On the occasion of Christmas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police had made special security arrangements for churches and other places expected to see Christian gatherings. In this regard, police contingents were deployed in and around the main churches. City’s main churches including All Saints Church, Saint John’s Cathedral and others saw heavy deployment of police contingents.
In addition to providing foolproof security almost all the regional police officers and district police officers reportedly participated in Christmas celebrations. These police officials were directed by the Inspector General of Police (IG) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Furthermore, KPK Police had sent cakes and sweets to main churches felicitating the Christian community on the occasion of Christmas. In Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior police officer Mohammad Tahir and Senior SSP Operations Sajjad Khan, SPs Malik Imran, Waseem Khalil, Shahzada Kokab Farooq, Sahibzada Sajjad and several other officials participated in the Christmas celebrations.
In the midst of tight security, Christians celebrated Christmas traditional zeal. In Peshawar, the main event in this connection was held at Saint John Cathedral. Bishop Humphrey Sarfraz Peter graced the event as chief guest. A large number of Christians gathered from across the city and attended the event. At this occasion special prayers were offered for the prosperity and development of the country.
At the All Saint Church in Kohati Gate, another ceremony was held where relatives of the victims of twin suicide blasts, offered prayers for their deceased loved ones. A cake cutting ceremony was held at Parachinar Church; which was attended by local elders, members of Christian community and local political administrators.
In Swat, two Christmas related events were held, which were attended by local Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. Local police officials and district administration also attended these events. Father Samuel Gill, while addressing the gathering said that the day reminds us of the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ gave a message of peace to the world.
“I am pleased to see people belonging to other faiths standing with us to share our happiness and show love and affection towards the Christian community,” he said while adding, “We, the members of Christian community, are fortunate to be Pakistanis where we are happy and can celebrate our religious festival with zeal and enthusiasm. The Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs also take part in our festivals,” he added.