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Christians demand separate province in Pakistan to protect them from persecution
The Telegraph ^ | 08/31/2012 | Rob Crilly, Islamabad

Posted on 08/31/2012 6:55:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Pakistan's embattled Christian minority have launched a campaign for a separate province to protect them from persecution after a wave of brutal attacks and arrests for blasphemy.

A 14-year-old girl is being held in prison after being accused of burning a copy of the Koran and last week the body of an 11-year-old Christian boy was found in Punjab bearing torture marks.

The demand for a separate province, although unlikely to succeed, is a further blow to the ideal of Pakistan's founding father, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, of a secular country that would be home to India's Muslims but where all would be free to worship their own religion.

The move is the brainchild of Younus Masih Bhatti, president of the Pakistan United Christian Welfare Association, who wants a government commission on new provinces to consider the plight of Christians.

"So, keeping in view the two million Christians in the country and a sense of insecurity among them, there is a requirement for a separate province for them so that they can enjoy equal rights like the majority," he said. On Thursday, human rights campaigners renewed calls for Rimsha Masih, the girl accused of blasphemy, to be released after a bail hearing was adjourned until Saturday leaving her imprisoned in a high-security jail alongside murderers and terrorists.

Her parents say Rimsha is only 11 and was born with Down's syndrome.

However, a medical report which said Rimsha's mental age was below her physical age of 14 and that she should be treated as a minor was challenged in court by a lawyer for the man accusing her of burning the Koran.

Rao Abdur Raheem said: "If you burn me, I will forgive you, but if you burn our Koran, then I will fight a legal battle to seek maximum punishment

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: christians; pakistan

1 posted on 08/31/2012 6:55:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Christians are being persecuted by Muslims all over the World. This should alarm anyone with a sense of human decency.

2 posted on 08/31/2012 7:19:53 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: popdonnelly

Good luck trying to ever find a story about this in the so called Main stream media.

If you ever find a story about religious violence they either downplay the M word or make it seem like both sides are equally to blame.

3 posted on 08/31/2012 7:41:33 AM PDT by desertfreedom765
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To: desertfreedom765

Wrong. Its all over the world media including British and Indian media. Only Americans clueless.

4 posted on 09/02/2012 7:44:28 PM PDT by ravager
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