International Council for Peace and Harmony Pakistan (ICPH) chairman and Badshahi Masjid Lahore chief Khateeb Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad strongly condemned the incident, describing it against the teachings of Islam.
Maulana Azad visited the bereaved family along with an IPCH delegation, also including Christian leaders, and stressed that Islam strictly prohibits the murder of innocent individuals.He said if someone was accused of any blasphemy, they should be convicted and punished by a competent court only.
Those accompanying him included Father James Channan, Father Shahid Mehraj, Fr Akram Gill, Maulana Muhammad Khan Leghari, Mufti Abdul Moeed Asad, Kazim Raza Naqvi, Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Akhtar, Mufti Saifullah Khalid and Hafiz Abdul Qadir.
Maulana Azad praised the Punjab government for constituting an inquiry committee and compensating the bereaved family for their irreparable loss. He demanded early and exemplary punishment for the culprits.
Meanwhile, leaders of the World Council of Religions (WCR) termed the incident one of the saddest and said as Muslims they could say that Allah and His Prophet (PBUH) were with the victims of the brutality.
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