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Cecil Chaudhry: heroic Christian witness among Pakistani Muslims
Two months after his death, the Christian community remembers the high-ranking Air Force officer and Catholic leader. Hundreds or people attended the memorial service, including Muslims. Human rights activist remembers his capacity to stand up to discrimination. For Fr Mendes, he was an honest family man. For a young Pakistani woman, he was "My hero and ideal."
Cecil Chaudhry, Catholic human rights activist, dies
He succumbs after a long battle with cancer. His funeral is scheduled for tomorrow in Lahore's Sacred Heart Cathedral. The much-decorated Air Force pilot worked in education for 20 years on behalf of poor and disabled children. He was a close associate of the Shahbaz Bhatti.
Punjab asks that an air force base be named after Cecil Chaudhry
Punjab Pakistan People's Party MPA Najmi Saleem introduces proposal in provincial assembly. Christians welcome the decision; however, they note it should have been done when the Catholic air force hero died.
Lahore: a new future for the children of Shama and Shahzad, burnt alive by Muslims
The Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation took charge of the Catholic couple’s four children, and are providing them with an education. The eldest, Suleiman and Sonia, have past their year-end exam with flying colours. For Fr Mendes, the “Foundation is not just paying their fees, but is giving them the love they miss so badly.”
Peshawar: teaching sewing to orphans and widows, victims of the All Saints attack
A foundation set up last November organises courses to help those who lost everything in the 2013 attack against the All Saints Church. Those who pass the final exam, get a diploma and a sewing machine to start working right away and lead a “dignified life”.
Countdown for democracy in Islamabad
After five years pro-Musharraf National Assembly is dissolved at the stroke of midnight tonight. Elections are scheduled for January 9 but arrests and human rights violations continue throughout the country. Justice and Peace Commission calls for a return to constitutional rule and an independent judiciary.
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