PAKISTAN: Fifteen Christians held on blasphemy charges
Prejudice against Christians has flared up again in Pakistan as Faisalabad police arrested 15 Christians and booked 45 others under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws. This incident resulted from a Muslim cleric’s complaint alleging the desecration of some 400 Muslim graves.
Human rights group Human Liberation Commission Pakistan (HLCP) strongly condemned the blasphemy allegations as “fake”, saying that local Muslims just did not want the land allocated to Christians. According to HLCP, the police were under pressure from the cleric and local Muslims to file charges.