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The book launch of "Churches of Pakistan", was held on Monday at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi. Authored by Dr. Safdar Ali Shah and Syed Javaid Kazi, the book is a compilation of photographs and text depicting the many churches standing in Pakistan today.

Churches from Karachi to Nathia Gali and in between are presented in the book. From steeples built in Victorian style to the Romanesque fashion of St. Lawrence’s church, the book showcases the evolution of architecture as well as documenting the spread and span of Christianity in Pakistan. - Text by Sara Faruqi and Photos by Nadir Siddiqui/Dawn.com

A coffee table book, Churches of Pakistan, has been published by Paramount and will also be launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October.
A coffee table book, Churches of Pakistan, has been published by Paramount and will also be launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October.
Asif Noorani (Centre) one of the guest speakers at the launch spoke on how well the churches had been photographed, adding some pictures were taken very imaginatively.
Asif Noorani (Centre) one of the guest speakers at the launch spoke on how well the churches had been photographed, adding some pictures were taken very imaginatively.
A guest flips through the book, which will be sold for Rs. 2,500 in bookstores.
A guest flips through the book, which will be sold for Rs. 2,500 in bookstores.
Sister Julie (Second from right), of St. Joseph's Convent sits in the audience. After the launch she was quick to purchase the book and to ?go home and read it?.
Sister Julie (Second from right), of St. Joseph's Convent sits in the audience. After the launch she was quick to purchase the book and to ?go home and read it?.
A church in Nathia Gali is displayed in this photograph of the book.
A church in Nathia Gali is displayed in this photograph of the book.
Francis Campbell (Left), British Deputy High Commissioner and David Martin (Right), Country Director, British Council Pakistan, mingle with some guests after the launch. Campbell commented that the book itself showcased the ?contribution of a minority faith to wider society?.
Francis Campbell (Left), British Deputy High Commissioner and David Martin (Right), Country Director, British Council Pakistan, mingle with some guests after the launch. Campbell commented that the book itself showcased the ?contribution of a minority faith to wider society?.

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Jessica John
Sep 27, 2011 11:30am
woooowwwwwwwwwww........God Bless U More Sir Iqbal Saleh Mohammad and all the team member who have worked on this Book.....thank u so much
Ahtesham
Sep 27, 2011 12:31pm
Keep it up sir. nice work done by your creative mind.
itsashame
Sep 27, 2011 03:30pm
what is so creative about what is there?
Tahir Saeed
Sep 28, 2011 05:04am
Good effort in this current unstable time, it shows Pakistan has respect and care for other religions as well. Good work. Please keep it up.
Ali
Sep 28, 2011 06:53am
Oh wonderful, a splendid work.......I think we should also make some of the OLDEST MOST churches Museums so that churches would be to get some funds that way.. a Nice work though.
Ali Mohsin
Sep 28, 2011 10:28am
Great effort Dr. SAfdar and Javaid Kazi Sb...wish you all the very best for this and future projects. I wish all these churches (and many more historical buildings) are maintained and taken care by the state and people alike. I yearn for the day when these churches and numerous historical places are used to attract tourists, both from within & outside the country; i imagine guides elaborating people abt the history of these buidlings to visiting people. Im sure the day will come when our people will realize innumerable blessings God has bestowed on this piece of land called Pakistan; coastline, deserts, mountains, history, agriculture, weather, valleys, rivers...u name and we have it.
Albert Dass
Sep 30, 2011 02:17am
I salute the whole team whs done this wonderfull research and try to educate the majority God bless you Long live Pakistan Amin.