Christian in Pakistan Builds Asia’s Largest Cross as Symbol of Hope

ICC Note:

In the heart of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, a Christian businessman has built the largest cross in Asia. When asked why he built this cross, the Christian businessman said he hoped it would be a symbol of hope for Christians in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Christian community is one of the most persecuted Christian communities in the world. Abusive blasphemy laws, church bombings, forced marriages and conversions, as well as widespread discrimination are just a few of the challenges faced by Pakistani Christians. Will this cross truly be a symbol of hope for the highly persecuted community? 

5/22/2015 Pakistan (DAWN) – In a city that has recently witnessed a spate of minority attacks in Karachi, a bullet-proof cross is being erected in the heart of the city.

Christian Pakistani businessman Parvez Henry Gill is building a 140-foot cross at the Gora Qabristan Cemetery. Following a dream in which Gill claims to have seen God asking him to do something for the Christian community four years ago, he, in due course, decided to build Asia’s largest cross in the 90 per cent Muslim country.

The nature of the structure was kept a secret until it became evident. When it did, 20 Muslims quit construction in disapproval, but one stayed.

The Muslim worker, Mohammad Ali, says the cross is a “work of God.” He is working 14 hours a day, seven days a week, mentioning Gill’s support of his family as a reason for his commitment, Christian Examiner reports.

Of Karachi’s 21 million population, about one million is home to the Christian community. Gill says the cross will “be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry-free.”

He further explains the motive behind the bullet-proof cross which is to prompt Christians to stay in Pakistan and do something for their community.

The Gora Qabristan is a Christian cemetery that is frequently the target of miscreants. Inhabitants of an intruding settlement live in buildings covering old graves, and they often throw garbage wastes in the graveyard

The Christians are often marginalized in Pakistan and face hostility. In 2013, more than 100 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a church. Mobs have gained attention from the media in the last few years for burning couples and children owing to religious differences.

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