The Faisalabad Police spokesperson has revealed a breakthrough in uncovering the true motive behind the tragic events in Jaranwala, which saw the burning of numerous houses and churches within the Christian community, leading to widespread condemnation.
According to the police spokesperson, the incident was rooted in a personal dispute between two individuals within the Christian faith. The accused, Parvez Masih, harbored suspicions about his wife’s alleged involvement with Umeer, also known as Raja. Subsequently, Parvez Masih orchestrated a plot to eliminate Umair Raja, involving the hiring of a hitman, providing monetary compensation, and a motorcycle for carrying out the murder.
The Police further asserted that a sinister conspiracy was devised, involving an attempt to desecrate the Quran after the initial assassination plan failed. Three individuals, including Parvez Masih, are implicated in this nefarious scheme. It is alleged that Parvez Masih authored a disrespectful letter in Umar’s name and committed the sacrilege of the holy book.
The spokesperson stated that the circulation of these insulting letters and documents incited public outrage, ultimately leading to the outbreak of violence, with houses and churches in Christian settlements being set ablaze.
As a result of these revelations, three individuals, including Parvez Masih and Umair Raja, are currently in custody.
Earlier, a Muslim crowd attacked a Christian community in Jaranwala, Faisalabad on Aug. 16 after two of its members were accused of blasphemy against the Quran. While there were no reports of injuries or deaths, the large-scale rampages Wednesday marked some of the most serious outbreaks of sectarian violence in recent years in Pakistan.
Afzal Aftab, a respected member of the community, journeyed to Jaranwala, Faisalabad, to provide an update on the current situation in the area following the tragic and deeply saddening incident.
The locals wear no regrets on their faces as all the shops and markets have reopened, carrying on with their daily routines. Interestingly, amidst the challenging circumstances, there have been no words or actions of solidarity from the local Muslim community; instead, it’s Christian NGOs that are actively providing assistance.