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Pakistan: 2 Christians accused of blasphemy released

Catholic World News - July 20, 2010

After determining that the accusations were false, police in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan have released two Christians accused of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed. Rashid Emmanuel, a Protestant pastor, and his brother, Sajid Emmanuel, were arrested on July 4 and freed on July 19.

Following their arrest, Islamic militants threw stones at a Catholic parish in a suburb of Faisalabad, the nation’s third largest city. Fearful of a resumption of the anti-Christian violence of last summer, some Catholic families have left the area temporarily.

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