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Muslims Attack Christian School over Charlie Cartoons


Some 300 armed Muslim students attacked a Christian boys' school in northern Pakistan in retaliation to French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's controversial drawings of Mohammed.

According to the Christian Post, the incident took place at Panel High School, which is located in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least four boys were injured and the school was badly damaged.

Nasir Saeed, director of the NGO Center for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement (CLAAS), called the attacks "sad."

"It is very sad that Islamic radicals attack Pakistani Christians because of Charlie Hebdo. Christians condemn the blasphemous cartoons," he told Fides News Agency.

"It is a shame that even after 67 years since the birth of Pakistan, Christians have not yet been considered Pakistani citizens, but are seen as 'Western allies,'" he said.

Saeed explained that such attacks on Pakistan's minority Christian community are not uncommon.

"Whenever incidents occur in Western countries, the faithful Pakistanis are attacked. Christians, who are already living under constant fear for their lives, become even more vulnerable," the CLAAS director said.

"It is the politicians' duty to create a cultural environment and a society in which Christians and religious minorities feel safe," he added.

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