Cheques distributed to Badami Bagh victims

LAHORE: First Muslim British Parliamentarian and President of Safe Communities Pakistan (SCP) Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar Tuesday urged the government to take to task the culprits involved in Joseph Colony incident that damaged Pakistan’s image abroad.

He expressed these views while distributing cash Rs 25,000 for each home among members of affected families of Joseph Colony of Badami Bagh during a ceremony organized by SCP at Al-Hamra Arts Council here.

The ceremony was attended by the Director General Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr.Rizwan Naseer, Bishop of Gulf and Iran Azad Marshal, Chairman Lahore Citizen Community Forum Mian Tahir Javed, Secretary General Peace and Harmony Network of Pakistan Javed William, Chairman Pakistani Chamber of Commerce of UK Razi Khan, Rotary Club President Pervaiz Khalid and members of provincial assembly including Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Mian Naseer Ahmed and others.

Besides condemning the incident, Chaudhary Sarwar said this incident was the challenge for Judiciary of Pakistan, citing that the UK Judiciary had taken speedy action against those involved in London Riots and put them behind the bars within three weeks after grabbing footage from CCTV Cameras.

He asserted that these perpetrators, who have burnt down the houses of Christians, have no religion or belief.     DG Rescue 1122 Dr. Rizwan Naseer expressed his deep grief and sorrow over this unfortunate incident and said that the Rescue 1122 has rescued 1.7 million victims without any discrimination of cast, creed and religion.

Speaking on the occasion, Bishop Azad Marshal said Islam and Christianity share moral values as both religions have firm faith in peace and prosperity. He said those who targeted Mosques or Churches were terrorists.