Christian community celebrates Easter at KP

PESHAWAR: Members of the Christian community marked Easter on Sunday by attending a special mass with standard operating procedures in preparation for the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The main function was held at the 170-year-old St. John’s Cathedral Church in Peshawar Cantt, which is the oldest in the city as it was built between 1851 and 1860.

Hymns praising the glory of God were sung on this occasion. Special prayers were also offered for the integrity and prosperity of the country on this occasion.

Those who gathered in the main hall of the cathedral wore face masks and observed social distancing to stem the viral infection. The personnel of the Rescue 1122 service had specially disinfected the place of worship last year.

A social organization for youth development, “Bargad”, organized a function to mark the occasion. Young people of other faiths also participated in the program to express their solidarity with the Christian community. Social, political and journalists personalities were also present.

Provincial Assembly of KP Minority Members Wilson Wazir in his speech emphasized religious harmony.

“All young people will have to work in unison for the development of the country and national cohesion, putting aside religious, ethnic and linguistic prejudices,” he added.

The lawmaker said that minorities enjoy all rights in Pakistan and the current government is taking more action to that end.

Other speakers, including Augustan Jackob, Zeeshan Yaqoob, Shahan and Naqash Bhatti, stressed the need to highlight the contributions of minorities to the country’s development in the textbooks and said dialogue is necessary to achieve an inclusive society. .

A cake was cut at the end of the service and special prayers were offered for the integrity of the country.

Easter related events also took place in various districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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