Friday, April 06, 2007

Pakistan's law enforcement agency has charged five Christian men under the country's Islamic blasphemy laws

Press TV:

A case was registered against the Christians for allegedly using "inappropriate languages" and disrupting a procession celebrating the Prophet Mohammed's birthday on Sunday in Toba Tek Sing district, near Faisalabad city, AFP reported.

"We arrested one of them and the other four accused managed to escape," said a police official, Aslam Shankar.

Blasphemy is punishable by death under the laws of overwhelmingly Muslim Pakistan, although no one has ever been executed for the crime.

In June 2006 two clerics stabbed to death a Muslim man in the rural town of Muzaffargarh when police brought him to the court to face blasphemy charges.

Christians make up less than three percent of Pakistan's 160 million populations.

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