A group of journalists from foreign media outlets on Thursday visited the churches in Jaranwala to see the restoration work after these were burnt down in mob violence.
Multiple churches were set afire in August, which triggered strong condemnation from the country’s political and religious parties.
The journalists from leading media outlets including AFP, BBC, Washington Post, Russia Today, DPA (Germany), La Croix (France), Anadolu (Turkey), NHK (Japan), and Arab News took a tour of the churches.
They also interacted with the bishops and the local Christian community to get feedback on the restoration of churches.
The visit was organised by the government of Pakistan to provide the international media with an opportunity for first-hand information about the restoration of the affected churches.
The restoration of the churches is part of Pakistan’s commitment to ensure the rights of religious minorities with the liberty to practice their faith in accordance with the country’s constitution.