Five Pakistani Christian families were forced to flee their homes after the teenager from one of the families was accused of blasphemy.
According to reports, the families from the village of Sukheki in the Punjab province went into hiding last Friday after a fake Facebook page that resembled a news channel accused Sonu Arshad, 18, of blasphemy.
The account posted a picture of Arshad and asked local Muslims to “burn his church and give him the death penalty.”
The post angered the local Muslim community who formed a mob after Friday prayers, forcing the police to take control of the matter to prevent it getting out of hand.
Police have launched an investigation into who setup the Facebook page.
“The [...] influence of a given religion in a nation ought never to mean that citizens of another religion can be subject to discrimination in social life or, even worse, that violence against them can be tolerated.”...
- Pope Emeritus Benedict
“There is a very clear sense that people are nervous about the misuse of the blasphemy law, as a tool of politics or as a mob thing” he added, flanked by two Pakistani bishops. He earlier told reporters: “Equality under the law is very important.” ...
- Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
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- Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, Renowned Quranic scholar & Islamic modernist theologist