Middle East

Drunken Quarrel Between Friends Sparks Pakistan's Biggest Religious Riot Since 2009

(UPDATED) Violence against religious minorities continues to rise, but some Christians have decided to fight back.

Update (April 24): The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) reports that a clash in a neighborhood called Franciscabad prompted Christians to fight back when Muslims attacked local shops and churches.

"This is virtually unheard of in Pakistan," CSM states. "In similar cases in the past, Christian leaders and priests have generally appealed for calm and encouraged the community to forgive. At the most, they will organize peaceful protests to record their outrage."

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Update (Mar. 15): The Legal Evangelistic Association Development (LEAD) of Pakistan has provided an initial report on last weekend's attacks on Christians' homes in Lahore, Pakistan, calling it an "episode of unspeakable violence."

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Update (Mar. 13): Salvation Army colonel and Pakistan territory director Robert J. Ward confirms that pastor Asghar Nizam Ranjha has been relocated after "unfounded" charges of blasphemy against him. Ward's full statement can be found at the bottom of this post.

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Update (Mar. 11): Morning Star News offers ...

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