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Christians in Pakistan organized an interfaith dinner in honor of a Christian sanitation workers who died when a Muslim doctor refused to touch the ailing Christian saying he was unclean. Persecution and discrimination against Christians in Pakistan is common, making it one of the most difficult places for Christians to exist. Will interfaith events like this help break down the barriers between the Christian and Muslim communities in Pakistan? 

06/15/2017 Pakistan (Christians in Pakistan) – In response to tragic death of a Christian sanitary worker, who died when a doctor denied touching him saying he was unclean. Pakistan for All’s (PFA) Sanitary Workers Union of Pakistan Christian community hosted an Iftar dinner for Muslims.

In keeping with details, this Iftar dinner was organized at a church in Lahore. Speaking in this regard, Pastor Hidayat Assi said he felt proud that his church had organized an interfaith Iftar dinner for Muslims. He said that even after the Umerkot incident, organizing such a dinner was merely to express harmony with their fellow Muslim brothers. “The true message and essence of Ramazan is this,” he said.

“In the name of our brother Irfan Massih, we call on all faiths in our motherland to come together as one humanity. We are one humanity created by God in this beloved motherland. Our religions teach us to love. Let us then come together. Ramzan stands for peace and love,” he said.

Pastor Assi further said: “This is the Pakistan that the Sanitary Workers Union believes in. This is the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. We still hold in our hearts the promise of our founder that Pakistan is for All.”

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