Court Indicts 106 Suspected of Burning Alive Christian Couple in Pakistan

ICC Note:

In November last year, a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan, Pakistan was accused of blasphemy, brutally beaten by a mob of enraged Muslims, and burned alive at the brick kiln where they worked. Today, a court in Pakistan has indicted 106 suspects accused of involvement in the murders, including several imams who provoked the mob by announcing the blasphemy accusation over their mosques’ loudspeakers. Please pray that justice, something that is often elusive for Christians in Pakistan, is truly done in this case. 

5/21/2015 Pakistan (Daily Times) – An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday indicted 106 suspects in the Kot Radha Kishan Christian couple lynching that took place last year.

The court has also summoned witnesses on Friday in the case in order to record their statements against the suspects involved in Shama and Shahzad’s lynching. During the hearing, the indictment of the 106 came after the police submitted a challan (charge-sheet) against the suspects at the ATC in Lahore.

The challan states that Maulvi Muhammad Hussain, Maulvi Arshad Baloch and Maulvi Noorul Hassan were involved in persistent provocative speeches against the couple which led to the assembly of 400 people as a mob who then burnt Shama and Shahzad alive. After the challan was presented at the hearing, the court also held Yousaf Gujjar, the owner of the brick kiln where the couple was beaten to death, responsible.

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