Anti-Christian rallies and processions continue throughout Pakistan in protest of a Quran burning.
After a June 28 incident in Sweden in which pages from the Quran were publicly burned, protests have swept across Pakistan.
The prime minister urged the organization of large rallies and convened a joint parliamentary session on July 7 to protest the burning. During these rallies, angry protesters desecrated crosses and insulted Christianity. Christians across the country are bracing for attacks. Haroon Shahzad, a Christian, fled after being charged with blasphemy on June 30 for posting a Bible verse online. Christians in and near Sargodha have been unable to leave their homes because of dangerous protests over an anonymous anti-Islam message left on a local mosque. Christian street-sweepers in Hasilpur have been pulled from duty.