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Pakistan Human Rights director says extremists threaten Christians if Pakistan helps US


Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan have threatened to attack Christian churches if their government assists the United States in its search for Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden, said the director of the Pakistani bishops' human rights office.

Fr Khalid Rashid Asi, the director, said fundamentalist groups have issued a warning to Pakistani President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar that if he allows the United States to use Pakistani air space or allows US ground troops to attack Afghanistan from Pakistan, the fundamentalists will attack Christian churches and buildings.

"The fundamentalists see us as being from America. They see America as being a Christian country, so they believe that we receive all our funding and support from the United States," Fr Asi said.

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20-Sep-01