Police arrest 44 suspects, file cases against 468 others for murder of Christian couple

LAHORE: As the murder of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy sent shock waves across the country, police arrested 44 suspects in relation to the incident and filed cases against 468 others Wednesday.
An enraged mob on November 4 beat the couple to death and then burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked, for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran.
The incident took place in the town of Kot Radha Kishan, some 60 kilometres from Lahore, and is the latest example of mob violence against minorities accused of blasphemy. The victims were only identified by their first names, Shama and Shehzad, and were a married couple.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had also constituted a three-member committee to fast track the investigation of the killings and ordered police to beef up security at Christian neighbourhoods in the province.
PPP condemns
Strongly condemning violence against the Christian couple, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) demanded that the culprits be arrested and given exemplary punishment.
PPP’s Human Rights Cell central coordinator Dr Nafisa Shah called for a judicial inquiry into the misuse of blasphemy laws so that adequate amendments can be made against those who wrongfully accuse others.
Shah further said the misuse of these laws has led to constant insecurity among the minorities and has allowed people to take law into their own hands. “It has also made it increasingly difficult for the judiciary to do justice as it is under pressure from religious zealots,” she added.