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‘Brutal execution’ of 3 American Christians in Pakistan

Catholic World News - August 31, 2010

Three American Christians who were providing humanitarian relief in the flood-ravaged Swat valley in northern Pakistan were murdered on August 24 or 25, according to local sources. The Fides news agency described the murder of the volunteers as a “brutal execution.”

The militant organization Tehreek-e-Shariat-e-Nafaz-e-Mohammadi (Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Law), which the Pakistani government banned in 2002, is suspected in the attacks. Government officials have not yet released the names of the victims or their organization, according to a local source, because “they do not want to create panic in the world of humanitarian organizations and among donors, especially during this time of international mobilization for aid that is taking place.”

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has recommended that the US State Department place the Pakistan on its list of “countries of particular concern” because of egregious violations of religious freedom. The State Department has disregarded the recommendation.

Only 0.07% of the Islamic republic’s 159.6 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 31, 2010 7:50 PM ET USA

    Not only should Pakistan be added but Christians are facing similar things in India.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Aug. 31, 2010 6:50 PM ET USA

    Surely these mudrerous thugs couldn't be Muslim since we all know that Islam is a "religion of peace." When when the western world and us Christians wake up to the reality that Islam has been our enemy since it first rose up out of the dust and sand of the desert and started a reign of vicious conquest that eventually prompted the First Crusade.

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