15 Christians held in Pakistan under blasphemy law

| | Lahore

Pakistani police have arrested 15 Christians and booked 45 other members of the minority community under the controversial blasphemy law for allegedly desecrating Muslim graves in a village in Punjab province, sparking tension in the area.

The case was registered after a local cleric filed a complaint alleging that the Christians had desecrated over 400 Muslim graves to occupy the land in Chak village in Faisalabad, about 150 kilometres from Lahore.  Condemning the registration of case, a rights group alleged that “fake” blasphemy case was filed against them on the pressure of the cleric and Muslims as they did not want the land allocated to Christians.  



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