Pakistan: Protest against brutal killing of Christian couple

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(The London Post – PR) Human Rights Defenders protest against the brutal killing of Christian husband and wife and demand to stop the persecution of religious minorities

The human rights defenders under the auspices Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) and Civil Society Network got together in front of Lahore Press Club to protest the brutal killing of the Christian husband & wife after they were accused of blasphemy in district Kasur.  The human rights defenders in today’s protest expressed anger and grief over the incident and chanted slogans against the brutal killing of the couple in the name of religions. They demanded that all the culprits involved in this inhumane act should be apprehend and brought to justice.

Samson Salamat, Director Centre for Human Rights Education- Pakistan said that “this is yet another painful story where the human life has been badly degraded in the name of religion”.

Samson Salamat further added that we have been continuously highlighting the fact that the misuse of blasphemy law has been evident in dozens of cases, however our successive governments, political leadership and the state institutions have not been able to formulate any policy or strategy to control the damage and save the lives of the people especially of the persons belonging to religious minorities. The incident happened in district Kasur is another wake-up call for the whole nation, especially for all those responsible for the safety and security of the citizens that they should take this situation very serious and control all those elements who are using different laws to spread religious and sectarian intolerance in the society and persecute the minorities.  This is very unfortunate the trends of mob justice are increasing in our society which is breech if the Pakistan’s law and justice system, therefore this needs to be controlled immediately to save the society from anarchy and chaos, Mr. Samson further added.

Samson demanded that all the culprits should be arrested immediately and the blasphemy laws should be repealed to stop the persecution of minorities and other marginalized groups.

On November 4, 2014 Shama Bibi and her husband Shahzad Masih were killed and burnt by a infuriated mob on the allegations of blasphemy at Chak no. 59, Kote Radha Kisshan distrct Kasur where the owner of the Kiln and his accomplices reportedly cooked different allegations including of blasphemy  against them over non-payment of advance money and gathered the villagers killed both of them and burnt their bodies. Shama Bibi and Shahzad were parents of 3 children

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