Grangemouth minister says thanks for help

Rev. Aftab Gohar of Abbotsgrange Church, Grangemouth
Rev. Aftab Gohar of Abbotsgrange Church, Grangemouth

A minister has been 
overwhelmed by the public
response to the plight of his niece who was seriously 
injured in a bomb blast.

The Rev. Aftab Gohar of Grangemouth’s Abbotsgrange Church hopes to bring 23-year-old Farah Javed to Scotland for treatment.

She was paralysed from the waist down after the terrorist attack on All Saints’ Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 

Mr Gohar’s 79-year-old mother was among the 122 killed, along with his niece, nephew, two uncles and many friends.

Around 170 were injured.

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

Farah’s plight was raised with First Minister Alex 
Salmond by Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald and his aides are now working with doctors and Pakistani officials to resolve the issue.

A campaign launched last month by The Falkirk Herald to fund Farah’s expenses has already raised a considerable sum with donations ranging from £10 to over £10,000 which was raised at a dinner organised by 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron of which Mr Gohar is padre.

Thanking everyone for their support, he said: “We have received donations, messages and prayers from across the district, from churches in Grangemouth and the wider church community. On behalf of my whole family I would like to thank them.”

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