Pakistan court demands 'blasphemy' rampage answers
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's top court on Wednesday ordered police and provincial officials to explain why they failed to prevent a riot in a Christian area of Lahore in which more than 100 homes were torched.
A mob of more than 3,000 furious Muslims rampaged through the Joseph Colony area of Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city, on Saturday looting property and burning buildings after a Christian was accused of blasphemy.
Three days went by between the blasphemy claims, which often provoke a violent public response in Pakistan, and the carnage in Joseph Colony.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the violence could have been avoided.