People rally round to Grangemouth minister’s striken niece

Farah Javed (23) whose lower body is paralysed as a result of suicide bomber attack on All Saints' Church in Peshawar
Farah Javed (23) whose lower body is paralysed as a result of suicide bomber attack on All Saints' Church in Peshawar
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Kind-hearted people have pledged to support a grief-striken minister’s appeal 
to help his badly injured 
relative.

Farah Javed was left paralysed from the waist down after a suicide bombing in Pakistan last month.

The niece of the Reverend Aftab Gohar, minister at Grangemouth’s Abbots-grange Church, is lying in a hospital bed with no hope of treatment to help her walk again.

Mr Gohar lost his 79-year-old mother, niece, nephew, two uncles and countless other friends and relatives in the attack on All Saints’ Church in Peshawar on September 22.

A total of 122 died and around 170 injured by the bomb at the Christian church.

Yesterday (Wednesday), the minister said: “My brother is having an operation on his knee this Saturday and my nephew has already had four operations on his arm. Eventually they and other relatives will recover, but I am so worried for Farah.

“She is a young woman and I can’t leave her like this without treatment. I have to do what I can for her.”

The Falkirk Herald has launched a campaign to help Mr Gohar bring his niece and her mother to Scotland where he hopes she will get the help needed to walk again.

He added: “It isn’t the cost so much of flying my sister and my niece here, but the cost of treatment will be very expensive. But I hope and pray we can do this.

“I have had many messages and pledges of support for which I am very grateful.”

Mr Gohar has also revealed that he has forgiven his mother’s killers.