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Dozens Arrested In Pakistan Over Killing Of Christian Couple


Pakistani Police inspect the brick kiln where a Christian couple was burnt alive for alleged blasphemy, in Kot Radha Kishan, near Kasur, on November 4, 2014.

Pakistani police have arrested more than 40 suspects in connection with the killing of a Christian couple accused of desecrating the Koran.

Authorities say a Muslim mob beat Shehzad Masih and his wife Shama to death and burned their bodies on November 4 in the Punjab province town of Kot Radha Kishan, in the latest example of mob violence against minorities accused of blasphemy.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called the murder "an unacceptable crime."

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has formed a committee he says will fast-track the investigation and ordered police to beef up security int Christian neighborhoods.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in the majority Muslim country, with even unproven allegations often prompting mob violence.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dawn.com, and the BBC
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