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Taliban promises more attacks on schools

CHARSADDA (Agencies): “I was so afraid. My country is not safe, so how will I feel safe?” a student, Khyam Mashal, was quoted by CNN as saying following the January 20 attack by four suspected Taliban gunmen on Bacha Khan University Charsadda, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest of the Pakistan.

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Pakistan lifts YouTube ban

Islamabad (UCAN): In a move welcomed by Church officials, the government of Pakistan lifted its three-year ban on YouTube on January 18 following the launch of a localised version of the popular video-sharing website

A statement the Ministry of Information Technology said, “Google has recently launched a country (localised) version of YouTube and confirmed that YouTube.pk does not contain any known copies of the blasphemous movie Innocence of Muslims.” 

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Parish built thanks to Muslim generosity

 

FAILSALABAD (Agencies): The parish of Arooj-e-Mariam founded thanks to the good will and assistance with funding from local Muslims in Faisalabad, Pakistan, celebrated its 25th anniversary on December 21 last year.

In order to mark the occasion, parishioners have passed around the hat and have built a small grotto as a meeting place for prayer.

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Acquittal of child on blasphemy charges good precedent

 

ISLAMABAD (AsiaNews): Paul Bhatti, the special adviser to the prime minister of Pakistan on national harmony, called the acquittal of Rimsha Masih, a 14-year-old Catholic girl reported to be suffering from a mental disability, on charges of blasphemy by the High Court in Islamabad, on November 20, a source of double satisfaction.

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Bad year for religious freedom in Asia

 

ROME (UCAN): A new report released on October 17 in Rome by Aid to the Church in Need on the religious freedom of minority groups in Asia says that persecution of Christians has continued or worsened in many countries in Asia during the past 12 months.

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