Asia's largest Cross being built in Karachi

Last Updated 22 May 2015, 14:44 IST

A 140-foot bullet-proof cross is being erected here in Pakistan's largest and most populous city by a devout Christian who calls it a "symbol of God".

Parvez Henry Gill, Christian Pakistani businessman is building the largest cross in Gora Qabristan, one of the oldest Christian cemetery.

Gill said    he decided to build Asia's largest cross "after God asked him to do something for the Christian community" in the Muslim majority nation, Dawn reported.
"Cross is a work of God," one of the muslim worker said.

Of Karachi's 21 million population, about one million is from the Christian community. Gill says the cross will "be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry-free."
The cross stands on a 20-foot underground base and according to Gill it is "bulletproof and made of tons and tons of steel, iron and cement."

"If anyone tries to hit this cross, they will not succeed," Gill said.

The Christians are often marginalised in Pakistan and face hostility.
In 2013, more than 100 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a church.

(Published 22 May 2015, 14:44 IST)

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