- Punjab Government Approves Rs2 Million for Each Family Affected by Jaranwala Rampage.
- Chief Minister Chairs Cabinet Meeting in Church to Support Christian Community.
- Muslim Scholars Offer Mosques for Christian Worship Amidst Church Rehabilitation Efforts.
In a historic move, the Punjab government has sanctioned a compensation package of Rs2 million for each family affected by the recent Jaranwala rampage. Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, announced this relief initiative on Sunday and assured that relief cheques would reach the victims within the next two to three days.
In an unprecedented demonstration of solidarity with the Christian community, Chief Minister Naqvi chaired a cabinet meeting within a church. The meeting saw the participation of secretaries and senior officials alongside the Chief Minister. This gesture aimed to convey a message of unity and support to the Christian community.
Later, Chief Minister Naqvi convened a meeting with members of the peace committee, which included representatives from various religious backgrounds and schools of thought. Addressing reporters after the meeting, he shared that the cabinet had unanimously approved the compensation of Rs2 million for each affected Christian family in Jaranwala.
Muslim scholars expressed their willingness to allow Christians to utilize mosques for worship, should their churches be damaged and unavailable for worship. Chief Minister Naqvi regarded this gesture from the peace committee as a positive step that would aid in quelling the tensions that had arisen after the tragic events of August 16.
Chief Minister Naqvi underscored the significance of the Jaranwala incident and expressed solidarity with the affected Christian community. He stressed the role of the Peace Committee in promoting understanding and harmony between the two communities during this challenging time.
With regard to the damaged churches, Chief Minister Naqvi informed that the rehabilitation process had already commenced, with two churches having been fully restored as of Saturday. He acknowledged that some church managements had temporarily halted restoration work in order to implement design changes and improvements. However, he assured that the government would cover all associated costs and would actively engage with the affected communities until all issues were resolved.
Chief Minister Naqvi made it clear that those found guilty of involvement in the Jaranwala riots would face appropriate punishment. Conversely, innocent individuals would receive the necessary relief and support. He emphasized the government’s commitment to justice and accountability.
The Chief Minister’s proactive approach was evident as he, along with provincial ministers, visited the AEC Church in Isa Nagari by coach. This visit further highlighted the government’s dedication to addressing the concerns of the affected individuals and churches.
The Punjab government’s response to the Jaranwala incident is marked by a compensation package for affected families, solidarity with the Christian community, and efforts toward reconciliation and restoration. This comprehensive approach underscores the government’s commitment to justice, relief, and communal harmony.