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Meeting held in Bradford for targeted Pakistan Christians
8:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A solidarity meeting was being held in Bradford today to show support for Christians targeted in a bomb attack in Pakistan.
A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in north-western Pakistan at the weekend killed at least 52 people and wounded more than 100 in one of the worst assaults on the country’s minority.
It happened as worshippers were coming out of the church in Peshawar to get a free meal.
The bombing underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants, say the meeting organisers.
Those invited to gather at the show of solidarity at York House, 249 Manningham Lane, included Canon Yaqub Maseih who is secretary general of the Asian Christian Fellowship, former Bradford Lord Mayor Mohammed Ajeeb and representatives from the Council for Mosques.
The gathering has been organised by Shirjeel Malik who is general secretary of Imran Khan’s PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) political party in Pakistan which governs Peshawar.
Mr Malik said: “We have to make a show of solidarity against this insane act and also in support of our brothers and sisters affected by the attack.”