01/12/2007, 00.00
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Muslim wants to block chapel construction in Peshawar University

Muslim student petitions High Court to stop the construction of a chapel inside a secular university. Anonymous sources believe request will be accepted even though chief minister laid the first stone.

Peshawar (AsiaNews) – A Muslim student has petitioned High Court to stop the construction of a church inside a secular university in Peshawar. Masood Khan claims that building a church in the university would trigger sectarian anger.

The petition was presented by the student’s attorney, Khurshid Khan. In it, Khan claims that having a “church in the university was un-Islamic and would fan sectarianism.” For this reason construction should stop at once.

For anonymous court sources, it is very likely that the request will be heeded. However, if this happens, a confrontation between the judiciary and the executive branch of the government might follow.

In fact, it was North-West Frontier Province Chief Minister Akram Durrani who laid the foundation stone for the construction of the church at a ceremony last December 19.

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