18 members of Bolton vicar's family killed in Pakistan bomb blast
A VICAR from Bolton has flown to Pakistan after 18 members of his family were killed in a bomb attack.
Reverend Fayaz Adman, of St Paul with Emmanuel Church in Deane, jetted back to his native Peshawar after 85 people were killed in the extremist attack on Sunday.
Faith leaders in Bolton have rallied round to show their support for Mr Adman, who said to be “deeply distressed” by his families loss.
It is thought to be the deadliest ever attack on Pakistan's Christians.
Two Islamist militant groups with Taliban links said they ordered the attack to hit back at US drone strikes.
The Bishop of Bolton, the Rt Rev Chris Edmondson, said: “I went to visit the family on the day of the suicide bombing and obviously they were deeply distressed because 18 members of Rev Adman’s extended family have been tragically killed.
“It has had a huge effect on the Christian community in Pakistan. Our thoughts, prayers and concerns are very much with them at this time.”
Mr Adman was baptised, confirmed and ordained at the now destroyed All Saints Church in his native Peshawar. The married father-of-two, aged 50, has lived in the UK for about 10 years. He flew out to Pakistan to comfort his family on Monday.
The Bishop said he was concerned about the lack of national media coverage of the Pakistan bombing. He added: “I am deeply concerned about the lack of national media coverage of the Pakistan bombing, which has barely been given a profile in the news. This is down to the equally tragic attacks in Kenya, which has understandably attracted the majority of coverage. But Christian communities in Pakistan are in the minority, meaning they are deeply affected by this event.”
Sunday’s double suicide bombing is thought to be Pakistan’s deadliest attack against Christians.
Protests and vigils have taken place across Pakistan as Christians demand better protection after the suicide blasts.
Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar saw demonstrations against the attack, with protesters also demanding the authorities do more for minorities.
Political and religious leaders condemned the attack, but angry crowds nevertheless took to the streets, denouncing the state’s failure to protect minorities. The attack happened as Pakistan’s government prepares the ground for talks with the Pakistani Taliban.
Faith leaders from the Christian and Muslim community will hold a vigil at 3pm on Saturday at St Edmunds Church in Whalley Range, Manchester.
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