Pakistani Christians hold a “collective prayer” for peace in the country

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Thousands of Pakistani Christians gather to offer prayers for “peace, harmony and tranquility in the country,” in Raiwand, Lahore. On March 31, Friday a worship meeting titled “Pakistan Zinda Baad” was arranged by Eternal Life Ministries. Pakistan’s well known televangelist, Pastor Anwar Fazal hosted the ceremony; as he ministered to about one hundred thousand Christians attending the prayer and worship meeting.

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Thousands of Pakistani Christians offered prayers while being led by Pastor Anwar Fazal from Eternal Life Ministries. Prominent Pakistani Christian leaders Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu, Member of Punjab Assembly Shehzad Munshi, minority leader Asif Bhatti and several representatives from various churches also attended this prayer meeting. At this occasion, Pastor John from Australia also participated in this prayer service.

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Provincial Minister Tahir Khalil Sandhu, while addressing the congregants stated that in times such as these; the need to promote and uphold interfaith harmony has become inevitable. He said that there is a need for special efforts and efficacious measures to promote interfaith harmony; so that relations between Christians and Muslims are strengthened. He emphasized on the need to promote love and harmony in the society.

The provincial minister further told the congregants that special efforts need to be made in order to strengthen bonds between Muslim and Christian communities. He said that we need to work on promoting love and harmony in the society. There is a need to promote interfaith dialogue across the globe. Tahir Khalil Sandhu urged his fellow countrymen to “forge unity in their ranks to be able to overcome all challenges.”

The congregants sang hymns as well as national songs and prayed for progress and prosperity of Pakistan. Christian leaders said that Pakistan belongs to all living in the country. They unanimously stated that the forces thwarting interfaith harmony are nation’s enemies. They stated that Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other faiths are united as one nation and will “defeat the enemy of peace by promoting among us interfaith harmony, tolerance and brotherhood.” Christians attending the ceremony also waived national flags in order to express their love and solidarity with their motherland.