LAHORE: The High Court of Peshawar ruling in favor of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for assuming control of the church-owned historical Edwardes College in Peshawar continues to draw a strong reaction from the Pakistani Christian community living in the country and in other parts of the world.
On Tuesday Christian community leaders called on the government to restore the control of Peshawar’s Edwardes College back to church authorities.
The statements were given as addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club, by some community representatives.
Bishop Abraham Daniel of the Sahiwal Baptist Church, former Lahore Bishop Alexander John Malik, Presbyterian Church of Pakistan Moderator Reverend Dr. Majeed Abel, minority lawmaker Khalil Tahir Sindhu and other representatives of the Christian community addressed during the event.
“We have records certifying that Edwardes College is a church property and “if its status is not restored then we will have no option but to protest,” addressing to reporters, Dr. Abel said.
“The college should be handed over to the church in accordance with the constitution and Supreme Court rulings which state that any property which falls under jurisdiction of a religious body cannot be taken over by the government,” he further said.
In address Bishop Abraham Daniel, criticized the KP government for grabbing the church property illegally and forcefully.
“All Christians solidly demand the return of Edwardes College to the Church of Pakistan. The Imran Khan government should walk it was talked on the protection of rights of minorities in Pakistan by him,” he said.
EDWARDES COLLEGE IS PRIDE OF PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS:
National Council of Churches-Pakistan President Rt Rev Bishop Dr. Azad Marshall had also demanded the return of the Edwardes College to the church, on Friday.
In a press conference, Dr. Marshall elaborated that “he was optimistic that Prime Minister Imran Khan will personally look into the Edwardes College issue and hand over its control back to the church.”
We hope that the prime minister will consider the services of our people in the education sector and help us in restoring the lost glory of the institute.
Because, “The Edwardes College has always been the pride of the Pakistani Christian community.”
I have confidence in that the church can turnaround Edwardes College into another great institution like the Forman Christian College (FCC) in Lahore,” he said, adding that it would also help in boosting the confidence of the Christian community in the Pakistani state.