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Christians beaten to death for allegedly desecrating Qur’an in Pakistan

Posted by doctore0 on November 5, 2014

Religion of peace….

A Muslim mob beat a Christian couple to death in Pakistan and burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked for allegedly desecrating a Qur’an, police have said.

The attack in Kot Radha Kishan, 40 miles south-west of Lahore, is the latest example of violence against minorities accused of blasphemy.

“A mob attacked a Christian couple after accusing them of desecration of the holy Qur’an and later burnt their bodies at a brick kiln where they worked,” local police station official Bin-Yameen said.

Another police official confirmed the incident. The victims were only identified by their first names, Shama and Shehzad, and were married.

Pakistan’s brick-kiln workers are often subject to harsh practices. A study by the Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan estimated that 4.5 million are indentured labourers.

Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has constituted a three-member committee to fast track the investigation of the killings and ordered police to increase security at Christian neighbourhoods in the province, an official from his media office said.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in the majority-Muslim country, with even unproven allegations often prompting violence.

Anyone convicted, or even just accused, of insulting Islam, risks a violent death at the hands of vigilantes.
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