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ICC Note: Following the brutal murder of two Christians who were burned to death after local religious leaders incited a mob and claimed that they desecrated the Quran, a Pakistani minister has said that justice will be served. They also promised that the family will receive support from the government for the children who have been orphaned by this attack.

11/06/2014 Pakistan (Daily Times) Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday visited the house of Christian couple who were burnt alive in a village near Kot Radha Kishan and expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the heart-rending incident with the aggrieved family.

Sympathising with the aggrieved family, the chief minister assured that justice would be provided at every cost and justice will seem to be done, adding that the accused will not escape deterrent punishment. Consoling the aggrieved family, he said that this incident of barbarism was highly condemnable.

The chief minister announced financial assistance of Rs50 lakh and ten acres land for three children of the unfortunate Christian couple, adding that the Punjab government will bear the living expenses of three children and provide them free educational and health facilities. Talking to the aggrieved family, he said that he was deeply shocked over this incident of barbarism and has no words to condemn this tragic incident. He assured that he would not rest content till the justice was provided to the aggrieved family. He said that cruelty has been committed with the aggrieved family and perpetrators will have to give account of it.

He said that case against the accused would be sent to the Anti Terrorism Court and justice would be ensured to the aggrieved family at every cost. The chief minister said that protection of every citizen of the province was responsibility of the government and it will discharge it efficiently and complete protection will be provided to the aggrieved family. He appealed to Ulema to provide guidance to their followers and inform them about the real essence of Islam as the foundation of Islam is based on peace and brotherhood. Shahbaz expressed love and affection with the children and assured provision of justice to the aggrieved family.

Provincial Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, Punjab government spokesman Zaeem Hussain Qadri, MPA Rana Sanaullah, Punjab Inspector General of Police, the Lahore commissioner division and other concerned officers were also present on the occasion. Earlier, the chief minister addressing a meeting held to review the tragic incident in Kot Radha Kishan said the incident of burning the husband and the wife in Kasur is heart-rending and Punjab government strongly condemns this incident. He said strict action will be taken against those involved in this incident, adding that those who burnt the couple deserve no leniency.

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