Faisalabad: In response to the distressing event involving the destruction and arson of Christian churches, related structures, and residences in Pakistan, allegedly due to accusations of Quran desecration and blasphemy, the United States has emphatically called for a thorough investigation. Recent reports indicate the apprehension of around a hundred individuals identified as Islamists.
Expressing deep concern, the United States has expressed its dismay over the targeted attacks on Christian churches and homes, ostensibly linked to alleged Quran desecration. While the US staunchly upholds the principles of free expression and religious beliefs for all, it unequivocally condemns any form of violence or intimidation.
Vedant Patel, spokesperson for the US State Department, communicated the gravity of the situation to the press, stating, “We urge the Pakistani authorities to conduct an honest investigation into this incident and ensure law and order.”
The incident unfolded in the Faisalabad district of Punjab province, specifically on Jaranwala Road, where mosques were targeted. The assault extended to the looting of a church as well. Four churches, along with their adjoining structures and Christian residences, bore the brunt of the attack. Disturbing videos capturing the events have circulated widely on social media platforms.
This alarming occurrence adds to a series of atrocities perpetrated against minority communities. Bishop Azad Marshall voiced the ongoing persecution faced by Christians in Pakistan, stemming from the dissemination of baseless allegations regarding Quran desecration.