District responds to appeal

The Rev.Aftab Gohar's niece, Farah Javed, is still in hospital after bomb blast
The Rev.Aftab Gohar's niece, Farah Javed, is still in hospital after bomb blast

Kind-hearted readers have been digging deep to help boost The Falkirk Herald’s 
fundraising for an injured young woman.

Farah Javed, the niece of Grangemouth minister, the Rev. Aftab Gohar, was paralysed in the bombing at All Saints’ Church in her home town of Peshawar in September.

The blast killed 122, including the minister’s mother, niece, nephew, two uncles and many friends. Around 170 were left injured, many of them seriously.

Farah (23), who had trained as a beautician, is currently 
lying in a bed in a sparse government hospital with little hope of any improvement.

Mr Gohar, who has been minister at Abbotsgrange Church since 2010, desperately wants to bring her to Scotland for treatment.

He said: “There is no treatment in Peshawar for her and I don’t want to leave her in this state. I’m praying we can do something.”

After The Falkirk Herald contacted Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald, he raised Farah’s plight with First Minister Alex Salmond.

His aides are now working to bring the injured young woman to this country where she can be treated at the national specialist spinal injuries unit in Glasgow. However, fundraising continues as the family will need cash to bring them from Pakistan and support them while Farah receives rehabilitation.

On Thursday night a sportsman’s dinner organised by air cadets on behalf of the appeal was held in the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth.

Mr Gohar is padre to 133 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Air Squadron and his two sons are cadets.

The event has attracted over 175 guests and auction prizes include a Brazil top signed by Pele. It is being underwritten by accountants Baker Tilly who have an office in Grangemouth.