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Pakistani Minister Blames Militants For Attacks on Christians 

ICC Note

Its true that Islamic militants are responsible for several attacks against Christians. At the same time, the Pakistani government has fueled the attacks against Christians by enacting laws that discriminate against Christians, and failing to bring the attackers of Christians to justice.

09/17/2010 Pakistan (AKI)- The Taliban and Al Qaeda militant groups are partly to be blamed for recent violent attacks on Christians in Pakistan, visiting Pakistani Minority Rights Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who is a Catholic, told reporters here.

‘The responsibility for violence against ethnic and religious minorities is connected to independence movements and foreign terrorist groups like the Taliban,’ Bhatti said Tuesday.

Two people, including a policeman, were injured last Sunday in a bomb blast at a Christian church near Mardan in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous pamphlet critical of the Prophet Mohammed were shot dead in July outside a court in eastern Pakistan.

In August 2009, eight Christians were burned alive after being accused of blasphemy.

Sectarian assaults have especially targeted Pakistan’s minority Shia Muslims. Earlier this month, more than 70 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a Shia rally in the western city of Quetta.

Following a meeting with Bhatti, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini Monday announced that his government would present a resolution to the UN that protects the rights of Pakistan’s religious minorities.

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