Message from Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan on the occasion of Christmas
Islamabad, December 24, 2016 (PPI-OT):On the auspicious occasion of Christmas, I extend my heartiest felicitations and wish Merry Christmas to our Christian brethren in Pakistan and all over the world. Today, millions of Christians all around the world and in Pakistan celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who was sent to this world as a symbol of peace, brotherhood and respect for the entire humanity. This day reminds us of the values that Jesus Christ lived in his own life. He not only healed the ailing humanity but preached the divine values of tolerance, love and compassion.
Christmas is a time for celebration filled with family and friends, warmth and cheerful moments. It is also a time to reflect on the message of Jesus Christ, the eternal massage of love, peace, tolerance and compassion for humanity. It is time of re-dedication to his teachings and to seek forgiveness for sins. We, as Muslims deeply revere Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Allah Almighty.
Our Constitution enshrines the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and safeguards the legitimate interests of minorities. The Quaid had, right from the first day of creation of Pakistan unequivocally declared a policy of equality, freedom and security for all communities living in Pakistan irrespective of their religion, profession or ethnic origin.
Our Government is dedicated to preserve the sanctity of existence and equality of opportunities enjoyed by all Pakistanis including our minorities. My government treats all minority citizens as equal citizens of Pakistan and undertakes to empower them to use their abilities socially, economically and politically for national development.
I am immensely happy to note that minorities in Pakistan are actively contributing to the development and prosperity of the country without any hindrance including serving in the Armed Forces of Pakistan. This reflects the communal harmony and profound cohesion between all faiths practiced across the length and breadth of the country. This is the spirit that binds us together coming together as one family to celebrate our blessings and the values we hold dear.
On this happy day, I wish to acknowledge the diverse and productive role being played by all the minorities living in Pakistan; particularly the Christian community for the socio-economic development of the country in general and in the fields of health and education in particular. I greatly appreciate their patriotism, devoted service and sincere attachment to the country and am confident that they will continue to play their due role for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan with complete dedication.
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