The Lahore High Court (LHC) acquitted two of the five sentenced to death for lynching and burning a Christian couple in Kot Radha Krishan area of Kasur in 2014. The couple was falsely accused of committing blasphemy, were brutally lynched and burned alive in a kiln.
However, a two-judge bench headed by Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan has dismissed the appeals submitted by the remaining three accused and upheld their death sentences. Earlier in November 2016, an Anti-Terrorism Court had sentenced the five accused to death penalty for lynching Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi, a Christian couple implicated in false blasphemy accusations. The five convicts include Muhammad Hanif, Riaz Kamboh, Irfan Shakoor, Mehdi Khan and a cleric named Hafiz Ishtiaq.
The horrifying murder of Shahzad Masih and his wife, Shama Bibi on 4th November 2014, shocked the entire nation and Christian community with its barbaric and inhumane nature. It was a catalyst of fear and religious intolerance that forced many Christian families living in Punjab and Kasur to abandon their lifelong homes and flee the region.
Shahzad and Shama, an illiterate couple, had falsely been accused of blasphemy, the perpetrators and the supporters of the attack accused them of tearing out pages of the Holy Quran and disposing them off in garbage.
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