Supreme Court Seeks JIT Progress Report on Jaranwala Tragedy

Islamabad, September 8, 20203: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has called for a progress report from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) regarding the Jaranwala incident, which has been marred by tragic events.

In a recent court hearing, various petitions related to the Jaranwala tragedy were presented, prompting the Supreme Court to request an update from the JIT. This report is to be provided by both the Advocate General of Punjab and the Inspector General (IG) of Punjab. Furthermore, the Court has demanded a comprehensive report outlining the actions taken in response to the incident from the Punjab Home Department.

During the proceedings, the Court also emphasized the importance of addressing hate speeches and directed the Advocate General to pursue the matter of inscriptions involving the term 'Christian' with the Deputy Commissioner's office.

The petitioners in the case highlighted the deliberate use of chemicals to set churches on fire. In response, the Supreme Court has instructed that the restoration of these damaged churches be prioritized. Additionally, the Islamabad police have been directed to ensure the protection of the Christian community, many of whom fled their homes in fear, resulting in damage to their properties. The Court has called for a report on the status of property damage restoration.

Furthermore, the petitioners have appealed for a report on the overall safety of the Christian community in Punjab. The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of the Jaranwala tragedy case for a period of two weeks.