Pakistan to compensate Christians who lost homes in rioting over Quran desecration

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Islamabad, Aug 21: Authorities in Pakistan are promising 2 million rupees ($6,800) in compensation for each of nearly 100 poor Christians who lost their homes when a Muslim mob angered over the alleged desecration of a Quran stormed their neighborhoods, burning at least 19 churches and damaging houses, offi cials said Monday. Police said they have arrested dozens more rioters in ongoing raids, bringing the total number of detainees to 160. Last week’s attack was one of the most destructive in the country’s history. The violence drew nationwide condemnation, with caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar ordering the arrest of all those linked to the rioting. (AP)

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