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Two Christians arrested in Pakistan for blasphemy after mob burns Churches

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Fidel Rahmati
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FILE PHOTO: People and members of the media gather along a street in a Christian neighbourhood, a day after the church buildings and houses were vandalised by protesters in Jaranwala, Pakistan August 17, 2023. REUTERS/Muhammad Tahir/File Photo

On Friday, Pakistani police took two Christian brothers facing blasphemy accusations into custody. This action followed two days after a Muslim mob set fire to churches and houses, alleging that the brothers had committed acts of desecration against the Holy Quran.

According to the police, pages of the Quran were discovered on the street bearing derogatory remarks written in red ink.

Additionally, an appended page included personal details such as names, addresses, and national identity card numbers of the individuals involved, as stated by Provincial Police Chief Usman Anwar.

The police are probing the reasons behind attaching the names and addresses, Reuters reported. TwReuters’ts have been placed in police custody for a week by court order, confirmed a government spokesperson.

Blasphemy is a capital offence in Pakistan, but no executions have occurred. Angry mobs have lynched many accused individuals. Notably, a former provincial governor and a minority affairs minister were fatally shot while attempting blasphemy law reforms.

According to Usman Anwar, the head of Punjab province police, more than 80 Christian homes and 19 churches in Pakistan were vandalized after a Muslim mob alleged blMuslim’srelated rampage this week.

“The events that unfold”d were tragic. Violence like this can never be justified,” he told AFP, adding t” at he will visit Jaranwala city on Sunday to support the Christian community.
Anwar said he interrogated two Christian brothers accused of desecrating the Quran “to avoid accusations o” torture.”

Meanwhile, 128 people”have been arrested in connection with the incidents of violence, police reported.

This comes after an enraged mob of Muslim men rampaged through the streets of Jaranwala, a town on the outskirts of the industrial city of Faisalabad in Pakistan. This resulted in the displacement of numerous members of Pakistan’s Christian miPakistan’s homes and churches set ablaze.

Hundreds of Christians who fled the settlement have since started returning home, Akmal Bhatti, a community leader, told Reuters.

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