Victims of Pakistan Muslim Mob Attack Receive Aid

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Pakistan's Christians are rising up after a Muslim mob attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore this weekend.

Hundreds of rampaging Muslims tore though the Christian community Saturday, destroying nearly 200 homes.

The mob was fueled by the arrest of a Christian man on charges that he blasphemed Islam's prophet, Mohammed.

Most Christians fled their homes before the attack and there were no reports of deaths. On Sunday, they marched in the streets of Islamabad and other cities calling for justice.

CBN Disaster Relief is sending aid to the Christians who lost their homes in the Islamic mob attack.The $20,000 gift will help provide food, clothing and temporary shelter for the families.

Javed Rauf, managing director of the Lahore-based Jesus Christ TV Pakistan, is working with CBN to distribute the aid. Rauf told CBN News that the people have lost everything and have nowhere to go. Click play to see his interview with CBN News International Correspondent Gary Lane.

"Of course, this is quite clear that government of Pakistan has failed to protect the rights of the minorities," one of the protestors, Pastor Khalid Masih, said. "Minorities are the responsibility of the government."

"This is their job and responsibility to protect them," he continued. "And if 200 houses have been burned in the presence of the police, that is a clear indication that it is failure of the government."

Blasphemy against Mohammed, a serious crime in Pakistan, carries the death penalty. Blasphemy laws are often used as an excuse to persecute Christians.

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of three, has been facing a death sentence since her blasphemy conviction three years ago.

Those who stand up against the laws also risk their lives. Shabaz Bhatti, a Christian and Pakistan's minister for minorities, was murdered after protesting Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

Gary Lane, CBN News Sr. International Reporter, shares his thoughts on the plight of persecuted Christians in Pakistan, March 11. Watch full interview here. 

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