LAHORE - The human rights defenders on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of Lahore Press Club against killing of a Christian couple after they were accused of blasphemy in district Kasur.

The rights activists who gathered under the auspices of Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE), Civil Society Network and All Pakistan Minorities Alliance expressed anger and grief over the incident and chanted slogans against the brutal killing of the couple in the name of religion. They demanded that all the culprits involved in this inhumane act should be apprehend and brought to justice.

On November 4 Shama Bibi and her husband Shahzad Masih were killed and burnt by a infuriated mob on the allegations of blasphemy at Chak No 59, Kot Radha Kisshan district Kasur where the owner of the kiln and his accomplices reportedly cooked different allegations including of blasphemy against them over non-payment of advance money and incited the villagers to kill both of them and burnt their bodies. Shama Bibi and Shahzad were parents of 3 children.  

Addressing the protesters President of Civil Society Network Abdullah Malik said that this barbaric incident had raised a sense of insecurity among the religious minorities of the country who have continuously been persecuted using blasphemy law.  Malik demanded that the superior judiciary should take suo-moto notice of this inhumane incident and make sure that the perpetrators are punished according to the law.  

Samson Salamat, Director Centre for Human Rights Education- Pakistan, said that: “This is yet another painful story where the human life has been badly degraded in the name of religion.”

Strongly condemning the brutal killing, Chairman, All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, Dr Paul Bhatti demanded judicial inquiry into the incident and immediate arrest of the accused.