Officially marking the celebration of the occasion, the Chief Minister of Punjab had hosted a special Christmas event for the local Christian community. This event was hosted at the Chief Minister House in Model Town in Lahore.
At this occasion, many prominent Christian leaders were invited at the event. Those invited included Punjab’s Minister for Human Rights and Minorities’ Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu, MPA Shahzad Munshi, MPA Shakeel Marcus. MPA Mary James Gill and various other Christian leaders. Sunil Gulzar, Shaukat Lal and Iffat Naz. Guests also included, Faryad Bhatti Christian youth leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and various others. Prominent Church leader Bishop Alexander John Malik was also present on this occasion.
In a social media statement, Provincial Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu explained that this Christmas Celebrations 2016 event was hosted and organized by the honorable Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif himself in honor of the Christian community of Punjab. He further stated that the event was attended by MPAs and Parliamentarians hailing from different religions. He said that guests had arrived from various areas across Punjab. “Special thanks to my party fellows for coming and supporting me,” Khalil Tahir stated.
Moreover, Punjab Government has also set up seven special Christmas bazaars in Lahore in order to facilitate the Christian community. In this regard, City District Government (CDGL) officials have been assigned with special duties to monitor the arrangements of Christmas bazaars. These special Christmas bazaars will be set up at different towns of the city.
In line with details, these bazaars will be set up at Nishtar Town Youhanabad area, Danbasco School Railway Headquarter at Data Gajhbaksh Town, Jalo Mor and Batapur at Wagha Town, Bhar Colony Kot Lakhpat and Makkah Colony Bazaar at Gulberg Town, Alahi Bukhs Road at Ravi Town and China Scheme in the jurisdiction of Shalimar Town.
On the other hand more than 6,000 Christian employees of the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) will also get advance salaries. At the same time, special annual incentive will also be given to Christian employees. As part of Christmas preparations, the Lahore Waster Management Company has chalked out a plan to maintain cleanliness in the city.