LAHORE: The Lahore excessive court docket (LHC) on Thursday acquitted two accused but upheld the demise penalty of 3 others within the 2014 case of lynching and burning alive of a Christian couple for alleged blasphemy near Kot Radha Kishan, a tehsil of Kasur district.

Shahzad Masih and his spouse Shama, who was then pregnant along with her fourth toddler, had been bonded labourers at a brick kiln of Yousaf Gujjar.

A mob of over seven-hundred human beings allegedly led by the kiln proprietor brutally killed the couple at the price of blasphemy.

. The prosecution stated a prayer leader had provoked the villagers towards the couple. The mob burnt the couple alive within the kiln.

Following research quickly after the incident in November 2014, police registered a case in opposition to 660 villagers. In 2015, an anti-terrorism court indicted 106 suspects and then in 2016 the ATC presented dying penalty on 4 counts to 5 guys — Hafiz Ishtiaq, the prayer chief; Mehdi Khan, Riaz Kamboh, Muhammad Hanif and Irfan Shakoor.

The court had additionally provided -12 months imprisonment every to eight different suspects including Muhammad Hussain, Muham­mad Arsalan, Muhammad Haris, Noorul Hassan, Muhammad Munir, Muhammad Ramzan and Hafiz Shahid.

however, the courtroom acquitted 93 suspects including kiln proprietor Yousaf Gujjar as fees had been not hooked up against them.

The five convicts filed appeals within the high courtroom hard their demise penalties.

A -judge bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan, however, allowed appeals of two — Hafiz Ishtiaq and Muhammad Hanif — but rejected the appeals of 3 others, upholding their demise penalty. An in depth judgement inside the clean case is awaited.

Lynching case

Quoting witnesses, police stated bulletins had been crafted from mosques on Nov four, 2014, asking villagers to acquire on the Yousaf brick kiln wherein 25-yr-old Shama and her husband Shahzad Masih had allegedly desecrated some pages of the holy Quran.

Over seven hundred charged people from 3 villages took out the couple from a room, wherein they'd taken safe haven, after tearing apart its roof and tortured them earlier than throwing them into the kiln’s furnace. The mob held 5 policemen hostage who tried to rescue the couple and the villagers also manhandled media personnel looking to cowl the incident and snatched their cameras.

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