PML-N lawmaker commends court ruling in Christian couple’s lynching case

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A Pakistani lawmaker has hailed the court ruling in Christian couple’s lynching case. MPA Rana Manan who hails from the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N ) 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.

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MPA Rana Manan had submitted this resolution in the Notice Branch of the Punjab Assembly Secretariat. The resolution moved by PML-N’s lawmaker stated that the House must acclaim the brave verdict of court in the lynching case.

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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. Followed by the heinous killing, the government pledged a compensation of 5 million rupees and 10 acres of land to the children of the Shahzad and Shama.

The incident came about 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. Nevertheless, 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 which brewed a dispute between the two.

In this regard, two weeks ago 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.

Previously, the primary suspect allegedly involved in lynching of a Christian couple alive, over blasphemy charges was set free on bail. Yousaf Gujjar, who was named as the primary suspect in the lynching case was granted bail, despite the fact that Deputy Inspector General of Police Kasur and members of the Joint Investigations Team, scrutinizing the incident formerly stated before the High Court under oath that if it wasn’t for this individual (Yousaf Gujjar and 3 others) “the incident would never have happened.”

Yousaf Gujjar is the owner of the brick kiln where Shahzad and Shamma labored, and the very same kiln were both were thrown alive in raging flames, only to be reduced to ashes. Initially, the police arrested Yousaf Gujjar and three others who were accused to have incited the mob against the Christians couple.

Moreover, the Apex court of Pakistan strongly criticized the negligence of police during the lynching incident and took the police to task by saying that five policemen including an ASI were present on the scene at the brick kiln where the Christian couple were being burnt alive; however, still the mob managed to burn the Christians.