Dera Ismail Khan: Church property allegedly being usurped by unauthorized leaders

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The property of historic St. John’s Church in Dera Ismail Khan is allegedly being seized by unauthorized handlers. In keeping with PCP, one of the congregant wrote that the unauthorized clergy were involved in selling the church property. The congregant maintained that the land mafia is now intending to construct a plaza on the church property.

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Pakistan Christian Post quoted the congregant saying: “Please find attached pictures of construction work on premises of St. John’s Church, Dera Ismail Khan, KPK, Pakistan. Diocese of Peshawar Church of Pakistan, has no NOC from the authority, instead they used bogus NOC to get Map/sketch approved from the TMA, which also doesn’t accord with The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Protection of Communal Properties of Minorities Act 2014.

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“Their map/sketch was also canceled by TMA for using bogus NOC. In the month of June 2016 TMA warned them 3 times to stop this illegal construction but still it continues, who can stop them. And we are worried what’s going on.

They intend to demolish the Church and build commercial shops instead, previously they approved 50 lac from the KPK government to rebuild this Church, so they said we should demolish it and build hall instead at another place. Their intentions are very clear. We sued them in the court, and again going to sue them in session court. But we need immediate help in this regard,” the congregant wrote.

“Its ST. John’s Church, Dera Ismail Khan, KPK, Pakistan, please sir help us to save this historic Church. All documentary evidences are available with me. Please help us. This church was built by British government and it is an historic church,” he concluded.

Pakistan Christian Congress chief Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti urged Imran Khan-chairman of the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), to take note of the illegal construction work being carried out at the church property. He said that illegal construction work around the church must be stopped immediately.