Gawahi TV arson: Police says fire caused by short circuit, Christians confident of deliberate vandalism

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Police conducts investigations into the burning of building of a Pakistani Christian Television channel in Karachi.

Police officials stated that they have been investigating into the incident of unknown men setting the building of Gwahi TV on fire earlier this week. The building of Gwahi TV, is located in South Karachi. Gawahi TV is a project of Gawahi Trust.

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The workers of the Christian television channel, say, the fire has been set on purpose. “How could anyone do this? I saw with my tears-filled eyes the Holy Bible’s pages blackened by the fire. How could their heart allow them to set ablaze this truth?” says one of the workers of Gawahi TV.

Gawahi TV arson  Police says fire caused by short circuit, Christians confident of deliberate vandalism

The building of Gawahi TV is located near the Saint Peter’s Church in the Akhtar Colony, where members of various religious communities dwell. “There have never been problems amongst residents of the area, who belong to different schools of thought. We never had any direct threat either,” the worker said.

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Javed Williams, the owner of the channel, turns down the reason put forth by the police who claim that the fire was caused due to an electric short-circuit. Sarfraz brother of Javed, had spent all their resources to run the Christian TV channel.

Reportedly, the fire which lasted for about half an hour harmed all the valuable equipments in the building, including a Mac computer, DVDs, editing equipment, books, and official records. Apart from these some 15,000 booklets titled, “The Christ’s Hope” which were published by the Gawahi Trust were also reduced to ashes.

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Nonetheless, doubts raise their heads because of the fact that all the curtains, blankets, wooden structure in the office was not even touched by fire; while all the valuable equipment was swallow up by fire. Another fact which raised the brows of the Gawahi TV team was that the cameras which were used to shoot videos were not to be found among the rubble. This suggests that since cameras were costly, the vandals before setting the building on fire stole them. This actuality contradicts that claims fire was caused by short circuit.

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