Pakistan Court Demands ‘Blasphemy’ Rampage Answers

March 19, 2013

From the Global Post:

Pakistan's top court 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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