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The state executives and the president of Pakistan have extended greetings to Christian community celebrating the festive occasion of Christmas on December 25.
Prime Minister Khan
“Wishing all our Christian citizens a happy and peaceful Christmas,” the prime minister said in a tweet.
Wishing all our Christian citizens a happy and peaceful Christmas.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 24, 2018
PM Khan has also given special orders to all distribution companies of gas and electricity to lift all scheduled load management across the country on the eve of Christmas, Radio Pakistan reported.
According to the details, the directive is given to ensure smooth and hassle-free celebrations of the Christian community in Pakistan on their religious festival.
All distribution companies have been directed to depute special emergency teams to rectify any fault on fast track basis on the occasion, as per the Ministry of Energy.
President Dr. Alvi
President Dr. Arif Alvi extended his warmest greetings to the Christian brethren all over the world particularly in Pakistan on the joyous occasion and appreciated the sincere efforts of the Christian community for the socioeconomic development of the country.
“I also take this opportunity to pay rich tribute to the sacrifices made by our Christian brethren in Pakistan’s fight against terrorism,” he said in his message.
The president said that the Government of Pakistan held sacrosanct the principle of equal rights and freedom for all citizens irrespective of belief, creed or religion.
COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa joined members of the Christian community at Christ Church in Rawalpindi to take part in Christmas celebrations.
The congregation welcomed the army chief and thanked him for sharing the festivity, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Gen Bajwa wished Merry Christmas to the entire Christian community in Pakistan. He acknowledged the role of Christian brethren towards the creation of Pakistan and their contributions for its progress.
He appreciated the role of various institutions in the fields of education, health, and public welfare being managed by Christian community across Pakistan. He especially acknowledged their contributions in defense of motherland as part of Pakistan Armed Forces.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also wished Pakistani Christians on the eve.
“Merry Christmas to our Christian brethren,” Qureshi said on Twitter.
Merry Christmas to our Christian brethren. May this festive occasion bring you a lot of joy and prosperity.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) December 24, 2018
“May this festive occasion bring you a lot of joy and prosperity.”
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that safeguarding rights of minorities is among the top priorities of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.
A statement issued by the Information Ministry to extend greetings to the Christian community celebrating Christmas reads that the Christians have played a great role in solidarity, development, and prosperity of Pakistan.
The minister, in the statement, also commended the services of Christian brethren in the sector of health, education, and others.
The statement added that the birth of Prophet Jesus Christ (AS) is beatitude for Muslims too and the constitution of Pakistan fully guarantees the protection of minorities.
Minister for human rights, Shirin Mazari has also felicitated Christian community in her Twitter post.
Wishing everyone celebrating, a truly joyous and safe Christmas. May all your hopes and dreams come true.
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) December 24, 2018
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his message on the auspicious day of X-Mass, cordially felicitated on their religious celebration of the Christians all over the world, particularly Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Christmas provides the message of love, forgiveness, and brotherhood, adding, “We need to imbibe these teachings to make our tomorrow better than our today.”