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Pakistan Christians Fearful as Mob Burns Man for Blasphemy

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“Rights groups and church leaders in Pakistan feared Thursday, July 12, more killings of Christians and others for ‘insulting Islam’ after a Pakistani mob burned a man to death for alleged blasphemy,” BosNewsLife reports.

By Xavier P. William

7/12/2012 Pakistan (BosNewsLife) – Rights groups and church leaders in Pakistan feared Thursday, July 12, more killings of Christians and others for “insulting Islam” after a Pakistani mob burned a man to death for alleged blasphemy.

A 2,000-strong Pakistani mob reportedly snatched Ghulam Abbas from the police station on the outskirts of Pakistan’s Bahawalpur city where he was held on charges of publicly burning a copy of the Koran, deemed a holy book by Muslims.

The mentally unstable man was beaten and dragged to the spot where allegedly he desecrated the Koran, police said. Soon after the mob poured petrol on him and set him on fire, according to witnesses.

People reportedly looked as Abbas, who was in his early 40s, screamed for help.

In a statement, police station chief Ghulam Mohiuddin said he had been unable to prevent the  July 3 incident. He said the crowd “ransacked the police station” and also set fire to several motorcycles and vehicles parked in the police station.

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