ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi said that the government of Pakistan held sacrosanct the principle of equal rights and freedom for all citizens irrespective of belief, creed or religion.
“We are committed to building a society that respects difference and finds strength in diversity; a nation that is tolerant and cohesive; and a state that provides equal rights and opportunities to all citizens,” the president said in his message to the nation on Christmas festival.
He said the government’s commitment to the fundamental principles was firmly based on the teachings of Islam, vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and inviolable guarantees of our constitution.
The president extended his greetings to the Christian brethren all over the world particularly Pakistan on the joyous occasion of Christmas.
He said Jesus Christ brought and preached the message of peace, brotherhood and love for the whole humanity. He (Jesus Christ) guided people towards virtuous living and urged them to seek divine mercy. As a divine messenger, Jesus Christ was venerable to adherents of all religions especially Islam.
The president also commended the sincere efforts of the Christian community of Pakistan for the socio-economic development of their country. He also paid rich tribute to the sacrifices made by the Christians in Pakistan’s fight against terrorism.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also extended his greetings to the Christians. “Wishing all our Christian citizens a happy and peaceful Christmas,” he said.
He has also directed to lift all scheduled load management across Pakistan on the eve of Christmas to enable the Christian community to celebrate its religious festival with comfort.
NA Speaker Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have extended their warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari Monday on PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also greeted the Christian community on the eve of Christmas falling on December 25.
In his message on the auspicious day of Xmas, Bilawal said the occasion spreads the message of love, forgiveness and brotherhood, adding, “We need to imbibe these teachings to make our tomorrow better than our today.”
Moreover, governors of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) also congratulated the Christian community on eve of Christmas celebrations.
In his message, KP Governor Shah Farman said, “At this occasion, I extend my greetings to the Christian community of the country especially those hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is Christmas today and the Christian Community of our beloved country, Pakistan is celebrating their religious festival.”