According to details, this Christmas dinner which was hosted by President Mamnoon Hussain was attended by prominent Christian leaders along with Church leadership. At this occasion, Prime Minister of Pakistan was also present along with Federal Ministers Abdul Qadir Baloch, Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, Kamran Michael; State Ministers Engineer Muhammad Baleeghur Rehman, Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah; the Parliamentary Secretary Khalil George and several parliamentarians.
While addressing the guests at the Christmas dinner, President Mamnoon Hussain said that the role of the “minorities in the progress, defence, security of the country and social stability is outstanding which is highly commended by the whole nation and the government who considers them a blooming flower of society.”
He also felicitated Christians living all over the world, including Pakistan, on the occasion of Christmas. Further more, he added that the government and nation of Pakistan would leave no stone unturned in guarantying the wellbeing and protection of the Christian brethren and would stand by them through thick and thin.
Moreover, President said that the Pakistani government has already taken momentous measures for the benefit of minority communities living in Pakistan. These, he said included “allocating seats for minorities in the Parliament and provincial assemblies, five percent quota for the minorities in all federal services, facility of providing leave to minority employees on the occasion of their religious festivals, establishment of a Minorities Welfare Fund, scholarships for minority students, setting up of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) and declaring 11th August as Minorities Day in Pakistan.”
He warned that there are some erroneous elements that try to mutilate peaceful atmosphere in the country on account of religious lines or sectarianism. “They should desist from such activities otherwise the government would take strict action against them as it is determined to preserve the religious harmony in the country.”
At this occasion, President, the Prime Minister along with federal ministers and Christian leaders also cut the cake to mark Christmas.