ISLAMABAD - Police in Pakistan arrested dozens of people on Wednesday after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran.
Blasphemy is a serious offense in conservative Muslim Pakistan where those accused are sometimes lynched on the spot.
Local media reported the Christian couple were accused of burning a copy of the Koran and throwing it in a rubbish bin in the province of Punjab on Tuesday.
Police said their bodies were set on fire in a brick kiln.
"We have arrested 44 people, it was a local issue incited by the mullah of a local mosque," Jawad Qamar, a regional police chief, told Reuters.
"No particular sectarian group or religious outfit was behind the attack."