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US commission documents violence against Pakistan’s religious minorities

Catholic World News - July 22, 2013

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has published a report documenting incidents of violence against religious minorities in Pakistan between January 2012 and June 2013.

75% of Pakistan’s 190 million people are Sunni Muslims, while 20% are Shia Muslims.

“The findings are sobering: 203 incidents of sectarian violence resulting in more than 1,800 casualties, including over 700 deaths,” the commission found. “The Project’s findings paint a grim and challenging picture for the new government of Prime Minister Newaz Sharif.”

The report found that Christians were the object of 37 of the 203 attacks.

The report “is not exhaustive and some acts of violence are certain to have been overlooked,” the commission acknowledged.

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