International | Christian homes and churches devastated by Muslim rioters
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/22/97, 12:00 am
For the first time in 20 years, Pakistanis beginning this month took the day off on Sunday. For two decades, Friday, the Muslim holy day, had been the traditional day off in this officially Islamic country of 140 million people. The change is no bow to the Christian Sabbath, however. It is part of a government effort to increase Pakistan's economic competitiveness. Idle Fridays, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, reduced Pakistan's ability to compete on the international market.