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  • Churches vandalised in Pakistan
  • Ruckus over blasphemy charges
  • Mob ransacks, defaces churches

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Video from the spot now going viral on social media shows an armed mob, ransacking, demolishing and defacing the structures. 

Churches vandalised in Pakistan over blasphemy allegations

Multiple churches have been vandalised in the Jaranwala district of Pakistan's Faisalabad on Wednesday over blasphemy allegations, Pakistan-based Dawn reported citing officials.

Speaking to Dawn, Imran Bhatti, the pastor of the Jaranwala tehsil said that the Salvation Army Church, United Presbyterian Church, Allied Foundation Church and Shehroonwala Church located in Isa Nagri region were ransacked. Bhatti further said that the house of a Christian cleaner, who was accused of blasphemy, has also been demolished.

Punjab police chief Usman Anwar said that the police were holding negotiations with the protesters and the area had been cordoned off.

Speaking to Dawn, the provincial police chief said, "There are narrow lanes [in the area] in which small two to three marla churches are located and there is one main church … they have vandalised portions of the churches."

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