As Christmas was celebrated amid tight security in the country on Tuesday, the president, prime minister and other top government officials extended their greetings to the Christian community.
A number of celebratory events, including congregations in churches, were held to mark the birth of Jesus Christ followed by prayers for the country’s prosperity.
Christians dolled up their homes and churches with Christmas trees and fairy lights. Christmas trees were also installed at the Christian residential colonies to celebrate the auspicious occasion.
Foolproof security arrangements were made owing to the sensitivity of the occasion. Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) were on high alert throughout the day. Nearly 4,000 troops were deployed in the provincial capital for Quaid-e-Azam Day .
A number of government officials wished the Christian community on the occasion after the country’s premier announced to observe Christmas at an official level.
The official twitter account of the federal government extended its greetings to the community.
“The Government of Pakistan wishes a very Happy Christmas to all celebrating in Pakistan and across the world.”
The office of the President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi issued a special message on the eve of Christmas.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also took to twitter to wish the Christian community a “happy and peaceful Christmas”.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also joined the community at Christ Church, Rawalpindi to take part in the Christmas celebrations and wished them a joyous festival.
Bajwa acknowledged the role of Christian brethren in the progress of the state, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. “General Bajwa especially acknowledged their contributions as part of armed forces,” the statement further read.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry also felicitated Christian community and said that “the community members have played a great role in solidarity, development and prosperity of Pakistan. He appreciated their services in health, education and other sectors”, Radio Pakistan reported.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting also wished the Christian community via Twitter.
“Ministry of Information & Broadcasting wishes a very joyous Christmas greetings to the Christian community living in Pakistan and world around. Merry Christmas.”