Falkirk community rallying for Peshawar church bomb victim

Rev. Aftab Gohar who lost his mother and other family members in the Peshawar church bombing. Picture: Michael Gillen (132541)
Rev. Aftab Gohar who lost his mother and other family members in the Peshawar church bombing. Picture: Michael Gillen (132541)

A community is rallying round a minister in his mission to bring his seriously ill 
niece to Scotland for vital treatment.

Money and pledges of support are already flooding in after The Falkirk Herald launched an appeal to help the Reverend Aftab Gohar of Abbotsgrange Church, Grangemouth.

He wants to bring paralysed Farah Javed (23) to this country. She was a injured in the Peshawar church bombing last month in which the minister also lost his mother and other relatives.

Mr Gohar fears she will never walk again if she is left in a hospital in Pakistan.

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald met with First Minister Alex Salmond and raised Farah’s plight with him. He said: “As soon as he heard of the campaign by the Rev. Gohar and The Falkirk Herald to have Farah brought to Scotland for treatment he immediately instructed his officials to get to work on the request.

“Clearly the sooner we can get Farah to Scotland for treatment the better. We are therefore also contacting neurosurgeons and airlines to ask what assistance they can provide. Rest assured we will do everything we can to get Farah over to Scotland.”

A fundraising dinner is being organised by 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Air Squadron in the Leapark Hotel on Thursday, November 14.

Robert Ross, managing partner of Baker Tilly in Scotland, who are underwriting the event, said: “When the Baker Tilly team at Grangemouth learned of the tragedy involving the Rev. Gohar’s family we wanted to help in a tangible way. We are a national firm but committed to the local communities of which we are part.”