» 04/10/2007, 00.00
A truly Passion-like Easter in Toba Tek Singh
Local Christians celebrate Holy Week with faith and religious fervour despite violent attacks against the community and false blasphemy charges against some of its members. A brother of one of the alleged blasphemers is arrested without charges.
Christian leaders urge Pakistan president to repeal blasphemy law
The Christian community has called a protest strike on 17 November in the wake of violence and destruction of churches and Christian places in Sangla Hill. The public security forces are under fire for their alleged inefficiency.
Punjab Christians urge government to visit their destroyed churches
The AsiaNews correspondent in Sangla Hill has gathered witness accounts and precise accusations from the Christian community there, which saw churches, convents and schools burned down and looted. "Blasphemy has nothing to do with it," they say. "It's all about persecution." Torture at the police headquarters was reported. (Photos were taken by our correspondent: the Christian community of Sangla Hill and their destroyed property).
"Government must intervene as blasphemy laws split country"
The Justice and Peace Commission is calling for the "abrogation of discriminatory laws" and "decisive government action". "All delays encourage extremists to divide the country in the name of religion".
Sangla Hill prepares for Christmas in Catholic Church destroyed by Muslims
The community is repairing the building which was attacked, to be able to celebrate Christmas there. But inter-faith tension remains high. 20 December has been earmarked as a day given over to solidarity for Christians in the affected village. The Archbishop of Lahore: if the government does not abrogate the blasphemy law, we will ask for compensation for innocent people who were condemned.
Archbishop of Canterbury: "Musharraf should review blasphemy law"
During his Pakistan visit, the Anglican leader has called on the government to rethink the blasphemy law after the attacks on the Christian community at Sangla Hill.
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