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Christians worry over reprisal attacks

An association of non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan yesterday expressed fears of a backlash against them if the U.S. carried out its threat to attack Iraq. “We are afraid that we may become targets of violence in the event of a war in Iraq,” All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) chairman Shahbaz Bhatti told a news conference. Bhatti and a number of other Christian leaders who spoke on the occasion underlined that like other Pakistanis they abhor the threat to invade Iraq. “We abhor war like other fellow Pakistanis and we appeal to our brethren not to direct their anger against us in the event an attack is launched on Iraq,” Bishop John Victor Mal from the central Pakistani city of Multan said. “We do not know what will happen to us in the streets of Pakistan in the fallout of Iraq’s war. We sincerely pray for a miracle so that war is averted.” Full Story

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