Protesters say government has failed to protect minorities following destruction of 150 Christian homes in Lahore.
Hundreds of Christians in Pakistan protesting against the burning of their homes by a mob over alleged blasphemous remarks made against Prophet Muhammad have clashed with police in at least two cities. Police fired tear gas canisters and used batons to disperse almost a thousand demonstrators who had gathered in Karachi and Lahore, and took six protesters into custody. In Lahore, hundreds of protesters, some carrying large crucifixes, blocked a main highway as they pressed their demands for better compensation payments from the government following the destruction of their homes, police official Malik Awais said. Smaller demonstrations were held in the capital, Islamabad, and the adjoining city of Rawalpindi.
The protesters called on Pakistan’s government to better protect minorities. Local Christian pastor Khalid Masih said it was “quite clear that [the] government of Pakistan has failed to protect the rights of the minorities.”
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