Pakistan Observer

Islam teaches tolerance, respect to other religions: Shahbaz

Salim Ahmed

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - Lahore—Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said the burning of houses of Christians was a worst example of barbarism and elements involved in it would be awarded exemplary punishment.

Presiding over a meeting at the Chief Minister’s House to review the situation after the Badami Bagh tragedy, the CM said the torching of Christian houses was, in no way, a service to Pakistan or Islam. He said Islam teaches tolerance and respect to other religions.

He said maltreating the Christian families and the burning of their houses were unjustified after the arrest of the blasphemy suspect.

The CM also reviewed restoration work at Joseph Colony and said the affected people would be compensated at all cost.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the PML-N would launch more projects like the metro bus service if voted to power after general elections.

Talking to assembly members on Monday, he said the metro bus project was a unique gift to citizens of Lahore. “This modern means of transport has entirely changed decades-old culture of public transport,” he added.

He said he had already directed to import more buses from Turkey in view of great rush of travellers on metro buses.

He said the PML-N would contest upcoming elections on the basis of performance as it had completed a record number of development projects during the last five years.

The chief minister advised the lawmakers to have close contact with voters of their respective constituencies and try to get their support for party’s victory in elections.

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