Christmas cheers as Chief Minister of Punjab announces a remission of three months in the imprisonment of Christian prisoners.
According to details, the Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has announced three months remission in the imprisonment of Christian prisoners on the occasion of Christmas.
Chief Minister of Punjab while addressing a Christmas function which was held in Lahore’s Model Town on Tuesday, December 22, he declared that Pakistan’s Christian community has played a creditable role in the creation of Pakistan and its progress and success. Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael and, Provincial Minister for Minority Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu were also present at this occasion.
“Services of Christian community in education, health and other sectors are appreciable and they earned a name with regard to service to ailing humanity and promotion of education. The role of Christians in the defence of the country and provision of justice is also laudable.”
Furthermore, Chief Minister said that Christmas is a day of joys, as he recalled his studentship days. He told the audience that he had studied in a Christian missionary school and still has the memories of love and anger of his teachers “especially the cane of Madam Paul.” At this occasion he also said that “Christmas results in promotion of love, harmony and mutual relations between Muslims and Christians.”
CM Shahbaz Sharif also sang a Christmas carol along with Christian children who were present at this occasion. “The birthday of the Holy Jesus (Christ) is also sacred and respectable for Muslims along with Christian community; the details of the incidents of the era of Christ have been mentioned in the Holy Quran.”
“Christian, Hindu, Parsi and Sikh communities played a prominent role in the promotion of peace and Pakistani minorities enjoy equal rights.” CM also laid stress upon the agenda of equal rights for religious minorities as propagated by the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam himself.
“We have to promote the vision of Quaid in Pakistan,” he said while adding, “under the constitution of Pakistan, all minorities have full right to live and work. He also reiterated the need of eliminating extremist approach to make the country haven of peace.”
On this occasion, CM Sharif clarified that the procedure of encashment of Christmas grants cheques disbursed to the local Christian community will be made easy. At this occasion, prayers were offered for the harmony, stability, advancement and prosperity of Pakistan.