The Punjab government has revealed that losses worth millions of rupees were incurred during the three-day protests staged across the country in response to the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Asia Bibi case.
According to a report in the local media, a senior official of the Punjab government shared that an interim report noting an estimated loss of Rs226 million, had been submitted at the top court’s Lahore registry. The official added that the government had requested the court to grant time for submission of a final report.
On November 6, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar had taken notice of the massive losses caused to the public property during the riots in the wake of the court judgment and directed compensation for those who suffered. The CJP also called for a report containing details of estimated loss from federal and provincial governments within three days.
Meanwhile, the apex court has also fixed hearing of the suo motu case on the 2017 Faizabad sit-in for November 16. The sit-in had disrupted life in Islamabad and Rawalpindi for nearly 20 days.