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Militant Muslims terrorize Pakistani Christians, priest reports

March 30, 2011

Pakistan is under siege by a “kind of Mafia” of Islamic extremists, according to a prominent Catholic priest there.

Militant Muslims are responsible for the deaths of prominent public figures like Shahbaz Bhatti and Salman Taseer, Father Bonnie Mendes told the AsiaNews service. These killings, he said, have raised fears that any other politician who dares to challenge the nation’s blasphemy law will suffer the same fate.

Father Mendes—the former executive secretary of the Pakistani bishops’ justice-and-peace commission—said that the militants “cause suffering for the whole nation.” The government is unable to control their activities, he said.


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