CJ Orders Inquiry Into Two Christian Brothers’ Murder
LAHORE High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Wednesday ordered “judicial inquiry” into murder of two Christian brothers, alleged blasphemers, in police custody on the premises of Faisalabad district courts.
The chief justice ordered judicial inquiry on the request of Punjab government and appointed Faisalabad District and Sessions Judge/Labour Court Sheikh Muhammad Yousaf as inquiry judge.
Earlier, Faisalabad Regional Police Officer Aftab Ahmad Cheema appeared before the CJ in connection with suo motu hearing into the incident and submitted a report.
In his report, the RPO admitted that the unfortunate incident took place due to negligence and inefficiency on the part of police officers, who had already been directed to ensure proper and foolproof security arrangements but the assailants successfully killed the two Christian brothers, involved in a case of blasphemy.
He said two police officers, DSP Ashique Ali and Investigation In Charge Inspector Muhammad Hussain, had been transferred and criminal/departmental action was being initiated against them for not obeying the direction regarding ensuing security for the blasphemy accused.
The RPO told the court that the police had got a clue about the killers and would apprehend them soon.
The chief justice observed that it was highly regrettable that due to negligence of police, people were taking law in their hands and they were not waiting the results of courts where the cases were pending. The suo motu was disposed of accordingly.
The two Christian brothers namely Rashid Emanuel and Sajid Emanuel, accused of writing a blasphemous pamphlet, were shot dead on Monday when they came out of the court of a Faisalabad civil judge-cum-judicial magistrate in police custody.
One unidentified person shot and injured both accused and they were shifted to hospital where they died. Police investigating officer was also injured in the attack.
The incident also led to protest in Faisalabad city, causing damage to public property and injuries to peoples.
Life term for drug dealer: Additional District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Azam on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to a drug dealer.
The court has also imposed fine of Rs50,000 on the convict, Ameer Khan alias Arshad. In case of default, he would further undergo three months imprisonment. According to details, Hanjarwal Police had arrested the convict in 2006 and had recovered 20 kilograms of hashish from his possession.
Meanwhile, an anti-narcotics court awarded 30 months jail term to another drug dealer, Rashid. The court also imposed fine of Rs 200,000 on the convict. The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had arrested Rashid in 2009, seizing 16 kilograms of hashish from him.