LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has vowed to provide justice to the Christian family whose couple was burnt alive on Tuesday.

The chief minister Thursday went to the home of the victim Christian couple in a village near Kot Radha Kishan, Kasur and expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the heartrending incident with the aggrieved family.

The chief minister assured the aggrieved family of justice. He said that the accused would not escape deterrent punishment. Consoling the aggrieved family, Shahbaz Sharif said that this incident of barbarism was highly condemnable. He announced financial assistance of Rs 5 million and 10 acre land for three children of the couple. He said that the Punjab government would bear the living expenses of three children and provide them educational and health facilities free of cost.

Shahbaz Sharif assured that he would not rest content till the provision of justice 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 the case against the accused will be sent to anti-terrorist court and justice will be ensured to the aggrieved family at every cost.

The chief minister said that Islam does not allow burning of human beings alive. He said that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has given the lesson of tolerance, patience and peace to Ummah and the entire life of Holy Prophet is a beacon of light for us.

The chief minister said that protection of every citizen of the province is the responsibility of the government and it will discharge it efficiently and complete protection will also 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. He expressed love and affection with the children and assured provision of justice to the aggrieved family.  

Meanwhile, PML-N Sindh Vice President Saleem Zia called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, on Thursday. During the meeting, political situation and matter of mutual interest were discussed.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that irreparable loss had been caused to the country due to sit-ins. He said that loss caused to the country would be made up by hard work and passion. He said that the PML-N government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is determined to steer the country out of crises.