Joseph Colony Payout: Punjab govt cheques bounce

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

News Desk March 22, 2013

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

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

According to reports, the finance ministry had issued the amount promised. The victims staged a protest after the the cheques bounced.

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

Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2013.

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