LAHORE: Bail of 36 militants involved in anti-Christian riots challenged by LEAD Director.
As Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz returns to power, the fate of several assumed militants is to be determined whether to be release on bail or their bail reversed.
Attorney Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Chief of LEAD said he had filed a petition in the Lahore High Court to terminate the bail of 36 militants who were supposedly involved in anti-Christian violence in the provincial capital Lahore, in the course of wider concerns about rising extremism in the province.
Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) previously asked for five key suspects to be locked up again, subsequent to local Christians complaining that they were threatened by these and other men.
Gulshad Khan, Khursheed Khan, Aitbar Gul, Jaffar Khan and Muhammad Shabir were among 83 suspects who were granted bail on May 14, regardless of potential evidence that they were involved in torching 200 Christian-owned homes, shops and two churches in Lahore’s Joseph Colony, in Badami Bagh area of Lahore, LEAD Chief stated.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill said “it was a good question as to why the court had granted bail” to the suspected Muslim militants, “while the 26-year-old Christian Masih remains in jail.”
As the news of LEAD challenging the bail of these extremist and suspects broke in, the commitment of PML-n with the minorities was put to question among the Christian leaders as to whether Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be able to embark upon attacks against Christians in Pakistan expressly in Punjab along with other religious minorities amid growing religious intolerance in the country. Apart fro internal challenges, the international community is also pressurising Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to abolish controversial blasphemy legislation under which Sawan Masih and other Christians have been jailed aside of several accused of blasphemy from other religious minorities in Pakistan.