Kakar pledges to ensure justice for the perpetrators responsible for church vandalism in Faisalabad

- Pakistani news - August 16, 2023
Kakar promises to bring to justice culprits behind vandalisation of churches in Faisalabad
Kakar promises to bring to justice culprits behind vandalisation of churches in Faisalabad

Kakar pledges to ensure justice for the perpetrators responsible for church vandalism in Faisalabad

Interim Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has expressed his commitment to bringing the culprits behind the vandalization of churches in Jaranwala, Faisalabad to justice in response to alleged blasphemy. Kakar expressed his dismay over the visuals emerging from Jaranwala and emphasized that strong action would be taken against those who violate the law and target minority communities. He stated that all law enforcement agencies have been instructed to apprehend the culprits and ensure justice. Kakar assured the citizens that the government of Pakistan stands firmly with them on an equal basis.

Former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the incident, describing it as sad and disturbing. He emphasized that violence has no place in any religion and called for respect towards religious places, books, and religious figures. Shehbaz urged the government to take action against the culprits and appealed to religious scholars from all schools of thought to condemn such reprehensible actions. He emphasized that Pakistan belongs to all religious minorities and such acts of madness should not be tolerated.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), also condemned the attack on churches in Jaranwala and emphasized that violating the sanctity of places of worship is unacceptable. He called on the administration to ensure the safety of the Christian community and their churches.

The incident occurred when a crowd vandalized several churches and set houses on fire, accusing members of the Christian community of blasphemy. The local administration has called in paramilitary troops to handle the situation and restore control. Christian leader Akmal Bhatti reported that the crowd had torched multiple churches and looted abandoned houses following incitement by clerics in mosques.