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Lahore: Fun-filled Christmas for children of Christian couple burnt alive


Children of Pakistani Christian couple burnt alive spent a fun-filled Christmas thanks to a Pakistani Catholic charity Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation. These children who are being aided and abetted by the foundation are receiving financial, material and emotional assistance.

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Followed by heinous lynching of Christian couple Shahzad and Shama; their children namely Suleiman, Sonia and Poonam had been provided by all-embracing care and patronage by the Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation, which is led by Michelle Chaudhry who has been ardently striving for better future of these children.

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The “Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation” took the responsibility of bearing the expenses of educating these children, including expenses for their school fees, books, stationery, uniforms, extra-curricular activities costs, trips, transport. The foundation has also assigned a fixed fund for their grandfather, who has the responsibility of taking care of them.

Suleiman and Sonia are excelling at school and are keen in learning new things. Their teachers and principal have expressed satisfaction over their performance at school and are hopeful of their successful academic career. This year Poonam will also get enrolled at the school in March.

While remarking in this regard Michelle Chaudhry, stated: “It gives us great pleasure to see these young children who are happy, confident and calm and are doing well at school. We are happy to be part of their lives and we are doing everything we can to give these children a safe environment and healthy life, which they truly deserve.”

The Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation head further told that the three children had fun filled Christmas season. They were presented with gifts and sweets: “The little ones enjoyed themselves and were, as always, fascinated by the Christmas tree.”

In keeping with the case history, a Christian couple Shama and Shahzad were burnt alive in a brick kiln over charges of alleged blasphemy on November 4, 2014. However, it was later established that the couple was not guilty of committing blasphemy.

In an historic ruling, an Anti-Terrorism Court-I (ATC-I) Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Azam had sentenced five people to death over charges of lynching of a Christian couple. Furthermore, eight other culprits were awarded two-year imprisonment, those sentenced to imprisonment included Muhammad Hussain, Noorul Hasan, Muhammad Arsalan, Muhammad Haris, Muhammad Muneer, Muhammad Ramazan, Irfan and Hafiz Shahid.

A Pakistani lawmaker PML-N’s MPA Rana Manan has hailed the court ruling in Christian couple’s lynching case. He submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly calling for an official acclamation of the court’s ruling against the perpetrators of lynching of Shahzad and Shama.