Senators blast Pakistan's blasphemy law

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The girl's arrest comes as Pakistani relations with the United States were barely starting to improve after reaching a low-point after the Osama bin Laden raid and the accidental killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers by U.S. troops last year. The letter also denounces the forced departure of Christians in the girl's neighborhood and recent violence against Hindus and Ahmadis, an Islamic sect seen as heretical by many Muslims.

The letter was signed by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Robert Casey (D-Penn.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.).