Joseph Colony: Cheques handed out by Punjab govt bounce

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

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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  • JCD
    Mar 21, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Hum nai badla hai punjab! Hum Badlain gain Pakistan!


  • ali
    Mar 21, 2013 - 6:45PM

    Non-existent governance! Do they have any shame??


  • Imran Ahmed
    Mar 21, 2013 - 6:51PM

    Finance ministry under new Caretaker govt should sort things out and pay compensation promised to the victims at the earliest.


  • Fauzan
    Mar 21, 2013 - 9:44PM

    Utterly disgraceful. Rubbing salt on wounds (not that money is the solution)


  • Jibran
    Mar 21, 2013 - 11:43PM

    The PML-N members treated it as a booty and emptied the account, before the victims could go to the banks.


  • jander
    Mar 22, 2013 - 12:28AM

    entire budget wasted on metro bus and laptops,,this is called investment to attract voter strategy.


  • Faiza (@Faiza_PK)
    Mar 22, 2013 - 2:16AM

    All cheques issued to Josaph colony, were credited by March 13. Its time for some responsible reporting. Otherwise kindly come out, and openly admit that you’re running an election campaign for some opponent party. Thank you!


  • skai
    Mar 22, 2013 - 5:18AM

    Who nicked the money from the bank?


  • Nadeem
    Mar 22, 2013 - 6:14AM

    It is really disappointing tribune team is not working on the reporting guidelines. All the cheques for the Joseph colony has been cleared on 11th march. It seems tribune team is being sponsored for making rumors against PMLN. I request the editors to pay formal apology on this false news.


  • Omer
    Mar 23, 2013 - 4:17PM

    If the cheques distributed did in fact clear then why is PML N so silent on this utterly irresponsible journalism?


  • Khan
    Mar 24, 2013 - 12:31AM

    @Faiza (@Faiza_PK): LOL lameee………


  • Mar 24, 2013 - 11:05PM

    I am glad their government took action to provide for the needs of these victims. Now they need to step it up and prosecute the criminals who did this. Those are the people who should be writing checks.


  • Ijaz Zulfquar Sherry
    Mar 29, 2013 - 8:01PM

    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.


  • Ijaz Zulfquar Sherry
    Mar 29, 2013 - 8:15PM

    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


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