Still no justice for Gojra victims

A very, very moving account of the July 2009 Gojra killings by Sarfraz William of All Churches Youth Alliance:

Of special note is the use of chemical weapons (suspected to be white phosphorous) used by the attackers to burn the houses after their initial round of looting (skip to 2:20 in the video). Witnesses of previous similar attacks against the Christian community of Shangla Hills and Shantinagar in 1997 and 2005 had also described the use of chemical weapons at the time.

In January 2010, the Punjab government ordered a new investigation into the Gojra and Korian attacks because the previous investigation (only started, as Sarfraz William notes in this video due to a sit-in by the family of the Gojra victims) had yielded no results.

Here’s the progress of the case as of 5 March 2010:

GOJRA CASE:

On 2nd March 2010, 42 accused of Gojra attacks were produced before Judge of Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Faisalabad, including 6 detained accused and 36 were those who are on bail. These 42 accused will be re-produced before court on 16th March 2010 for charge frame. The police has already declared 47 accused as fugitive; those were nominated in FIR (First Information Report) and supplementary statements by complainant and witnesses.

KORIAN CASE:

On 2nd March 2010, 54 accused of Korian attacks were produced before Judge of Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Faisalabad, including 8 detained accused and 46 were those who are on bail. These 54 accused will be re-appeared before court on 16th March 2010 for charge frame. The police has already announced 49 accused as absconder.

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