THE PAK CHURCH RECALLS THE “CHRISTIAN MARTYRS” WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE NATION IN THE ARMED FORCES

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Numerous Pakistani citizens of Christian religion served the nation with honour and pride in the armed forces, giving the nation the gift of their life. Re- calling their precious contribution, the Archdiocese of Karachi in collaboration with the Pakistan American Cultural Centre (PACC) has organized in recent days a day dedicated to “Christian martyrs” to pay them their well-deserved honour and to thank their families for their sacrifice in favour of their country of origin.

As Fides learns, Cardinal Joseph Coutts, said: “In our Saint Anthony school in Lahore, when I was a student, army instructors came to train and encourage many Muslim and Christian friends to join the Pakistani army. At the time there was unity and mutual acceptance in society, without any discrimination of caste, creed, ethnicity.” Cardinal Coutts mentioned, among others, Captain Cecil Chaudhry, a Catholic, who served in the Aviation of Pakistan and fought bravely in the wars of 1965 and 1971 and was engaged in a very risky air mission towards India, where he survived miraculously.

After his retirement he was the head master of St Anthony’s High School in Lahore.

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