In a statement issued on Oct. 8, Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy and condemned the loss of precious human lives.
“Forcing Nadeem Masih and Faisal Masih to work without any protective measures was criminal negligence. Human life without any distinction of caste, creed and profession is precious and respectable. Those responsible must be punished. A policy should be created to prevent such incidents,” he said.
Father Sarfraz Simon, diocesan director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace, urged representatives of the provincial government to visit the protesting mothers and children.
“They should heal the wounds of the bereaved families and ensure them justice and support their demands,” he said.