HRCP denounces attack on Christian homes

KARACHI: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan HRCP on Saturday expressed concern at an attack on over 100 homes belonging to Christian community in Badami Bagh, Lahore.

“The shocking incident occurred after a Christian young man was accused of blasphemy. It is regrettable that Punjab administration has not learnt any lesson from previous incidents such as those in Gojra and Shantinagar, and has totally failed in providing protection to a minority community under siege,” HRCP said in a statement.

Instead of investigating the case, the police arrested Christians while those who went on a rampage and can easily be identified from television footage have gone scot free, it said.

The attack is yet another shameful incident against a vulnerable community and further confirmation of the slide toward extremism in society on the one hand and, on the other hand, the apathy and inaction that has become norm among the police. Handing out compensation cheques is not a solution, so strong action against those responsible must be ensured, it said.

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