LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that the government machinery was working day and night for Joseph Colony rehabilitation.

The CM said that so far the construction work of 80 houses had been completed, while renovation of two affected churches was also been accomplished. He said that the Punjab government had efficiently discharged its responsibilities in Badami Bagh tragedy, which was being investigated and would be made public. He that said the culprits involved in Badami Bagh tragedy would be given deterrent punishment, so that no one in future could dare commit such a reprehensible act in future.

While presiding over a meeting to review pace of rehabilitation work at Badami Bagh he said that the constitution of Pakistan provides complete protection to minorities, who had equal rights in the country. He said that it was the responsibility of the state of Pakistan to ensure protection of life, property and rights of minorities as equal citizens. He said that the Christian community had played a vital role in construction and progress of Pakistan since its establishment, while Christian education institutions were playing an effective role in promotion of education. He said Punjab government had responsibly ensured rehabilitation work of the affectees of Badami Bagh tragedy, while compensation of five lakh rupees per family had been paid along with construction of houses. He said that the process of arresting the culprits involved in the tragedy was in process. He said that many accused nominated in the FIR had already been arrested, while the remaining culprits would also be apprehended soon.

He said that the construction work of houses is continuing expeditiously and would be completed within next few days. He directed CCPO Lahore to investigate the Badami Bagh tragedy from every aspect and bring the facts before the public.