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Christians Celebrate Christmas in Pakistan And Worldwide

Karachi (December 25, 2017): Like other parts of the world, the Christian community living in Pakistan has been celebrating Christmas with zeal and fervour. Xmas trees, fairy lights, Santa caps and snowmen dotted cities across Pakistan as Christmas festivities kicked off today.

In Pakistan, the Christian community celebrates its religious festival with traditional enthusiasm.

Members of the Christian community will attend special services at illuminated churches where prayers will also be offered for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.

Residential colonies have been decorated with twinkling lights and stars, and baubles such as bells, pine cones, apples, candies, tinsel and balloons bedecking trees, streets, houses and churches.Men decorate a Christmas tree. — Reuters Wreaths were hung outside stores buzzing with last-minute shopping on Christmas eve.

Felicitating the Christian community in Pakistan and across the world on Christmas, President Mamnoon Hussain said it was the day to reiterate the universal teachings of patience, tolerance, kindness and goodwill, not only for the Christians but the whole mankind.

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The president said peace and happiness could be brought back to the world, which was engaged in conflicts of interests and wars, by adopting aforementioned virtues.

“The lesson that we learn from the teachings of the Jesus Christ (AS) is that life and property of all people living on this planet should be given equal respect and protection without discriminating on the basis of colour, cast, religion and belief,” he said.A girl stands outside a house illuminated with lights on Christmas Eve. — ReutersThe president said that human beings should not be made fuel for fighting wars for materialistic interests, but instead the valuable resources should be spent on the welfare and development of humanity.

This is the best way to commemorate Jesus Christ (AS), he added.

In his message, President Mamnoon said the services rendered by the Christian community of Pakistan for progress and stability of the country particularly in the fields of medicine and education were greatly valued by the people and Government of Pakistan.A girl runs down the aisle in a Christmas mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi. — AFPOn the occasion, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi felicitated the Christian community across the globe, appreciating the efforts of Pakistani Christians for socio-economic development of their homeland.

“We are proud of our Christian brethren; they are an integral part of our multicultural polity; and I am confident that their patriotic contributions will continue to accelerate the pace of Pakistan’s progress,” he said in his message on Christmas.

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The premier said much more than festivity and celebration, the spirit of Christmas was to share, to reach out, and to love all humanity.

He said that Jesus Christ (AS) brought and preached the message of peace, brotherhood and love for the whole humanity. “He guided people towards virtuous living and urged them to seek divine mercy.”

As a divine messenger, Jesus Christ (AS) was venerable to adherents of all religions, PM Abbasi added.

Earlier, the government and semi-autonomous institutions had announced to provide pays to all Christian employees in advance, as well as taking steps to provide pensions to retired employees before December 25. This move would enable members of the Christian community to make full preparations for Christmas.

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On the other hand, police and other security forces have adopted foolproof measures in the city to ensure that no untoward incident happened before or after Christmas.

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