quickly alerted about such incidents, and law enforcement agencies could be mobilized to deal with the situation,” Mary Gill said.“I am happy that the cabinet meeting agreed to set up such a cell,” she noted. In the face of rising incidents of anti-minorities extremism the cell would function to muster the police and thus violent incidents could be warded off this way.