LAHORE–A man named Muhammad Saleem filed an application at Lahore’s Nishtar Colony police station on Monday, saying that one of the two men lynched by an angry mob following the twin church blasts on Sunday was his brother Naeem.
Speaking to Dawn.com, officials at the Nishtar Colony police station confirmed that Muhammad Saleem had approached the police to register a murder case against protesters who brutally killed and then torched his brother’s body.
According to media, Muhammad Saleem said his brother worked as a glass cutter and had nothing to do with yesterday’s church bombings in Lahore.
Following yesterday’s attacks on two churches in Lahore’s Christian locality, Youhanabad, scores of protesters had taken away two suspects held by the police and lynched them.
The identity of both suspects had not been ascertained till late Sunday night.
Punjab Police IG Mushtaq Sukhera had said after the lynching: “The policemen did attempt to resist but the mob was highly charged. It was not impossible to use force at that time because it could turn the situation ugly and perhaps out of control.”
Commenting on the killing, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said “Killing someone on the basis of suspicion is inhumane. No one has the right to take the law into their own hands.”
He said an order to arrest those involved in the lynching had been issued.