LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid a visit on Sunday to the house of Hafiz Muhammad Naeem, who was lynched by an enraged mob soon after the attacks on churches in Youhanabad.

Condoling with the bereaved family at their house in Kasur, the chief minister expressed his sympathies with the parents and the family of Hafiz Muhammad Naeem and also prayed for the departed soul.

Talking to the family, Shahbaz Sharif condemne Naeem’s death and said that such brutal acts of setting people ablaze deserved no leniency. “Justice will be provided at any cost,” he assured.

Shahbaz further said that the Naeem’s case will be sent to Anti-Terrorist Court and Punjab government would itself pursue the case. As many as 30 persons nominated in the case have been arrested and the accused would be dealt with an iron hand, he added.

Shahbaz Sharif said that he would personally ensure justice to the affected family and the culprits would be awarded maximum punishment.

He appreciated the family of Hafiz Naeem for not taking the law in their own hand and said that they have proved to be true Pakistanis by displaying patience and restraint.

Shahbaz Sharif also gave a cheque for Rs0.5 million as financial assistance to the heirs of the deceased. Naeem’s parents thanked the chief minister for coming to their house and sharing their grief as well as assuring them of justice.

MPA Zaeem Hussain Qadri and Punjab IGP Mushtaq Sukhera also accompanied the chief minister on his visit to Kasur.