As cartoon protests continue in Pakistan , Christians are seeking refuge from the violence against them in newly-opened center.
Christian Crisis Centres Open In Pakistan to Prevent Spread of Cartoon Protests
Christian Today (03/01/06)
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As Christian communities in Pakistan face increasing persecution, Protestant and Catholic leaders have united in new plans to open up crisis centres across the country to prevent the spread of attacks triggered by the cartoon controversy.
The bold new measures follow two weeks of violent attacks, as Christian communities across the country have fallen victim to angry mobs.
The crisis centres will monitor relations between Muslims and minority groups and are designed to enable fast action at the ground level to prevent localised disputes from degenerating into wider attacks of violence, said Aid to the Church in Need UK.
Bishop Anthony Lobo of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, will lead the working party responsible for establishing and developing the nationwide network of crisis centres.
He is confident that the scheme will give greater support to the countrys over-burdened security system, said ACN.
Bishop Lobo is certain the crisis centres will help prevent violent attacks on Christians in the country accused of breaking the highly controversial Blasphemy Law, which metes out harsh punishment for any insults to the Prophet and the Koran.
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