Christmas Is a Big Hit in Islamic Republic of Pakistan
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|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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