Pakistan’s Christian television, Gawahi TV resumes transmission after three weeks of mysterious arson.
According to details, one of Pakistan’s few Christian television channels; Karachi Based Gawahi TV has recommenced its transmission after its building was mysteriously set on fire by unknown assailants.
In this regard, owner and CEO of Gawahi TV- Reverend Sarfraz William said that because of the fact that Gawahi TV’s equipment was completely lost by the incident, the administration of Gawahi TV has resorted to borrowing necessary equipment in order to continue its broadcast, prayers and church services seeing the eventful Christmas season.
“We are doing God’s work and we are doing whatever we can to render our services on Christmas by resuming the transmission. Though it is not in the way we had planned on Christmas, but something is better than nothing,” Reverend Sarfraz William said.
Rev. Sarfraz and his brother, Javed termed this incident as a deliberate act. They are of the opinion that the facts that the locks were cut and chemicals were sprayed to boost the flames in order to annihilate the evidence of arson, lead to the conclusion that it was a deliberate act.
While speaking about this incident, a Pakistani lawyer who advocates for the rights of Pakistani Christians- Nadeem Anthony also said that this is an act of religious intolerance.
“But it is impossible for them (the station owners) to point a finger at anybody, as in all other Christian persecution in Pakistan. If they did, he said, “it would be difficult for them to survive.”
In sharp contrast to this, the local police officer Sarwar Commando said that the fire was caused because of an electrical short circuit. However, he had no proof to back up his statement. Moreover, he could not explain how it was determined that the fire was not an attack.
According to Rev. Sarfraz William and Javed William the cost of the damage caused by this arson is about 2 million Pakistani Rupees, (about $20,000). In order to recover form this loss, both of them have appealed to their viewers and supporters to donate to the Christian TV. Thus far, they have received about 50,000 rupees, or about $500. “We are very poor and were already hardly managing the work of God,” Javed William said.