Annul bail for extremists who burned Christian colony: Lawyers

The lawyers of the NGO LEAD have called for the annulment of bail to the offenders citing that the case is registered as 'arson' and falls under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Pakistan
Jun 19 2014, 2:40 PM
Annul bail for extremists who burned Christian colony: Lawyers

Annul the bail granted by the High Court to extremists who burned and devastated the Christian area Joseph Colony in Lahore in March 2013: a group of lawyers has made an application to the Lahore High Court.

The lawyers of the NGO LEAD, representing the Christians who suffered injuries during the violence, have called for the annulment of bail to the offenders citing that the case is registered as 'arson' and falls under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

“Very few extremists who participated in the stake have been arrested; many of them have already obtained bail. On the other hand, the Christian Sawan Masih, accused of blasphemy has been sentenced to death unjustly,” the lawyers pointed out.

The blasphemy allegation against Masih had sparked the violence meted out by Islamic radicals on Joseph colony burning two churches and Christian homes.

"These are not good signs for the Pakistani society. Pakistan is not only faced with a series of attacks against minorities, it is facing the challenge of a general destabilization of the country. It is urgent that the government is committed to eradicating terrorism. Pakistani Christians want to live in a state that is not fundamentalist, and where religious minorities are safe," said lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill of LEAD.

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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