ISLAMABAD: The government will never allow any person to take the law into his own hands and attempt to harass or intimidate any community or vandalise property on charges that are yet to be proved by the concerned authorities, Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s Media Adviser Farahnaz Ispahani said on Friday.
Farahnaz, also a member the Human Rights Committee of the National Assembly, was reacting to the torching of Christians’ houses by a mob which accused a Christian boy of committing blasphemy in Korian village of Toba Tek Singh. “If there is any such allegation involving an act of blasphemy, it is the responsibility of the government to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrator to justice, not for individuals to take the law into their own hands,” she said.
She said President Zardari had taken serious notice of the incident and had directed the provincial government to submit a report on the incident. She said, “Islam teaches us tolerance and binds its followers to protect minorities.” The MNA said on receiving reports from the members of the Christian community led by Napoleon Qayyum, senior vice president of Pakistan People’s Party from PP-159 constituency, she immediately called up the district police officer to ensure the safety of life and property of the villagers. She assured the Christian community that the federal government, in coordination with the provincial government, would ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.