islamabad - Christian community of the federal capital held a protest demonstration in front of National Press Club on Wednesday to condemn the brutal killing of a Christian couple in the suburbs of Lahore.

A married Christian couple was thrashed and burned alive by an angry mob in Kasur on Tuesday for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Holy Quran. The incident took place in Kot Radha Kishan town, about 60 kilometres southwest of Lahore. The victims, identified as Shama and Shehzad, were burned alive in a brick kiln where they used to work.

The participants of the protest vehemently criticised the government failure in protecting the minorities. They condemned the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. They said that such acts are inhuman, un-Islamic and anti-Pakistan and the government should ensure the protection of minorities and must deal the extremists with an iron hand.

Meanwhile, talking to media persons Chairman Interfaith League Sajid Ishaq said that like other Pakistanis Christian were also loyal citizens of Pakistan and they respected all religions including Islam but such atrocious acts against minorities in the name of religion were bringing bad name to the country.

Meanwhile, Dr Nafisa Shah, central coordinator of PPP Human Rights Cell, has strongly condemned the mob violence against a Christian couple that was beaten to death and demanded that culprits must be arrested and given exemplary punishment.

“The misuse of these laws has led to constant insecurity among the minorities and has allowed people to take law into their own hands,” said Nafisa in a statement issued here on Wednesday.

“It has also made it increasingly difficult for the judiciary to do justice as it is under pressure from religious zealots,” said Nafeesa, adding that it was, therefore, necessary that lawmakers and judges joined hands to find a solution to this grave issue.

She further demanded that a judicial commission must be set up to enquire into the misuse of blasphemy laws so that adequate amendments might be made against those who wrongfully accused someone.