[Church Times by Madeleine Davies] The Pakistani diaspora in the UK - estimated to number more than one million - was urged on Wednesday to stand up for minorities in Pakistan, at the launch of the Connecting Communities project at Westminster Abbey.
In the wake of a series of acts of terrorism in Peshawar, including the suicide bombing of All Saints' Church, the organisers of the charity are urging people in the UK to use their influence to promote peace and reconciliation in Pakistan.
"Approximately thirty to seventy per cent of the diaspora community still have links where they call once a week to Pakistan," said Fiyaz Mughal, founder and director of Faith Matters, the umbrella organisation behind Connecting Communities, on Friday. "There is a strong link through telephony, money transfers, and going back to the country to take a summer break virtually every year. . . The Pakistani Government and people still look up, rightly or wrongly, to Britain as a nation that they are linked with umbilically. The link is still there.
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