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Gulf Tension Scares Christians in Pakistan

Pakistani Christians, many of whom were killed in reprisal attacks after the United States offensive against neighbouring Afghanistan, live in fear of vengeance attacks by Islamists in the event of an attack on Iraq. Warned Christian leader and war veteran in the south Asian nation, Cecil Chaudhary, ” I see terrible things happening if Iraq is invaded, including attacks on our churches and even our homes. Any attack on Iraq is going to signify to the extremists, rightly or wrongly, that this is a war of Christianity against Islam.” Leader of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance Shahbaz Bhatti claimed 40 Christians had been killed and more than 100 injured in attacks in Pakistan last year, alleging that the government had done nothing to give them protection. ” I am against a U.S attack on Iraq for it would not solve anything, but would put at risk the security of minorities in Pakistan. If there is an attack on Iraq, there will be more killings and attacks on Christians” he predicted. Full Story

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