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ICC Note: The brutal killing of a Christian couple at a brick kiln in Kasur, Pakistan has again renewed the fear that Christians across Pakistan live under. Accusations of blasphemy far too often are used to settle personal scores, and for Christians the threat is especially dangerous. 

11/07/2014 Pakistan (BBC) The fertile landscape in Chak 59 of Kasur district in the Punjab province is dotted with hundreds of brick kilns.

The factories, owned by powerful landlords, are notorious for thriving on “bonded labour”. Hundreds of thousands of people have remained locked in a cycle of debt and poverty for decades.

Rights groups call it a form of modern-day slavery.

Until last week, Sajjad Mesih and his wife Shama, a married Christian couple in their 30s, worked at one such brick kiln.

For years, they got up at dawn, laboured in harsh conditions through the day and finished up at dusk. That was their routine – every day, seven days a week. It was a life of debt and poverty that they hated.

On Tuesday, they were lynched and burnt to death there by a mob on allegations of blasphemy.…

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