Catholics in Pakistan
Diocese of Faisalabad

NCJP strongly condemns Jaranwala incident

In a regrettable incident on August 16, 2023, in Jaranwala, District Faisalabad, the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), associated with the Catholic Church, spoke out against an unfortunate episode involving the Christian community. Accusations of Quran desecration led to a distressing situation, as a mob targeted Christians, resulting in church burnings and home vandalization.

Reports from Jaranwala paint a somber picture. On that day, local individuals, reportedly Muslims, engaged in aggression against Christians. The consequences were severe, with churches and homes falling victim. This incident led to the destruction of places of worship, sacred texts, and personal belongings of Christians.

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NCJP’s leadership, including Chairperson Bishop Samson Shukardin, Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, and others, issued a joint statement condemning the actions, expressing concern over this severe attack on Christians, and acknowledging its emotional impact, evoking memories of past false blasphemy allegations.

NCJP appealed to federal and provincial interim governments for action. Their focus is on seeking justice and accountability. They also urged the government to ensure the safety of minority communities, promoting principles of tolerance and coexistence.

Amid these challenges, NCJP’s leadership showed solidarity with affected Christian families. They encouraged unity through prayer and expressed optimism about government responsiveness.

In conclusion, the Jaranwala incident reminds us to promote harmony among religious communities. NCJP’s condemnation echoes the need for unity and understanding. Their call for government action emphasizes protecting rights and security for all citizens. As Christians and the nation navigate these times, NCJP’s leadership stands for justice, peace, and coexistence.

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