Governor Punjab calls on President Zardari

Karachi: Governor Punjab Makhdum Syed Ahmed Mahmud Sunday called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Governor was especially called by the President to inquire about the unfortunate incident where a mob vandalized the houses of Christian community in Lahore yesterday. The Governor apprised him about the details of the incidents.

The President advised the Prime Minister to provide compensation of Rs0.5mn each to the affected families from the federal government. He advised the Governor to personally monitor the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people and also to keep him informed, on regular basis, about the progress into the investigations of the incident.

President Zardari said that protection of the non-Muslim citizens was as much sacred duty of the Government as that of the protection of Muslim citizens. He said that no effort should be spared in safeguarding the rights of non-Muslim communities as equal citizens of the state. He also directed that those involved in the act of vandalism should be brought to justice and the protection and security of the Christian community be ensured.

He appealed to the religious leaders of the country to help the Government in bringing to justice all those elements, who misuse the name of the religion for their vested interests and feel no qualms in attacking the vulnerable sections of society. He said that interfaith harmony was essential for peace and security the country and no one would be allowed to take law into his own hands on any pretext. He also urged the religious leaders to advise the Government how best to prevent the misuse of the blasphemy law.