An Anti-Terrorism Court on Wednesday handed the death penalty to five men for their involvement in the burning alive of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan in 2014.
The five men identified as Mehdi Khan, Riaz Kambo, Irfan Shakoor, Muhammad Hanif, and Hafiz Ishtiaq a local prayer leader were also fined Rs200,000 for their involvement in the lynching.
Eight others have also been charged with involvement in the lynching and sentenced to two years each in prison.
The eight men were identified as Muhammad Hussain, Noorul Hasan, Muhammad Arsalan, Muhammad Haris, Muhammad Muneer, Muhammad Ramazan, Irfan and Hafiz Shahid.
A challan submitted in court claimed the five men handed the death penalty gathered a large mob of hundreds by making announcements over a mosque loudspeaker and incited them to violence with incendiary speech.
A mob of around 400 people lynched Shahzad and Shama for their alleged role in desecrating the Holy Quran in last November. Both husband and wife were brick kiln workers from Chak-59 of Kot Radha Kishan, a town in Kasur district. The woman, mother of three, was pregnant.
Courtesy : Dawn News