FAISALABAD: The Jaranwala police on Thursday registered terror instances in opposition to greater than 600 other folks for “vandalising multiple churches and torching homes belonging to the Christian community,” ARY News reported.
According to the FIR, a mob of 500-600, who had been led via a gaggle of other folks, “attacked the Christian community, ransacked people’s homes after entering them and torched Christians’ homes and the church building”.
The FIR invoked sections 7(1)(d), 7(1)(j), 7(1)(g) and seven(1)(h) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
It additionally invoked sections 148, 149, 153A, 186, 295, 295A, 324, 353, 427, 436 and 452 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). The FIR additionally integrated sections 5 and six of the Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) Act 2015.
Meanwhile, the Punjab govt additionally ordered the formation of a high-level inquiry committee to analyze the incident, consistent with directives issued via Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq.
In a remark, Punjab police mentioned it had remodeled 100 arrests whilst Rangers had additionally been known as in.
In gentle of the placement, the district management has imposed Section 144 for seven days, prohibiting a wide variety of meeting, aside from for occasions organised via the federal government.
Caretaker PM Anwaarul Haq Kakar took understand of incidents that happened in Jaranwala town of Punjab’s Faisalabad district.
In a message on X (previously Twitter), PM Kakar wrote, “I am gutted by the visuals coming out of Jaranwala, Faisalabad.”
He vowed, “Stern action would be taken against those who violate law and target minorities. All law enforcement has been asked to apprehend culprits and bring them to justice. Rest assured that the government of Pakistan stands with our citizenry on equal basis.”
While condemning the Jaranwala incidents, former PM and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif wrote on X, “What is happening in Jaranwala is sad and disturbing. There is no place for violence in any religion. All religious places, Holy Books and personages are sacred and deserve our highest level of respect.”
“I urge the government to take action against the culprits. I also appeal to Ulema, Mashaykh and religious scholars from all schools of thought to come forward and condemn the reprehensible actions. Such madness can’t be allowed. Pakistan belongs to all religious minorities,” he added.
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