DASKA - A local catholic church on Friday afternoon was gutted when an angry mob set it ablaze to lament over alleged desecration of Holy Quran at village Jaithikey-Sambrial, in Tehsil Sambrial of District Sialkot. According to reports, Hina (15), daughter of local farmer Asghar Ali, was on her way back to home from a mosque after receiving religious education, when Fanish Masih, Saleem Masih, Qaisar Masih alias Gona, Danish Masih and Nadeem Masih snatched a Para (a chapter of Holy Quran) from her and threw it into a drain and fled away. The incident triggered panic amid fear of sectarian violence as the tension gripped the area. After the alleged desecration, the Muslims armed with bricks, stones and sticks attacked the church. They set it ablaze by sprinkling patrol and kerosene oil. As no person was present in the church, no casualty or injury has been reported. Rescue 1122 staff reached the spot and extinguished the fire after a great struggle. Meanwhile, the agitators led by local clerics took out rallies after the Friday prayers, demanding immediate arrest of the accused persons. All the shops and markets were closed in Sambrial and surrounding areas after the incident, while the scared villagers (thousands in the number) locked themselves in their homes. On the other hand, the Christian community left the troubled area immediately to save their lives. A strong contingent of police from across Gujranwala Division along with elite force besieged the locality for maintaining law and order. They started patrolling the village and took positions on the rooftops of the buildings. Commissioner Gujranwala Division Hashim Tareen, Acting DCO Sialkot Tariq Zaman and DPO Sialkot Waqar Ahmad Chohan along with local MNAs, MPAs and other public representatives also joined the efforts to control the mob. They negotiated with the protesters during which the PML-N, Shabab-e-Milli, Sunni Tehreek, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat Ahle-e-Sunnah leaders gave a 24-hour deadline vis-a-vis arrest of the alleged culprits. DPO Sialkot Waqar Ahmad Chohan told the newsmen that the accused persons would be arrested within the 24 hours, adding that police had arrested Fanish Masihs father Riasat Masih (50). Meanwhile, the Christian community leaders in Sialkot have expressed grave concern over torching the church. Talking to journalists, Emanuel K Gill, Bishop Samuel Pervaiz and Pasture Javaid Sylvester said the situation was alarming, as the government had failed in protecting the minorities and their places of worship. They demanded arresting the person involved in the church blaze. It is important to recall that it is yet another terrifying incident of perpetrating violence against the Christians and their churches within a month and half after the tragic killings and plunder in Gojra on July 30. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif have expressed grave concern over the torching of a church in village Jaithikey-Sambrial near Sialkot. According to the official sources, the President, PM and CM Punjab have sought a detailed inquiry report from the federal, provincial and district governments within 24 hours. They said all the accused would be taken to task and the miscreants would be dealt with an iron hand, while no one would be allowed to sabotage the peace and tranquillity in the society.