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Perpetrators of the Christian couple’ lynching will most likely go unpunished says a Pakistani Christian lawyer


It will never be easy to get justice for the bereaved family of the Christian couple Shahzad and Shamma; who were burnt alive in a brick kiln. A Pakistani Christian solicitor, Advocate Sradar Mustaq Gill has expressed despair over the fact that the prime suspect of the case has been released on bail by a court, and the chances for the perpetrators being punished are bleak.

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Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, told that he was following the case, and has very little hope that the court will be able to pronounce due punishment to the perpetrators. Sardar Mushtaq Gill, is representing the complainant, brother of Shahzad in this case. He said that after the prime suspect of the lynching, Yousuf Gujjar was granted bail, the trial is getting grim. He told that the prosecution witnesses were questioned, and the lynching was confirmed.

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“The judicial confrontation is very hard. Those arrested have also launched threats to witnesses, to intimidate them, even in the courtroom”, he said. “Some have repented: during interrogations, I personally felt the pain, the witnesses shed tears,” he noted.

On the other side, 24 lawyers are advocating for the nominated perpetrators of the lynching of the Christian couple. These lawyers are working in collaboration with some others, while on the contrary the complainants have the services of only three lawyers.

Soon after the incident, about 106 men were arrested in this case; later on three were released on bail. “The judicial process will be long and difficult, we hope that the judiciary recognizes the horrible crime and does justice”, concluded Sardar Mushtaq Gill.

The Christian couple Shahzad and Shama were brutally burnt alive by a furious mob at a brick kiln. The incident took place in Kot Radha Kishan, where the Christian family was employed as laborers at a local brick kiln which eventually became their death spot. Blasphemy accusations were brought against the Christian couple. However, it has been claimed that Shahzad had borrowed some amount from the owner of the brick kiln as a loan but could not return on promised time and so a dispute aroused between the two.