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Christian community playing due role in national uplift, says Kamran Michael

RAWALPINDI  – Federal Minister for Statistics Senator Kamran Michael has said that the Christian community is playing its due role in national security and development in a befitting manner and enjoying equal rights like all other citizens in the country. 
Addressing a cake-cutting ceremony organised in connection with Christmas celebration held here in Rawalpindi at the residence of Christian Leader Sarfaraz Francis alias Vicky on Saturday, he said the government is striving to safeguard the rights of Christian community being enjoyed by other communities of the country.
Kamran said the terrorists attack on a Church in Quetta is highly condemnable as such attacks cannot wobble Christians’ determination and commitment for the development of Pakistan.
On the occasion, special prayers were offered at the festivity for the country’s peace and prosperity. 
Meanwhile, Waris Khan police reportedly refused to provide security to an unregistered Church located in Chiristian Colony at Liaquat Bagh.
According to details, the management of under-construction church “Paraclete Pantecostal Church Ministry Pakistan” located at the Liaquat Bagh Chiristian Colony approached Waris Khan police and sought security for the ritual services. However, the SHo rejected the plea of management, saying police could not provide security to an unregistered church as it was not in SOP devised for the purpose. Paster Shehzad told The Nation that a delegation of locals met with SHO Police Station Waris Khan and demanded security but their request was turned done by police. He appealed to CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi to issue order for the SHO to provide the Church with adequate security on eve of Christmas.–Staff Report
SHO Police Station Waris Khan was not available for his version.

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