LAHORE: Christian couple lynching case handed over to Farrukh Saif Foundation by family of Shahzad and Shama and Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a Christian human rights defender,who heads LEAD an organization, was striving for justice for the legal heirs of Christian couple who was burned alive after a false allegation of blasphemy.The lawyers of FSF will submit their power of attorney on next date of hearing July 12 and will pursue the case.The decision was made final after taking consent of the victims.
Mr.Gill at high risk,he was forced into hiding after getting life threats and physical attacks.He has also earlier expressed serious concern for his and his family safety after threats were issued by both militants and extremists groups and the individual criminals; despite seeking protection from the authorities his call for security has been ignored.
Recently,legal heirs of Shahzad and Shama , a Christian couple burned alive for alleged desecrating of Quranic pages , for seeking protection and security have also filled application in the Anti-Terrorism Court II Lahore after getting direct life threats.The FSF will take responsibility for the arrangements of the eye-witnesses permanent security and protection including their relocation.
"The total number of nominated accused persons were 138 of which 106 ere arrested and latter three accused were got released on bail and some of whom the accused are still at large particularly from them the legal heirs eye witnesses are under constant life threats," said Sardar Mushtaq Gill who heads LEAD an organization provided free legal assistance in this case.
Legal heirs eye witnesses abominate to reveal themselves to the high risk of giving incriminating material testimonies as either they or their families are deadly attacked, many times on the premises of the court as has been seen in previous religious mob violence cases the prosecution witnesses are often threatened by the groups standing trial or the powerful extremist religious groups that support them and the risk become double in the cases where some accused have been declared as absconders as happened in Shahzad and Shama murder case.
On 4 November,2014 between 6:30 am to 8:00 am ,the Christian couple was burned alive in furnace of brick Kiln and the same day early in the morning,the announcement was made from the loud speakers of the Mosques of the nearby villages and in hundreds a charged mob of Muslims attacked at the room where the couple was made hostage and from ceiling of the room some men entered and dragged out the couple and started beating them with clubs and fractured their legs and then the mob dragged the couple towards the kiln's furnace and burnt them alive.