» 03/13/2013 PAKISTAN 160 houses and 2 churches burnt in Lahore: photos The Supreme Court of Pakistan has opened an investigation accusing the police of complicity within the attack. Photos of the arson attack.
Lahore (AsiaNews) - The Supreme Court of Pakistan accused the Punjab police of sheltering the criminals involved in the arson attack on the Christian Joseph Colony of Lahore , on last 9th march. At least 160 houses, 18 shops and two churches, one catholic and one Seventh day Adventist, were burnt. Below photos of the arson, received today by AsiaNews .
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