A Pakistani man is working toward building a Christian cross “higher than any in the world,” with construction currently taking place on a hill in his country’s largest city. Though the country is predominantly Islamic, outspoken Christian Parvez Henry Gill explained that he felt an undeniable urge in his spirit to begin erecting a 140-foot cross just outside of a Karachi cemetery.
The cross is reportedly anchored on a 20-foot base secured underground and sports metal construction touted as being bulletproof.
“It will be a symbol of God,” he declared, “and everybody who sees this will be worry-free.”
Part of his motivation, Gill explained, lies in convincing Pakistan’s small Christian community – Christians make up less than 2 percent of the nation’s overall population – that they are welcome.
“I want Christian people to see it and decide to stay here,” he said.
Of course, as with most sincere efforts to serve God, Gill acknowledged that he is not only interested in the cross touching those close to home. He also wants the massive structure to “tell the world that there are good people in Pakistan, too.”
Construction has been ongoing for more than a year and has been threatened by safety and security issues. Some of the roadblocks have come from the fact that many of the builders are practicing Muslims who openly oppose the project.
Though he approved its construction, Karachi Christian Cemeteries Board General Secretary Anwar Sardar admitted that the cross has caused some civil unrest.
“Security threats are everywhere,” he said, “and anything could happen any time. And there is nothing we can do about it.”
Gill, however, reported that the project has moved along at a brisker pace in recent weeks.
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