Jaranwala incident: churches, graveyard vandalised after blasphemy allegations

Church Blasphemy Jaranwala Faisalabad

LAHORE: An angry mob torched multiple churches in Jaranwala, Faisalabad district, earlier today, following accusations of blasphemy. Apart from the churches, the crowd also set numerous houses ablaze before descending on a Christian graveyard, according to police sources.

A first information report has also been registered under sections 295B/C of the Pakistan Penal Code against the accused.

Copy of the FIR

Reportedly, some ulema were also asked to negotiate with the crowd and calm them down.

According to Dawn, officials are trying to contain the situation by engaging with peace committees, while police across Punjab have also been activated.

The incident was sparked after two individuals were accused of blasphemy and, in response, clerics made announcements in mosques, inciting the mob to action, according to police spokesman Naveed Ahmad 

At least five churches have been reportedly arsoned by the crowd.

Social media in Pakistan is flooded with visuals of the happenings in Jaranwala as civil administration called in for Rangers to be deployed to keep the law and order situation in control.

Church Burning

Caretaker Prime Minister, Anwarul Haq Kakar strongly condemned the attack and assured that law enforcement agencies were instructed to “apprehend the culprits”.

Other prominent political figures, including former interior minister Rana Sanaullah and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, have denounced the attack. 

Sanaullah emphasised that such acts of extremism contradict the core principles of Islam, while Bhutto-Zardari urged the administration to restore peace and maintain law and order.


Meanwhile, President Bishop of the Church of Pakistan Azad Marshall said, “We cry out for justice and action from law enforcement and those who dispense justice and the safety of all citizens to intervene immediately and assure us that our lives are valuable in our own homeland that has just celebrated independence and freedom.”

Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan of Jamaat e Islami Pakistan condemned the events and said they were “against the teachings of Islam, the constitution and law of Pakistan.”

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, meanwhile, “condemned the failure of the local administration, police and government machinery to maintain law and order.”


Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan and though no one has ever been executed for it, numerous accused people have been lynched by outraged crowds.

(Additions from Reuters)


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