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Christians spent Eid day with flood affected Muslims in Pakistan

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By Aftab Alexander Mughal

Through a good gesture many Christians in Pakistan showed the love of God with their Muslim fellow citizens on the day of their religious feast Eid-ul-Fiter on Sept. 11. They spent the whole day with flood affected Muslim people on their religious festival and show their full support in their difficult time. They took food, presents and money which was distributed among them. Those who were unable to go to visit them they sent best wishes.

“We went to Shah Garh, about 15 kilometers in south of Muzaffargarh city in Southern Punjab, where the whole area, countless villages were destroyed by the flood water of Sindh river, Samuel Nadeem, a Christian government servant from Muzaffargarh city, told Minorities Concern of Pakistan (MCP). “Our group was well received. They were so grateful that we visited them and greeted them on their Eid day,” Nadeem added.

I am so sad to see their misery. They have lost everything and are forced to live without proper shelter and food. In some areas people even do not have clean drinking water. There were many women who have lost their husbands and even some have lost their children. Therefore, we only distributed money among those women who are very vulnerable, Haroon Samuel, a Christian social worker of Community Care Foundation said. There are thousands of people who need all sorts of help and support. “We hope we will be able to raise some more money to help these helpless people.”

In another village, Gormani, in the same district, a Christian group also distributed food parcels among Muslim people on Eid eve. “I helped the Christian group to distribute aid among 160 Muslim families, but there are hundreds more who need help,” Tamoor Ali, a Muslim social worker, told Minorities Concern of Pakistan.

Sooba Bhatti, a Christian from SHADE organization, Hyderabad, Sindh province, told MCP that “Our workers distributed cooked rice among 500 flood affected Muslims and Hindus in the districts of Dadu, Larkana , Jacababad , Jamshoro and Hyderabad on Eid day.

Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fiter to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Aftab Alexander Mughal

Editor

Minorities Concern of Pakistan

Sept. 12, 2010

Aftab Alexander Mughal is a Pakistani journalist and a human rights activist. He is the editor of Minorities Concern of Pakistan, an e-magazine, while he also heads the Asia desk of Spero News .

For 14 years, he served the “Minority Rights Commission of Pakistan” and “Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan” as National Director for Research and Publications and an Executive Secretary. From 1985 to 1992, he worked as Youth Director of Catholic Diocese of Multan, Pakistan.

Born in 1956 in Muzaffargarh, Southern Punjab of Pakistan, Mughal has worked with many national and international civil society organizations. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science. He has widely travelled and represented Pakistan at regional and international conferences.

He has been awarded the “International Award for Excellence in Journalism 2010” by the Union of Catholic International Press (UCIP) whose international office is in Geneva, Switzerland. The award was made at the World Congress, which was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 12 -19, 2010. This is Mughal’s second award from UCIP. His first one being the “Media in Your Country Award” which he received on the October 20, 1989 in Ruhpolding Germany.

Mughal started his career as a journalist in 1979 and edited the monthly magazines “Nishan-e-Rah” and “Mashal.” until 1985. Since then he worked as a freelance journalist. His main area of interest is human rights, peace and religious freedom in Pakistan.

He also has been contributing to national and international magazines, newspapers and various news agencies and has several books to his credit on minority rights issues including, “Death or Exile” and “From the Ashes of Shantinagar.” Moreover, he is also a co-author of “Section 295 C, Pakistan Penal Code – Study of the History, Effects and Cases under Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan.”

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