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Anglican leader says Pakistan minorities should have equal rights

Archbishop of Cantebury Justin Welby speaks during a press conference at the State House in Juba, South Sudan, on January 30, 2014Lahore (Pakistan) (AFP) – The Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday called for Pakistan to safeguard the rights of its religious minorities and afford them equal treatment under the law. Justin Welby, the leader of the world’s Anglicans, was on a two-day visit to the eastern city of Lahore where he met with church leaders, government officials and members of the minority Christian community. “Christians, historically, have given tremendous services to this country and I hope they can be given the scale of freedom and equal rights under the law,” he told AFP. Muslims constitute around 97 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million people and minorities face severe discrimination as well as violence.

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