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Watch: Justice Faez Isa meets victims of Jaranwala Church tragedy

Justice Isa, who will take over as Chief Justice of Pakistan next month, is receiving praise on social media for meeting with the victims of the Jaranwala Church tragedy, that too without any protocol. 

Justice Qazi Faez Isa met with the displaced Christian community victims of the Jaranwala Church tragedy and expressed solidarity with them.

According to the details, the Police and district administration officials reached Jaranwala to brief Qazi Faez Isa about the tragic incident.

Qazi Faez Isa and his wife then met the victims of the displaced minority community and expressed deep sorrow over the incident. He also visited the affected church and settlement that was attacked by a violent mob.

Videos of Justice Qazi Faez Isa are making the rounds on social media. In the videos, Justice Isa can be seen surveying the area and interacting with the victims of the Jaranwala Church tragedy.

Interestingly, Justice Isa, who will take over as Chief Justice of Pakistan next month, is receiving praise on social media for meeting with the victims of the Jaranwala Church tragedy, that too without any protocol.

Read more: President Alvi approves Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s appointment as next CJP

Jaranwala Church tragedy

On Wednesday, a mob targeted the Christian community in Jaranwala tehsil of Faisalabad, leaving over 20 churches and over a dozen homes in ruins. The violence erupted after some locals alleged that several desecrated pages of the Holy Quran had been found near a house at Cinema Chowk in Jaranwala, where two Christian brothers resided.

Over 100 people stormed a local Christian neighborhood in Jaranwala and set ablaze at least one church, the Salvation Army Church, one of the oldest in the area. A Christian cemetery and the office of the local assistant commissioner were also vandalized. Members of the community fled the area and were forced to stay in nearby fields.

Images on social media showed smoke rising from the church buildings and people setting fire to furniture that had been dragged from them. The incident was widely condemned on social media with the government vowing strict action.

Read more: PM Kakar vows strict action against mob that attacked churches, homes in Faisalabad

The Punjab government had ordered the formation of a high-level inquiry committee to investigate the incident, in line with directives issued by Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq. Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Moshin Naqvi on both main accused in the Jaranwala rampage was now in the custody of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).