At Least 19 Churches Have Been Vandalized/Burned By Violent Uprising
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Unfolding Story of the Jaranwala Incident: A Personal Perspective

Introduction

I am Farrukh Saif, Co-Founder, Pakistan (Indian Continent) Director, Rescue Team Coordinator, Project Director, and Asylum and Refugee Consultant for Redeem the Oppressed. Today, I want to share with you the harrowing story of the Jaranwala Incident, an event that has shaken our community and reinforced our commitment to our mission.

The Incident

On August 16th, in Jaranwala, Punjab, a mob ransacked and vandalized 19 churches and burned 87 Christian homes. The incident began with torn pages of the Quran found outside a Muslim house, along with a letter containing personal details of Raja Amir and his father Salim Masih.

The pages were deliberately placed, and similar documents were found in the colony. The news spread rapidly, leading to a mob of thousands entering the area, despite the efforts of local Muslims like Muhammad Imran Qadri to protect Christian homes.

The Response

The response from the local Muslim community was mixed. While some were involved in the destruction, others, like Imran Qadri, marked Christian homes with Quranic verses and prayer rugs, providing shelter to women and children.

A Clear Case of Misuse

This incident was a clear misuse of blasphemy laws. A personal vendetta led to the framing of Raja Amir’s family. The real culprit, caught on CCTV cameras, is now in police custody.

Reflections

As someone deeply involved in the rescue and support of persecuted minorities, this incident is a painful reminder of the challenges we face. The misuse of blasphemy laws, the destruction, and the fear are all too familiar.

But amidst the chaos, there were also signs of hope. The actions of those who protected their Christian neighbors show that compassion and understanding can prevail.

A Plea for Support

Our ground team at Redeem the Oppressed is providing critical assistance to those affected by the Jaranwala Incident. We are working tirelessly to rebuild lives and foster harmony, but we need your support.

Your contribution can make a significant difference in the lives of those who have lost everything. Join us in our fight against oppression, in our quest for justice, and in our commitment to healing.

Please, stand with us. Stand with humanity.

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.
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