Muslims help Christians in Pakistan to build church

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Islamabad, June 17 In a significant display of communal harmony, Muslims in Pakistan's Punjab province are helping their fellow Christian in raising funds to build a church that was allegedly damaged by a mob.

In 2009, Gojra city in near Faisalabad became a fiery furnace after nine people including a bridegroom and bride were shot dead during a wedding ceremony. Some 200 homes and three churches were razed to the ground by a mob that attacked the minority community after local mosques called for retaliation to an alleged blasphemy.

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The local police, however, had discredited the allegation that torn shreds of the Quran had been used as confetti at a wedding.

"I pray that we complete this church. We have had to use different homes for services but our congregation has grown beyond the capacity of such places," a release from British Pakistani Christian Association quoted a resident, Khalid Aftab, as saying.

IANS

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