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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Pak govt announced Rs100m aid for Christian community of Gojra

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Islamabad, 07 August, ( Pakistani government has announced financial aid to Christian community of Gojra area of Toba Tek Singh town of Punjab who were affected in riots erupted over blasphemy issue.

The Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani during his visit to the area announced Rs100 million aid for the Gojra victims and directed Punjab government to form committee of elected representatives of Gojra for compensation of damages.

Earlier, PM Gilani arrived in Gojra on Thursday to express solidarity with the Christian community, following the tragic incident of rioting that left eight people dead and several properties destroyed.

A meeting presided by Premier Gilani was held in Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) office in which he was briefed about the investigations carried out so far.

Prime Minister while addressing the meeting said creating religious harmony is need of the hour. He directed Punjab government to form a committee of elected representatives of Gojra to provide compensation and remove reservations of Gojra tragedy victims and announced aid of Rs100 million for affecters.

He was accompanied by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Senior Provincial Minister Raja Riaz, Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Senior Advisor of Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa.

Meanwhile Lahore High Court’s Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman visited Gojra, initiating proceedings of a probe into riots over alleged desecration of the Holy Quran.

The judge registered the names of 444 witnesses to the violence which claimed seven lives.

The inquiry proceedings will be held in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Irfan Saeed on day-to-day basis.

The public at large and all concerned have already been directed to assist the tribunal by providing necessary information, verbally or in writing, and place relevant material before it to facilitate the probe.

It is to be mentioned here that seven Christians were killed in riots erupted over desecration of Holy Quran allegedly by some Christians in Gojra area of Punjab.

- Asian Tribune -

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