Chief Justice Designate Qazi Faez Isa and his wife visited Jaranwala’s Christian colony to assess the damage caused by a violent mob instigated by blasphemy allegations.
The August 16 attacks after mosque announcements accused the Christian community of blasphemy. According to government documents, the extent of the violence necessitated the deployment of paramilitary forces.
The shocking incident stirred national ire, with prominent Pakistani figures using social media platforms to condemn the egregious act.
Justice Isa’s visit revealed lingering evidence of the attack’s aftermath, leading him to voice his dissatisfaction with the town’s upkeep to the deputy commissioner, urging immediate action. The senior judge extended his support to the victims, emphasizing the equal rights of all Pakistani citizens, regardless of religious affiliation.
He emphasized the shared duty of all citizens, especially Muslims, to safeguard churches and other places of worship. Further underscoring his commitment, Justice Isa and his wife offered those affected financial aid and food packages.
Legal Proceedings in Motion
Post-incident legal actions are gaining momentum. Police have charged 34 individuals, with 600 unidentified suspects being pursued under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). Of these, 29 have already been apprehended.
Additionally, leaders from Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat and Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan have been implicated in the case. In tandem, the Counter-Terrorism Department has arrested individuals allegedly involved in desecrating the Holy Quran.
Foreign Office Spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, reinforced Pakistan’s dedication to upholding the rights of religious minorities. She termed the violent events in Faisalabad as intolerant and illegal, highlighting the swift actions taken by law enforcement on the prime minister’s directives to ensure the perpetrators face justice.