ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured that the present government will continue to safeguard the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities in the Country.
In his message on Christmas 2021, the prime minister felicitated the Christian Community in Pakistan, and also commended their services for the Country.
“On the auspicious occasion of Christmas, I on my behalf and on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan extend heartfelt congratulations to the Christian Community around the world and especially in Pakistan for celebrating this festival with devotion and respect,” he remarked.
Wishing all our Christian citizens a very Happy Christmas.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 25, 2021
The prime minister said that the festivities of Christmas teach us universal love, brotherhood, tolerance and self-sacrifice which plays a pivotal role in moving any society on the path of development.
The birth of Prophet Jesus is considered a symbol of peace, brotherhood, tolerance and respect for the entire humanity throughout the world. He not only healed the ailing humanity, but preached the divine values of tolerance, love and compassion. He guided people towards virtuous living and urged them to seek divine mercy. As a Divine Messenger, Prophet Jesus’ teachings are for adherents of all religions.
The prime minister also said that the sincere and invaluable services rendered by the Christian Community in the fields of defence, education, health as well as economic development of the Country have always been commendable.
Being equal citizens of the State, the government will empower them to use their abilities for national development, the prime minister said.
Imran Khan said that our policies are geared towards creating harmony and cohesion between people of all faiths. He said that our government is doing its utmost duty to bring you into the national mainstream, so that you can play your role as active citizens in the society in a positive way and help this Country move on the path of development.
The prime minister further said that our Constitution enshrines Quaid-e-Azam’s vision and safeguards the legitimate interests of minorities. The Quaid had assured religious freedom and security for all communities irrespective of their religion, profession and ethnic origin.
The prime minister said that the government of Pakistan holds sacrosanct the equality and freedom of conscience of 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,” Imran Khan said.