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Muslims seek to seize Pakistani Christian hospital

Catholic World News - July 05, 2011

A Muslim group tried to seize control of a hospital run by a Presbyterian missionary group in Pakistan, bringing charges that the hospital had been sold. The effort was foiled only after local police arrested hospital administrators at the prompting of the Muslim instigators.

The Christian Hospital of Taxila, outside Islamabad, was targeted by a team of Muslim financiers, who claimed to have purchased the property. After local officials began enforcing the claim, a stream of protest by Christian leaders—led by Bishp Rufin Anthony of Islamabad, prompted officials to investigate the claims, and find that the hospital had not been sold.

Christian leaders in the region were pleased with the outcome of the controversy, but shaken by the blatant attempt to seize an institution. “Religious sentiments against Christians were exploited for petty self-interest," one activist told AsiaNews.

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