IN PICTURES: Peshawar church celebrates new year for the first time after 2013 suicide blasts
All Saints Church blasts in 2013 claimed 84 lives and left 100 people injured.
Peshawar’s St John’s church was glittering with New Year’s festivities as celebrations return to the provincial capital after a gap of seven years. Following suicide blasts that hit The All Saints Church in 2013, claiming 84 lives and leaving 100 people injured, the church did not make any special arrangements for the New Year or any other occasion.
As the security situation has improved significantly, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the past few years, the province’s minorities feel safer and secure when celebrating their events. The Church of St John held special new year arrangements this year and the participation of the KP’s Christian community shows their resilience and courage.
Here’s how the celebrations in St John’s church looked like:
Including fancy dress, specially choreographed performances were prepared and food stalls were set up. Speaking to The Express Tribune, the members of the Christian community said that due to militancy and terrorism, they lived in fear for years but now they are able to feel free.
The Provincial minister of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Wazir Zada, was the special guest at the event. He said that in the past, terrorism has plagued Peshawar but things are improving.
“The occurrence of this New Year festival is a sign that peace has been restored in the province as well as the joy which had been snatched from the people of Peshawar,” he said.
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