The president said, “Christmas is a time for festivity, celebration and rejoicing as well as a reminder to all of us of the message of Jesus Christ (May Allah be pleased with him) of love, forgiveness and brotherhood among the people.”
“The PPP will continue to uphold the right of the Christians, indeed of all minorities, to be treated as equal citizens of the state and allowed to partake in its development on an equal footing.”he said. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani urged people to keep on making efforts for promotion of interfaith dialogue and harmony among different religions to make Pakistan a land of peace and tranquility.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has wished the Christian community a Merry Christmas and happy New Year.
In a message on the eve of Christmas, Bilawal said, “I wish the Christian community, our brothers and sisters and our children a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.” He said that his mother, Benazir Bhutto, and father, President Asif Ali Zardari, had always told him that Christmas was a time for festivity, celebration and rejoicing as well as a reminder of Jesus Christ’s message of love and forgiveness.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in his message urged people to keep on making efforts for promotion of interfaith dialogue and harmony among different religions to make Pakistan a land of peace and tranquillity.
The prime minister said, “Jesus Christ was the blessed Prophet of Allah. Every Muslim believes in the Prophethood of Jesus Christ and Bible being a divine book revealed to him. This common characteristic binds the Muslim and Christian communities in the spirit of brotherhood.”
Christian community is the largest minority of Pakistan and it is a matter of immense satisfaction and happiness that our Christian community is contributing to the national development side by side with their other countrymen in every walk of life including education, health, defence, politics and social welfare, Gilani added.
The prime minister said they enjoy complete religious freedom and all civic facilities in Pakistan. Pakistan People’s Party established a relationship of mutual trust and unity with the minorities and gave them their due place since the day one.