ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has sought clarification from government institutions over Kot Radha Kishen incident.
According to media report, the Apex court also issued directions to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Interfaith Harmony and Establishment Division to present their explanations for not fulfilling the order of minority’s protection. Supreme Court questioned the government about its failure to implement SC’s order to protect the minorities in the country. A copy of SC’s decision has been sent to respective departments with proposals of various steps for the security of minorities.
Prior to this, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif set up a 3-member committee to probe the incident of Kot Radha Kishan. A Pakistani Christian couple Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi were labourers and residents of Chak 59 village near Kot Radha Kishan were set on fire by an angry mob over accusations of blasphemy. Police registered FIR against 400 unknown people while police has been searching for more suspected men.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court had ruled previously that the government must take steps to protect the country’s Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and other religious minorities. The then Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani acknowledged the persecution that non-Muslims in Pakistan face persecution and discrimination while he placed the blame directly on the leaders.