Pakistan arrests clerics over beating of Christian couple

Pakistan arrests clerics over beating of Christian couple

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Police in Pakistan say officers have arrested two Muslim clerics for inciting a mob to attack a Christian couple on blasphemy charges.

Local police officer Farooq Ahmed said Saturday that the couple was beaten up & paraded around Makki, a village in Punjab province, on June 29. Ahmed said the intervention of police probably saved the couple's lives.

The incident apparently stemmed from the impoverished couple's use of an advertising banner as a form of household upholstery. The banner bore a phrase from the Quran & a Muslim visitor to the home told neighbors she saw the couple sitting on the Quranic verses. Two local clerics called for the couple to be punished, according to Ahmed.

Source: “Associated Press”