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Pakistani Christian freed of blasphemy charge, but danger of violence remains

Catholic World News - April 18, 2011

A Pakistani Christian who was arrested earlier this month on blasphemy charges has been set free, after supporters produced multiple witnesses to testify that he had been falsely accused.

The charge against Arif Masih was apparently brought by a neighbor with whom he had a dispute. Although free from prosecution, Masih remains in danger from Islamic extremists; he and his family are in hiding.

Violence against Christians flared in a town in Punjab, where Islamic zealots disputed a Palm Sunday service. When Christians protested the assault, police arrested 12 Christians.

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