The Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan visits St Paul’s Sarhadi Church

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The Church of Pakistan shared with us that in February, the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK), Amir Haider Khan Hoti, visited St. Paul's Sarhadi Church, Mardan, which was burnt by the Muslim extremists in a protest rally against the blasphemous movie against Islam.


The Bishop of Peshawar, Rt. Revd. Humphrey S. Peters, the clergy and the congregation of Mardan Parish warmly welcomed the Chief Minister by offering him a garland and presenting him traditional souvenirs of the region. A local Christian politician briefed the audience about present government's efforts for minority rights and development which was highly appreciated by the audience.


In his speech, the Rt. Revd. Humphrey S. Peters thanked the Chief Minister for his second visit to the burnt Church of Mardan, and appreciated his concern and assurance for re-building of the
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The Chief Minister in his speech said that he and his government regretted the whole incident. He said, "On the government's behalf I assure the Christian community that the Church will be re-constructed, and even extended to fulfil the requirement of the growing numbers within the congregation in Mardan". He also promised that the government will furnish the Church, in addition to rebuilding two manses, an office, a Conference hall, wash rooms and a Christian Library. Mardan is the hometown of the Chief Minister and St. Paul's Church is located in his constituency.


At the end, the Bishop especially prayed for health recovery of the Chief Minister's father who is sick. The Bishop also prayed for the re-construction work of the Church, and blessed all the people present at the occasion.

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