» 09/12/2009, 00.00
Punjab, Muslim extremists burn church over alleged blasphemy case
The call to hunt Christians launched at local mosque after the Friday prayers. The mob stormed and set fire to the church, ransacked two houses. Muslims accuse a young Christian had desecrated the Koran. In reality the young man is involved with a Muslim girl.
Governor of Punjab; the law on blasphemy should be abolished
Salman Taseer: "exploited" by extremists to target religious minorities, who instead should be "protected". Christian leaders: “important statements”. The cancellation of the norm is decided by the central government which must "inform" the citizens of the violence. The list of anti-Christian persecution in the Punjab.
Collusion between police and extremists cause of deaths in judicial custody, Pakistani NGO says
A human rights group expresses concern over “increasing incidents of violence” against religious minorities. Fanatics enjoy impunity thanks to complicitous prison guards. The government is blamed for not prosecuting people responsible for such crimes. Police has not yet registered a first information report on the murder of a 20-year-old Christian man in Sialkot prison.
New cases of violence and torture against Pakistani Christians
Instead of investigating, local authorities engage in cover-ups. In some cases, international organisations ignore the plight of Christians.
10/12/2004 PAKISTAN HUMAN RIGHTS
Religious minorities, persecuted and marginalised
Non-Muslims are marginalised from the country's political and social life despite guarantees for equal rights and obligations under the 1947 constitution.
Christians remember Bishop Joseph's sacrifice
Bishop killed himself seven years ago to protest against blasphemy law. We must continue his struggle, says Kasur parish priest.
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