Christians` murder: Zardari directs to take action
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari today directed authorities to take action on the murder of two Christians accused of blasphemy and the demolition of a temple in Rawalpindi.
Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali
Zardari today directed authorities to take action on the
murder of two Christians accused of blasphemy and the
demolition of a temple in Rawalpindi.
Taking note of reports about the gunning down of two
Christians outside a court at Faisalabad in Punjab yesterday,
Zardari directed provincial authorities to take "every measure
for the arrest" of the killers.
He gave an assurance that justice would be done.
Rashid Emanuel and his brother Sajid were arrested
earlier this month for allegedly authoring a blasphemous
pamphlet on Prophet Mohammed.
Police said members of a banned religious group were
believed to be involved in their killing.
In a statement, Zardari strongly condemned the
incident and said it had brought a bad name to Pakistan.
"The life of every person is sacred and no one can be
allowed to take the law into their hands," he said.
The President expressed sympathy with the families of
Rashid and Sajjad Emanuel and directed the Punjab government
to pay them suitable compensation.
Zardari also took note of reports about the demolition
of part of a Hindu temple in Rawalpindi and asked Minorities
Minister Shahbaz Bhatti to investigate the matter and report
the factual position.
In a separate development, Lahore High Court Chief
Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif took suo moto notice of the
murder of the Christian brothers and summoned the regional
police chief of Faisalabad to appear before him tomorrow with
the complete record of the case.