Alleged blasphemy: Mob burns scores of Christian homes in Lahore

Express Tribune: LAHORE: A highly-charged mob of thousands burnt more than 40 Christian houses in Badami Bagh area of Lahore on Saturday to “take revenge of the blasphemy” allegedly committed by a Christian two days earlier.

Express News had earlier reported that around 100 houses were burnt by the mob.

Eyewitnesses said that the mob broke into the houses, looted them and burnt the remaining belongings on the roads.

SSP Operations Suhail Sukhera and the SHO of Badami Bagh were also reportedly injured when the mob pelted a police party with stones.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Express News that he saw no reason for the mob’s violence especially after the person accused of blasphemy had been arrested on Friday. He added that cases have been registered against those responsible for Saturday’s vandalism and that they will be prosecuted.

Sanaullah added that all those whose property had been damaged will be compensated within five days.


One Comment on “Alleged blasphemy: Mob burns scores of Christian homes in Lahore”

  1. Zia H. Shah MD - Twitter: @ZiahShah1
    March 9, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    The Muslim Times strongly condemns this violence in the strongest terms.

    The responsibility of this lies with the Mullahs whose intolerant teachings give rise to such an atmosphere of violence and discrimination against the minorities.

    The Government should crack down on preachers of hatred and those who support them financially and otherwise.

    There should be a sustained media campaign to educate the masses why the blasphemy laws are wrong and un-Islamic. The talk show hosts and participants do not need to be in Pakistan and can enjoy the security of other countries. Just the programs need to aired in Pakistan.

    The Mullahs need to be deprived of their foul tactics. A little common sense should take care of it.

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