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Pakistan: wealthy Christians kidnapped to fund al-Qaida

September 07, 2011

Wealthy Pakistanis, including Christians, are being kidnapped by members of al-Qaida in order to gain ransom money for funding their operations, according to the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Citing the case of Irvin John--a Karachi layman who was kidnapped and released following a ransom payment--Father Mario Rodrigues said that “we are all exposed to this risk,” which has reached “alarming dimensions.”

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  • Posted by: rpp - Sep. 07, 2011 3:45 PM ET USA

    This is very sad, but not at all surprising. May God bring His peace to Pakistan.