Saturday, September 12, 2009

Church in Pakistan up in flames

An angry mob torched a church in Sambarial area of Sialkot over alleged desecration of the holy Quran, a private TV channel reported on Friday. According to the channel, a Christian boy snatched the holy Quran from a 10-year-old girl and allegedly disrespected it.

After the incident, an infuriated mob set a church on fire.  Police cordoned off the area to prevent any untoward incident, the channel reported.  Early last month, a Muslim mob had attacked a Christian neighbourhood in Gojra over reported desecration of the holy Quran in a nearby village.

Federal Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti has condemned the incident and directed the police and authorities to arrest the perpetrators and submit a report within 24 hours. (c) Daily Times Pakistan

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