Government Officials, Opposition Leaders and Others Praise Christian Community on Christmas – Pakistan
As the Christian community across the country celebrates the festive occasion of Christmas today (Saturday), government officials, opposition leaders and others have extended their congratulations and well wishes to members of the community.
According pakistan radiospecial ceremonies are being held in churches across the country in which prayers will also be held for “Pakistan’s peace, progress and prosperity”.
State radio said Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi congratulated the Christian community on the occasion and assured that the government would continue to protect the rights and privileges of all minorities living in the country.
“They also praised the sincere and invaluable services rendered by the Christian community in the fields of defence, education, health as well as the economic development of the country,” the report added.
“They said the government would empower minorities to use their abilities for national development.”
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In a tweet from his official account, the Prime Minister wished “all our Christian citizens a very Merry Christmas”.
The president’s official Twitter account also sent his “sincere congratulations”, adding that Muslims “deeply respect Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Almighty Allah”.
The Director General of Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) extended congratulations from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and Service Chiefs to the “Christian community in the Armed Forces and across Pakistan”.
“From the establishment of Pakistan to date, their sacrifices and contributions in the service of Pakistan are phenomenal,” added DG ISPR.
“Heartfelt congratulations to the Christian community all over the world, especially to Pakistani Christian brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of Christmas,” National Assembly Opposition Leader and PML-N Chairman Shehbaz Sharif tweeted. .
He called for celebrating shared values and brotherhood in his message.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz wished “Christian brothers and sisters” and urged the country to “celebrate with them spreading love, peace and compassion”.
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PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari extended his “warmest congratulations to the Christian community in Pakistan”, saying his party “always treats non-Muslims, including Christians, as equal citizens”.
He urged the Christian community to “offer special prayers for peace, prosperity and harmony in the country on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood and PPP leader Sherry Rehman also wished the country’s Christian community.