Christmas Celebrated Amidst high security

Prime Minister Imran Khan also took to twitter to wish the Christian community a “happy and peaceful Christmas."

Pakistani Christians attend a midnight services at St. Anthony's Church to celebrate the Christmas in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
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LAHORE: On Tuesday, as Christmas was celebrated amid tight security in the country, the president, prime minister and other top government officials extended their greetings to the Christian community.

A number of celebratory occasions, including congregations in churches, were held to mark the birth of Jesus Christ followed by prayers for the prosperity of the country.

The Christians dolled up their homes and churches with Christmas trees and fairy lights. Christmas trees were also installed at the Christian residential colonies to celebrate the propitious occasion.

Surefire security arrangements were made owing to the sensitivity of the event. Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) were on high alert throughout the day of 25 December. Nearly 4,000 troops were deployed in the provincial capital for Quaid-e-Azam’s Day.

 

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WISH CHRISTMAS:

Lot of government officials wished the Christian community on the event after the country’s premier announced to observe Christmas at an official level.

The official twitter account of the federal government extended its greetings to the Christian community.

“The Government of Pakistan wishes a very Happy Christmas to all celebrating in Pakistan and around the world.”

The office of the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi issued an exceptional message on the eve of Christmas.

The Prime Minister Imran Khan also took to twitter to wish the Christian community a “happy and peaceful Christmas.”

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also joined the community at Christ Church Rawalpindi to be a part in the Christmas celebrations and wished them a blissful festival.

Bajwa admitted the role of Christian brethren in the progress of the state, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. “General Bajwa especially acknowledged their contributions as part of armed forces,” the statement further read.

The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry also felicitated Christian community and said that “the community members have played a great role in solidarity, development and prosperity for the country of Pakistan. He respected their services in health, education and other sectors”, Radio Pakistan reported.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting also wished the Christian community via Twitter.

“Ministry of Information & Broadcasting wishes a very joyous Christmas greetings to the Christian community living in Pakistan and world around. Merry Christmas.”

The Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also wished the Christian brethren a happy Christmas in a tweet.

“Wishing everyone celebrating, a truly joyous and safe Christmas. May all your hopes and dreams come true,” she said.

The Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar congratulated the minority community in his official statement and said that the “birthday of Jesus Christ is a sacred occasion for the Christian community as well as for the Muslims”. He further added that “promotion of brotherhood, tolerance, harmony, love and affection is the essence of the teachings of Jesus Christ,” according to Radio Pakistan.

The Punjab Minorities Minister Aijaz Alam Augustine in his Christmas message said that the chief minister had announced a grant of Rs.30 million on the Christmas evening and Rs.25 million for the scholarship of minority students across the province.

The Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan in his message said, that the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ was being celebrated at the national level to express solidarity with the minority community.

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