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Christians accused of blasphemy in Pakistan; store destroyed

Catholic World News - November 06, 2013

Two Christians who own a fireworks store in a village near the northeastern Pakistani city of Wazirabad were accused of blasphemy after wedding guests discovered that their fireworks were wrapped in pages of the Qur’an, according to an AsiaNews report.

The guests immediately destroyed the store.

“We do not manufacture fireworks, we buy them from a factory near Gujranwala and we do not know what materials they use,” said Tariq Masih, one of the owners. “Moreover, these factories are owned by Muslims and no Christian works inside there.”

“We have not even touched the pages of the Qur’an,” he added. “The idea of using these pages for fireworks is beyond all imagination because we are well aware of the consequences.”

UCA News reported that police have arrested the other store owner, Arif Masih, and have detained another brother of Tariq Masih until he turns himself in.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Nov. 06, 2013 8:31 AM ET USA

    Notice: The police arrested the STORE OWNERS, not the thuggish wedding guests who took the law into their own hands and destroyed the business! This is the bizarre notion of normalcy that Mohammedanism fosters. Islam is simply incompatible with any standards of decency and civility common to the West. Does that mean Western thought and culture is superior? Of course, and the West had best wake up to that fact before it is too late.

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