The Supreme Court held the Inspector General (IG) police of Punjab and the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore responsible for the Joseph Colony rampage
In its short order of the suo motu case, the court maintained that the suspension of the SHO and DPO was not enough and no further negligence will be tolerated in the case.
The advocate general Punjab submitted reports of the Joseph Colony incident and of Gojra riots. He said that the government accepts responsibility for the mob attack and is taking steps to prevent such incidents in the future.
The acting IG Punjab blamed the DIG operations for the incident.
The hearing of the case was adjourned till March 18.
On March 9, a mob of over 3,000 people set ablaze more than 150 houses of Christians in the Joseph Colony over alleged blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by Sawan Masih, a 28-year-old Christian sanitation worker.
Authorities in Lahore arrested 150 people on charges of riot and arson.