HRCP regrets Punjab administration's failure to protect minority community

Published: March 9, 2013
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“Instead of investigating the case, the police arrested Christians while those who went on a rampage and can easily be identified from television footage have gone scot free,”says HRCP chairperson.

“Instead of investigating the case, the police arrested Christians while those who went on a rampage and can easily be identified from television footage have gone scot free,”says HRCP chairperson.

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed grief and anger at the unchecked attack on over 100 homes belonging to the Christian community in Badami Bagh in Lahore on Saturday.

In a statement from the HRCP chairperson Zohra Yusuf, she said it was regrettable that the Punjab administration had not learnt any lessons from previous incidents such as those in Gojra and Shantinagar and had totally failed in providing protection to a minority community under siege.

“Instead of investigating the case, the police arrested Christians while those who went on a rampage and can easily be identified from television footage have gone scot free.”

The release quoted Yusuf as saying that the attack is yet another shameful incident against a vulnerable community and further confirmation of the slide toward extremism in society on the one hand and, on the other hand, the apathy and inaction that has become the norm among the police.

“Handing out compensation cheques is not a solution; strong action against those responsible must be ensured.”

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Reader Comments (5)

  • jamin
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:25PM

    how many more non muslims properties will wicked damage before pakistan government will stop ths rubbish blasphemy law will be abolished?how christian will be put to jail before this useless blasphemy law get stoped?how non muslim more will be on run over nothing before ths stupied law know that it has got enough?no rich man child has commit blasphemy law in pakistan?when will this pure wickedness stop,when will imran khan talk, and fight for christians,Recommend

  • Dr.A.K Tewari
    Mar 10, 2013 - 5:43PM

    ”compensation cheques is
    not a solution; strong
    action against those
    responsible must be
    ensured.”

    Not only to protect minorities but Pakistan as well .

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  • Salman Ahmed
    Mar 11, 2013 - 3:35AM

    This is sick stuff. No one should have to go through this.

    Sharif has been busy trying to build metro bus service to get his 15 minutes of fame while the problems in our province have reached boiling point.

    Very sad.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2013 - 11:56AM

    It would be doubtless to say that the persons committed this illegal act are not well wishers of the country.they are enemies of the country’s stability and integrity.
    I would like to describe this incident in which more than 150 houses of the innocent people belong to christian community were set ablaz would bring Pakistan ‘s bad name to the whole world.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2013 - 3:02PM

    heart beating incident in Lahore just after the bomb explosion in Quetta and karachi in Abbas twon is matter of great concern needs comprehensive strategy to deal with alarming situation expected in the coming days but on the contrary the quarters concerened responsible for peace in the province looks has been arrested by flagrant failure.

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