LAHORE - A minority lawyer objected to the text of Youhanabad condemnation resolution, saying that the word ‘killed’ was used for the terror-hit Christians, while the lynched Muslims were called ‘martyred’.

The Punjab Assembly met two hours behind the schedule under Acting Speaker Sher Ali Gorchani. The House passed resolution condemning Youhanabad tragedy, followed by prayers for the victims. For Muslims, prayers were offered in Arabic while for Christians, the same was done in Urdu.

Raising objection to the resolution text, minority legislator Shahzad Munshi dubbed it discriminatory. Claiming that no Christian was involved in the lynching of two Muslims, he said unidentified miscreants unleashed the barbaric attack to blot Christians.

He pointed out that police arrested a number of Christians after the lynching of two Muslims and demanded the government take notice of the matter. He demanded the terrorism-hit people be declared martyrs.

The resolution, presented by Punjab Law Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, reads: “This house strongly condemns the attack on Youhanabad churches and feels deep sorrow over the killing of innocents including women and children.” The resolution also paid tribute to the security guards who averted collective damage by laying down their lives.

This house hoped that terrorists would soon be brought to justice. The house also condoled with the families of lynched Muslims.

The Assembly took up matter of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, and Livestock and Dairy Development Departments during question hours. Provincial Ministers Asif and Bilal Yasin replied to the queries of legislators.

Bilal Yasin informed the house about land leasing policy, saying that the government will introduce a 5000-acre piece for farming purposes to each foreign investor.

The foreign investors can establish hunting fields, animal feeding farms and water reservoirs and other farming projects. This offer would be given to foreign investors barren landed or illegally-occupied areas.

Two ordinances Punjab Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 and The Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission(Amendment) Ordinance 2015 were laid by the Law Minister, while the Fatima Jinnah Medical University Lahore Bill 2015 was also introduced.  Later, the house started 4-day long pre-budget discussion with the opening statement of Provincial Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman.