The Voice team was told by a source about the occurrence of the incidence of Blasphemyon Sunday 24th May 2015 in the late evening. The team comprised of Adv. Aneeqa Maria, Mr. Shahid Anthony, Mr. NapoleanQayyum, Mr. Imran Barkat, Mr. Imran Zafar and Mr. Ashar Gill went to investigate/fact finding about the incidence. We also had news that there is a situation of Riots there at the place of incidence. As the people (Muslims) were very angry upon the burning of the Holy Quran.
Upon meeting many people from the Police officials and from the Muslims and Christians locality the Voice team came to know about the facts that Humayun Faisal is a middle aged Christian and is mentally retarded/ unstable of mind burnt down few pages from Holy Quran, (no body still knows about the actual facts whether from where he got the Quranic Pages and who saw him burning) but a case of Blasphemy under section 295 B has been registered and is under the Police custody including his family while his house is broken down by the angry mob. Adv. Aneeqa also asked SP. about the people who have instigated the mob because the instigation is also crime and there was a mob of about more than 1000 people in different groups coming from different directions and still they were calling more to . Ensured us that a legal action will be taken against the people who have instigated the Mob and who have joined the mob as well. The Mob had planned the burning of Christian’s houses and the Catholic Church named HazratYousaf’s Church which is headed by Rev. Fr. Philip John but the timely intervention of Police have failed their plan but still there is every apprehension that the Mob will try again as they are not ready to listen and compromise with the Police. Therefore two teams of Rangers were also called to control the situation.
The Voice team left the place upon repeatedly warnings from the police’s higher officials for the sake of safety and security of the team. We are thankful to God that every single Christian resident of the area is safe so far and the family and the Victim is also secured by the Police. This is the first time in the history of the attacks upon Christians that Police acted so vigilantly and strongly in order to save people for undue persecution and riots. If the Police have acted the same way in BadamiBagh and Gojra incidents we believe that those places would have stayed safe, as the way people are safe today in Madina Colony DhoopSarhiSandaKalan. Thanks to Rangers and Punjab Police’s efforts that people are safe and The Voice team also left the place safely. Regarding the case, the Voice will provide all sorts of legal and moral help to the family if they call for it.
Presently the situation is quiet tense there and in the surroundings as well. Please keep this situation in your prayers. And also pray for the defenders.