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Government Urged to Switch Exam Scheduled for Good Friday

Updated: March 08, 2007 05:00 PM GMT
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In a letter dated Feb. 27, the Pakistan Minorities Teacher´s Association, based in Faisalabad, asked the chancellor of the University of the Punjab and the governor of Punjab province to reschedule a Bachelor in Arts and Science exam set for April 6, Good Friday. The association´s chairman, Professor Anjum James Paul, a Catholic, explained that special services are held in commemoration of this mournful day for the Christians because Jesus Christ, a major prophet in Islam, was crucified and died on this day. If there is a change in the date sheet, then Christian students appearing in the examination will be able to attend the services, he wrote. Paul told UCA News the Church needs to send a tentative schedule of their feasts to "ignorant" higher education officials in order to avoid such inconveniences. Muslims form about 95 percent of Pakistanis.(UCA News)

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