Jaranwala’s Christian Community Faces Harrowing Injustices Amidst Police Crackdown


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In Jaranwala, the police have unleashed a series of horrific injustices, rounding up innocent Christians. Disturbing videos circulating on social media depict Christians pleading for their loved ones’ safe return from police custody, alleging unjustified arrests solely for questioning related to a destructive arson incident within the Christian community.

Troubling Arrests and Raids and Injustices in Jaranwala

The situation deeply troubles local Christians, as reports suggest mass arrests by the police without proper charges. Christian homes are frequently raided, resulting in men’s arrests and harassment and intimidation of women.

Local Priest’s Frustration

Furthermore, a local priest in Jaranwala has confirmed the illegal detention of at least 20 Christians by the police.He expresses frustration over the lack of information about the investigation and the treatment of their community members. They’ve raised these concerns with senior police officials, who have promised to intervene.

Distress in Chalis Mor Village

Another distressing incident occurred in Chalis Mor village, near Jaranwala, where only three Christian families reside. Here, police conducted raids, unlawfully detaining Christian men. A woman recounts the horrifying experience of police storming her home, assaulting her son, and detaining her husband. Her daughters also suffered abuse, and nearby relatives faced similar fates.

Dismay Over Inspector General’s Statements

Dismay fills local Christian leaders due to a recent press conference by Punjab Police Inspector General Usman Anwar. He suggests a conspiracy involving Indian officials to divert attention from India’s mistreatment of Christians. He cites mob violence in Jaranwala on August 16 and Quran copy desecration in Sargodha on August 19-20 as evidence. Senior Pakistani church leader Bishop Azad Marshal expresses concern that these statements label Pakistani Christians as Indian spies, jeopardizing the entire Christian community.

Bishop Azad Marshal initiates legal action by filing a petition in the Lahore High Court, seeking a judicial commission’s formation to investigate the Jaranwala arson incident comprehensively. He demands justice for police and district administration negligence. He highlights that past incidents like the attacks in Shantinagar, Gojra, and Joseph Colony were ignored by the state apparatus, emphasizing the need to address the root causes of senseless violence against Christians.

Farrukh Saif
Farrukh Saifhttp://ecspe.org
Farrukh H. Saif is a dedicated Christian Human Rights activist who founded the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 with a passionate mission to assist marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan. These communities face religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. His primary focus is on liberating bonded laborers working in brick kilns in rural Pakistan. In 2018, the Farrukh Saif Foundation merged with the US-based organization, The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. However, Farrukh H. Saif's efforts have made him a target for radical individuals, leading to numerous fatwas against him for alleged insults to Islam and Pakistan, as well as for aiding those accused of blasphemy. Farrukh H. Saif's work is extensive and impactful. Since 2009, his organization has been actively involved in a range of activities to support the marginalized and persecuted people of Pakistan
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