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Circuits Deny Asylum To Alleged Victims| Of Sectarian Violence In Pakistan

(CN) - The First and Sixth Circuits denied asylum to two Pakistani petitioners who claimed they were victims of sectarian violence.

In Boston the First Circuit concluded that Muhammad Butt, a Sunni Muslim, failed to establish past persecution based on his refusal to sell his building to a Shia.

The Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati upheld the denial of Aftab Ahmed Mohammed's asylum petition after he was beaten by a mob for praying in a Sunni mosque. Mohammed, a Shia, claimed he was chased out of the mosque anddetained by police until his sister paid a bribe to get him out.

The circuit dismissed his case, saying the Pakistani government never sanctioned the mob. See rulings in Butt v. Keisler and Mohammed v. Keisler.

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