Joseph Colony: Cheques handed out by Punjab govt bounce

Shahbaz Sharif had announced Rs0.5 million in compensation for those affected in the mob attack.


Web Desk March 21, 2013
Punjab government had distributed 265 cheques to the victims of the attack.

LAHORE: The cheques distributed among victims of the Joseph Colony attack by the Punjab government bounced, Express News reported Thursday.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had announced Rs0.5 million in compensation for each of those affected in the mob attack. However, the 265 cheques distributed by the government have bounced.

According to reports, the finance ministry had issued the amount promised. When the cheques bounced, the victims started protesting.

On March 9, an over 3,000-strong mob had 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.

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COMMENTS (14)

Ijaz Zulfquar Sherry | 8 years ago | Reply

Looting and burning the houses first and then trying to cover the crime by another shameful act of giving aid will not heal the wounds of the Christians. We are going through a very ironic pain. Every now and then, our leaders are killed, our houses are attacked and burnt. Our girls are abducted and forced to conversion. The black legislation of 295-C is used to settle personal scores and confiscate our lands and property. We have always made Pakistan strong and prosperous by serving in health, education, military, civil services and politics; but Pakistan has given us nothing but smoldering ruins of Churces and homes and bleeding bodies of our sons and brothers. Pakistan should know that Christian youth is getting reswtless ad we are near to breaking of nerves point. There has already started talks of arranging our own security as the government has failed completely to protect us. In Punjab especially, Pro Taliban government of PML(N) should stop supporting, financing and using the Islamic Militants for its own mean motives. All the political forces of Pakistan should stand together and resolute to curb religious violence and militancy. Unfortunately no political party has announced anything on how it is going to provide protection to Christians and other minority communities

Ijaz Zulfquar Sherry | 8 years ago | Reply

Looting and burning first and then trying to cover the crime by distributing cheques will be no solution to the pain and agony, the Christians of Pakistan are going through. The pro Taliban Punjab Government of PML(N) should stop supporting, financing and using the Islamic militants for its own mean motives.

Blasphemy law is a curse for religious minorities. All political forces should be resolute to repeal it.

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