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Christian Couple Burnt Alive: Supreme Court Rejects Government Report Criticizes Negligence Of Police

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected Government’s report on lynching of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan.

Brick kiln where Christian couple was burnt alive
Brick kiln where Christian couple was burnt alive

According to details, the Supreme Court on Thursday January 15 has summoned the police officer who was in-charge of the District Kasur when the incident of lynching a Christian couple occurred in November 2014. The Apex Court had taken a suo motu notice of the case. The court rejected the report presented by the Punjab Police while DPO Kasur Jawwad Qamar and ASI Abdul Rasheed have been summoned to be present in the next court hearing on January 29. The court intends to question them about their failure to protect the deceased Christian couple. The hearing of case is adjourned until January 29.

The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasir ul Mulk expressed concern over the evident failure of Punjab police in arresting the cleric who had incited the mob to kill the Christian couple. Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk remarked that at least police could have employed aerial firing in order to scatter the crowd so that the couple could be safe.

In the meantime, the owner of the brick-kiln submitted an application regarding the incident to the Supreme Court. He maintained that he had provided prior information to the local police. He also mentioned that he informed the police about the probable attack on the Christian couple, but the police neglected his information and avoided providing security to the couple. The bench later on directed the police to bring together the phone record regarding the communication of petitioner with police official.

The Christian couple was burnt alive on November 4, 2014 by a mob who charged them of blasphemy allegations. Shazad Masih and Shamma Bibi were workers at the same brick kiln where they were burnt to ashes.