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Mar 11, 2013 13:30
Category: Religious News

Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of Christians have clashed with police across Pakistan after a Muslim mob burned dozens of Christian homes in retaliation for alleged insults against Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Christians are often the target of Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, which rights activists say are frequently used to persecute religious minorities or settle personal disputes. Politicians have been reluctant to reform the laws for fear of being attacked by religious radicals.

On Friday, a Muslim in the eastern city of Lahore accused a Christian man of blasphemy — an offense punishable by life in prison or even death. A day later, hundreds of angry Muslims rampaged through the Christian neighborhood, burning about 170 houses.

No Christians were hurt in Saturday's attack because they fled the area overnight before the mob arrived. But police were criticized for failing to prevent the mob from attacking the Christians' homes.