Joseph Colony case: Police failed in protecting citizens, says SC

Published: March 11, 2013
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Demonstrators burn furniture during a protest in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore March 9, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

Demonstrators burn furniture during a protest in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore March 9, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Supreme Court announced its interim verdict in the suo motu case against the burning down of more than 150 Christian homes in Lahore, Express News reported on Monday.

The interim order stated that the police failed to protect the citizens and if their negligence is proved, action will be taken against them.

The incident would have not taken place if the police had made security arrangements, the order maintained adding that the police did not seem interested in the case.

The court summoned a detailed report of the Badami Bagh incident and the Gojra riots, and adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.

During the hearing, the bench asked the Inspector General Police (IG) of Punjab about who was responsible for the incident and what benefits were achieved by targeting the minorities.

The IG stated that a blasphemy case was reported on March 7 and an FIR was filed on March 8. The court asked why Joseph Colony was evacuated if an FIR had been filed and the suspect had been arrested.

The bench also inquired about intelligence received about the incident.

The IG also refuted reports that the houses were burnt down to grab land.

The apex court rejected the report submitted by the IG, maintaining that it did not mention the reasons behind the incident and the action taken against those responsible.

On March 9, a mob of over 3,000 people set ablaze more than 150 houses of Christians in the Joseph Colony over alleged blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by Sawan Masih, a 28-year-old Christian sanitation worker.

The apex court had taken suo motu notice of the incident and had summoned IG Punjab and advocate general Punjab.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Logic europe
    Mar 11, 2013 - 3:18PM

    The great news reader mr chaudhry
    He likes to inquire about everything but never ever done anything
    The only way he can help is by maling sure the courts work fast

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  • HRK
    Mar 11, 2013 - 6:14PM

    @Logic europe: FYI – It’s not the job of SC to implement its decisions; it’s the duty of the government, which has utterly failed to do so. Blame the provincial and national government for those shortcomings and not the apex court.

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  • Logic europe
    Mar 11, 2013 - 7:34PM

    The slowest and most ineficient institution is the court system
    Apart a few political judgement there is nothing to show
    All his judgements implemented apart the ones that are impossible
    He made big issue of swiss letter ! Why not others
    And if no one listens to him rhen why not resign

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  • cautious
    Mar 12, 2013 - 1:32AM

    Once again the SC demonstrates it is the master of the obvious. Maybe they should spend some time correcting the judicial system of Pakistan which is one of the most corrupt/inept judiciaries on the planet.

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