ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Tuesday said that the issue of Shafqat Hussain’s death penalty should not be politicised.
Nisar addressing the National Assembly today, went on to say that an anti-terrorism court (ATC) handed Hussain the death penalty and that President Mamnoon Hussain has also dismissed the appeal for mercy.
The interior minister added that even during the clemency appeal, the stance of Hussain being a juvenile was not adopted.
Regarding the Youhannabad tragedy, Nisar said that all the incidents that have happened after the attack should not be overlooked.
He went on to say that 21 people died of whom seven were Muslims, adding that two of those Muslims were burnt alive during protests.
He further said that along with the highly condemnable act of the tragedy itself, the act of violent protests, vandalism, and burning of two Muslims should be considered acts of terrorism as well.
He also said that these acts are a matter of shame for the country’s law, justice, and democracy.
The interior minister went on to say that even mosques and imambargahs have been attacked in the past, however, there was never such an aggressive reaction, adding that one of the men, Hafiz Naeem who was burnt was an innocent man.
Nisar further said that each of those responsible for these acts will be apprehended with the help of media footage and strict action will be taken against them.