Christians want church built in Bajaur Khar

The Christian community leaders stated though they had migrated to the region from different areas of the country, they considered Bajaur as their native home

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KHAR: The Christian community has communicated dismay over delay in construction of a church, a community Centre and a graveyard in Bajaur tribal district.

A ceremony was held at the civil colony here the other day relating with Christmas day and attended by members of the Christian community, tribal elders, social and political activists.

PTI officials Guldad Khan, Gul Zafar Khan and assistant commissioner Anwarul Haq were also present.

The speakers, including Pakistan Minority Alliance, Bajaur chapter president Parvez Maseh, Jamil Bismil and Jamil Maseh, said that the purpose of the event was to promote interfaith harmony in the district and to apprise the lawmakers and the officials about the issues the minority community was facing in present days.

They highlighted out over 500 families belonging to different minority communities, the most of Christians had been living in the district for the last four decades but they had been depressed of basic comforts of life.

The Christian community leaders stated though they had migrated to the region from different areas of the country, they considered Bajaur as their native home.

They emphasized out that the Christians had no church, community centre and graveyard in the district, which was causing troubles to them in performing of their religious services and burying their dead.

They demanded that construction of church, the community centre and allocation of land for graveyard had been approved by then political agent Mohammad Yaha Akhunzada in December, 2014 but still the project was yet to be implemented. They asked the lawmakers and the officials to take notice of the absence of basic amenities to the Christian community in the district.

The PTI lawmakers explained that they were committed to the welfare of minorities in the district as they were equal citizens of the country.

They assured them to make all out efforts for early construction for the church, community centre and graveyard as well.

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