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Over 100 homes burned in anti-Christian rampage in Pakistan

Catholic World News - March 11, 2013

A mob of 3,000 Muslims attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, after a Christian was arrested on charges of committing blasphemy against Muhammad.

Over 100 homes were burned down, and at least 120 people were hospitalized with burn injuries.

“We condemn acts of violence of this kind and we call on the government to ensure the safety of citizens, and especially of religious minorities,” said Bishop Sebastian Francis Shah, auxiliary bishop and apostolic administrator of the archdiocese. “There are people who want to take the law in their own hands and who believe they are above the law. It is a very sad incident that disrupts our city. Innocent people are not safe in their home. We express all our support and solidarity to the affected families.”

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