Karachi: The Christian community across the country is celebrating Christmas today and the President, Prime Minister, and other government officials have sent their best wishes to the Christian community.
On 25 December, special ceremonies are being held in churches across Pakistan in which prayers are being offered for the development and prosperity of Pakistan.
Christmas greetings and messages
In the message to the Christian community, Prime Minister Imran Khan extended his heartfelt Christmas greetings to Christian brothers in Pakistan and around the world. He wrote on his Twitter account, “On this happy occasion of Christmas,”
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) December 25, 2020
“I extend my heartiest felicitations and wish #MerryChristmas to our Christian brethren in Pakistan and all over the world.” He continued.
He said in a statement issued from the Prime Minister’s Office that Christmas is a reminder of the values that Jesus had observed in his life.
Not only had he healed the wounds of humanity but also Preached the divine values of tolerance, love, and compassion.
He said that Christmas is an opportunity to reflect Jesus’ message of love, peace, tolerance, and compassion for humanity, adding that the government believes in maintaining the sanctity of existence and providing equal opportunities to all Pakistanis.
The Prime Minister further said that he is delighted to acknowledge the diverse and fruitful role played by all the minorities living in Pakistan, especially the Christian community, in the socio-economic development of the country.
The President of Pakistan also wished on the occasion and wrote on his Twitter account to greet,
“I extend my heartfelt felicitations to our Christian brethren in Pakistan and all over the world on the joyous occasion of Christmas and wish them a happy new year. Christmas is an occasion to share the happiness and blessings of God with our loved ones,” said President Dr. Arif Alvi
"I extend my heartfelt felicitations to our Christian brethren in Pakistan and all over the world on the joyous occasion of Christmas and wish them a happy new year. Christmas is an occasion to share the happiness and blessings of God with our loved ones."
President Dr. Arif Alvi pic.twitter.com/n5z6kEn2is
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) December 25, 2020
Other PTI leaders, Like Asad Umar, took to social media to wish Christmas and greeted,
Wishing Christians around the world a very merry Christmas. Be responsible in how you celebrate and take the right precautions for yourself and your loved ones
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) December 25, 2020
Sayed Zulfi Bukhari used the same platform as others and “Wishing a Merry Xmas to all Christian brothers & sisters in Pakistan and everyone celebrating around the world!”
Wishing a Merry Xmas to all Christian brothers & sisters in Pakistan and everyone celebrating around the world!#Christmas
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) December 24, 2020
On the occasion of Christmas, PPP leaders did not lag behind and extended Christmas greetings to the Christian community in Pakistan and the world over.”
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) December 25, 2020
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also wished the Christian community a Merry Christmas.
A very happy Christmas to our Christian brethren. Prayers and good wishes.🎄
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) December 25, 2020
This year’s celebrations have been affected by the deadly virus, which has killed more than 9,000 people in the country uptil now.
The NCOC has decided to keep the duration of the celebrations to a minimum and in public spheres.
It also suggested that disinfectant spraying on ritual trees should be done properly along with decorations, arranging a thermal screening of people at church entrances while priests gave sermons on viruses and precautions.