The leadership of Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) and International Interfaith Harmony Council (IIHC) Wednesday stepped forward to de-escalate the situation that erupted in the wake of Jaranwala religious incident. The incident, which has raised alarm bells, prompted influential religious figures including Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Pir Allama Zubair Abid, Maulana Muhammad Aslam Siddiqui, and Maulana Muhammad Asim Makhdoom, to issue a joint statement urging both communities to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. These esteemed figures implored both the communities to exercise patience and seek peaceful resolutions rather than resorting to violence. Highlighting their commitment to interfaith cooperation, the leadership of PUC and IIHC underscored the shared responsibility of safeguarding worship places and residences of all communities. They assured that the protection of the religious places was not only the duty of the Muslim populace but also a responsibility upheld by the state.