A boy sleeps in the narrow streets of a Christian community in Gojra town Punjab province August 3, 2009.
Pakistani missionary schools closed on Monday for three days to mourn the deaths of seven Christians burnt alive in clashes with majority Muslims, and Pope Benedict said he was "deeply grieved" by the killings. Four women and a child were among those killed in the violence that broke out in Gojra on Saturday, after Muslims torched Christians' homes following unsubstantiated allegations some of them had desecrated the Koran.
Pakistan’s parliament has unanimously condemned the attacks against Christians as an inquiry gets underway to quickly find the culprits. Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari announces a compensation package for victims’ families. In spite of all of this Pakistani Christians continue to endure violence and discrimination as the death toll in Gojra rose to eight. For human rights activists and minority leaders blasphemy laws are the cause of the problem.
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