Despite being asked three times at Manchester airport whether we were in the wrong queue, Jim Hope and I managed to get to Islamabad and from there to Multan in the South of Pakistan. Here we were due to lead seminars for the clergy on setting up and managing small projects. Jim is from Skipton and has experience in farming and teaching Agriculture.
On the second day I preached in Multan Cathedral, and at lunchtime we heard of the devastating bomblasts in Peshawar, in which 125 worshippers had been killed by a suicide attack. After this, there were many interfaith gatherings, candlelight vigils and prayers for peace. The Christian community were on strike for three days and there were protests to encourage heightened security measures for all religious minorities.