ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has felicitated the Christian Community in Pakistan on the occasion of Christmas 2021.
The Christian Community across the world including in Pakistan is celebrating Christmas on Saturday with religious fervour.
“On this auspicious occasion of Christmas, I extend my heartiest felicitations and wish Merry Christmas to our Christian brethren in Pakistan and all over the world,” the president said in his message on the occasion of Christmas 2021.
President Arif Alvi said that today, millions of Christians all over 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 humanity.
The president said that this day reminds us of the values that Jesus Christ observed in his own life. He (Jesus Christ) not only healed the ailing humanity but preached the divine values of tolerance, love and compassion, the president said.
“Christmas is an auspicious occasion to reflect on the message of Jesus Christ, the eternal message of love, peace, tolerance and compassion for humanity,” the president said.
“We, as Muslims, deeply respect Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Allah Almighty.”
The president said that the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had, right from the first day of the 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.
Similarly, the Constitution of Pakistan has guaranteed fundamental rights to all citizens irrespective of their religion, caste and creed, he said.
President Dr. Arif Alvi said that the government of Pakistan is committed to providing equal opportunities to all Pakistanis including our minorities. He said that the citizens in Pakistan enjoy all rights and the government has undertaken a number of measures to empower them in all spheres of life.
President Arif Alvi highly appreciated the services and 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 am immensely happy to say that minorities in Pakistan are actively contributing to the development and prosperity of the Country,” he said adding that this reflects the inter-faith harmony and profound cohesion between all faiths being practiced across the Country.
“This is the spirit that binds us together as one family to celebrate our blessings and the values we hold dear,” Dr. Arif Alvi said.
The president expressed the confidence that minorities will continue to play their role in the promotion of peace and prosperity of Pakistan.