Christian community celebrates Christmas across country
LAHORE (92 News) – Christian community is celebrating Christmas celebrations throughout the country and Christmas prayers are being held in all the cities of Pakistan on Tuesday (today).
As Christians across the country celebrate the festive occasion of Christmas amid tight security, the president, prime minister and other top government officials extended their felicitations and warmest wishes to members of the community.
Christian citizens have decorated their homes and churches with colourful fairy lights. Residential colonies have also been decorated with twinkling lights and stars, and baubles such as bells, pine cones, apples, candies, tinsel, balloons and bedecked Christmas trees. Special Christmas trees have been prepared to celebrate the occasion.
Security has been ramped up at churches across Pakistan. Police contingents have been deployed to protect churchgoers over Christmas.
Pakistan President Arif Alvi in his message has extended his warmest greetings to Christian brethren in Pakistan on the joyous occasion of Christmas and has commended the sincere efforts of Christian community for the socio-economic development of the country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has greeted the country’s Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Christmas and wished them a happy and peaceful Christmas.
“Wishing all our Christian citizens a happy and peaceful Christmas”, the Prime Minister said in his tweet on the occasion.
A number of Christmas congregations and celebrations are being held to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. The day began with ceremonies and congregations in churches amid beefed up security and prayers for the country’s sovereignty and prosperity.
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari wished everyone celebrating a truly joyous and safe Christmas. “May all your hopes and dreams come true,” she added.
Punjab Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Aijaz Alam Augustine in his Christmas message said that the chief minister had announced a grant of Rs30 million on the occasion of Christmas and Rs25m for the scholarship of minority students across the province.