The Archbishop of Canterbury, D.r Donald Coggan, is currently in Pakistan on a ten day?
The Archbishop of Canterbury, D.r Donald Coggan, is currently in Pakistan on a ten day visit. He arrived there on Monday (18 October).
SYNOPSIS: When his plane arrived at Islamabad International Airport, the welcoming party which was assembled to greet him and his wife, was led by the Pakistan Minister of Religious Affairs, Mr. Kauser Niazi.
During his visit, Dr. Coggan will be meeting with leaders of the Christian community there, and will be studying their conditions and problems. Soon after his arrival in the country, the Archbishop and Mr. Niazi had talks and it is believed they discussed steps taken by the government to improve the lot of minorities in Pakistan. Later at the hundred year-old church of Pakistan - formerly called the Anglican church - the Archbishop conducted a service.
The church is a landmark in Rawalpindi, and in the nave is a stained glass window dated 1876, which was brought form England. Elections are due to be held in Pakistan next year, and one of the issues will be the treatment of minorities in national politics.