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Christmas Is a Big Hit in Islamic Republic of Pakistan

By Clip Syndicate
Christmas is embraced in certain parts of Pakistani society, especially among the wealthy and educated. Paradoxically, the country is also seeing an uptick in violence against its nearly 4 million Christians as some use the country's controversial "Blasphemy Law" to marginalize and oppress their non-Muslim countrymen. Christmas kiosks spring up every holiday season. The Kohsar market in the capital Islamabad, where the elite can buy everything from non-alcoholic eggnog to Santa masks to 20-feet Christmas trees, sits next to mosques, a paramilitary special forces post and a butcher selling "halal" meat prepared to comply with Muslim dietary laws. But while the well-heeled embrace the holidays' glitz and glitter, the country's beleaguered Christians are struggling to cling to their traditions.

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