Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa visited Jaranwala after a Muslim mob attacked churches and Christian homes over blasphemy allegations. Accompanied by his wife, Sarena Isa, he met with victims to show solidarity with the Christian community, stating it was a personal gesture rather than an official visit. Justice Isa vowed to expedite restoration work for the displaced Christian residents and criticized police negligence in the incident.
He emphasized that both Muslims and Christians have the right to worship freely. He condemned the attack, saying it violated Islamic teachings and founder of Pakistan’s promises to minorities. He urged Muslims to protect followers of other religions and condemned violence against non-Muslims.
On August 16, a mob vandalized and torched Christian churches and homes in Jaranwala due to allegations of Quran desecration. The incident lasted over 10 hours, damaging several churches including the Salvation Army Church and United Presbyterian Church. Over 100 accused were detained, and Rangers were called in to restore order.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar condemned the vandalism and vowed stern action against culprits. Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir deemed the incident tragic and intolerable, emphasizing equality and justice for all citizens regardless of religion, gender, or creed. He stated that no one should take the law into their own hands, and those responsible will face justice.