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|Hundreds Of Christians Hiding In Pakistan After Girl's Arrest|
|Topic Started: Aug 20 2012, 11:28 AM (65 Views)|
|shure||Aug 20 2012, 11:28 AM Post #1|
Hundreds Of Christians Hiding In Pakistan After Girl's Arrest
By Mark Memmott, August 20, 2012
Aamir Qureshi /AFP/Getty Images
In the Islamabad slum where a Christian girl is accused of burning some Muslim verses, the gate to her family's home is locked and the people who live there have fled
"Hundreds of Pakistani Christians are hiding out at a priest's compound, praying for the safety of an 11-year-old member of their community" who is in police custody, NPR's Lauren Freyer reports from Islamabad. The Christians also fear their own safety.
The cause of anger directed toward them by some in the Muslim nation: The girl may have burned some Islamic religious materials. According to The Associated Press:
"A Pakistani police officer, Zabi Ullah, said Monday that the girl was arrested Thursday after hundreds of neighbors, angry over reports she had allegedly burned religious papers, gathered outside her house in a poor outlying district of the capital, Islamabad.
"He said the police took the girl to the police station, and that she's being held for 14 days while authorities investigate."
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