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Pakistan court demands 'blasphemy' rampage answers

Published on Mar 13, 2013 9:44 PM
 
A Pakistani Christian woman looks through her family belongings at a section of her home, after it was burnt by a mob two days earlier, in Badami Bagh, Lahore on March 11, 2013. Pakistan's top court on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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