No mercy for per­pe­tra­tors of La­hore in­ci­dent, Pres­i­dent tells Gov­er­nor

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Gov­er­nor Pun­jab Makhdum Syed Ahmed Mah­mud Sun­day called on Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari at Bi­lawal House. Spokesper­son to the Pres­i­dent Se­na­tor Farhat­ul­lah Babar said that Gov­er­nor Pun­jab was es­pe­cially called by the Pres­i­dent to in­quire about the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent where a mob van­dal­ized the houses of Chris­tian Com­mu­nity in La­hore yes­ter­day.

He said that the Gov­er­nor ap­prised the Pres­i­dent about the de­tails of the in­ci­dents. Spokesper­son said that dur­ing meet­ing, the Pres­i­dent ad­vised the Prime Min­is­ter to pro­vide com­pen­sa­tion of Rs. 5 lakh each to the af­fected fam­i­lies from the Fed­eral Government.

He ad­vised the Gov­er­nor to per­son­ally mon­i­tor the re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the af­fected peo­ple and also to keep him in­formed, on reg­u­lar ba­sis, about the progress into the in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the in­ci­dent. The Pres­i­dent said that pro­tec­tion of the non-Mus­lim ci­ti­zens was as much sa­cred duty of the Government as that of the pro­tec­tion of Mus­lim ci­ti­zens. He said that no ef­fort should be spared in safe­guard­ing the rights of nonMus­lim com­mu­ni­ties as equal ci­ti­zens of the state.

The Pres­i­dent also di­rected that those in­volved in the act of van­dal­ism should be brought to jus­tice and the pro­tec­tion and se­cu­rity of the Chris­tian com­mu­nity be en­sured.

Spokesper­son said that the Pres­i­dent also ap­pealed to the re­li­gious lead­ers of the coun­try to help the Government in bring­ing to jus­tice all those el­e­ments who mis­use the name of the re­li­gion for their vested in­ter­ests and feel no qualms in at­tack­ing the vul­ner­a­ble sec­tions of so­ci­ety. The Pres­i­dent said that in­ter-faith har­mony was es­sen­tial for peace and se­cu­rity the coun­try and no one would be al­lowed to take law into his own hands on any pre­text.

The Pres­i­dent also urged the re­li­gious lead­ers to ad­vise the Government how best to pre­vent the mis­use of the Blasphemy law, the Spokesper­son added.

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