(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 and detained 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.