Provincial government in Punjab has announced to set up special bazaars dubbed as “Christmas Bazaars” on the occasion of Christmas this year. These bazaars are intended to facilitate Christian community of the province to shop items for daily use on discounted prices. These bazaars are due to open for the public on December 22 on wards in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sialkot and various cities of Punjab.
The Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities’ Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu announced the setting up of Christmas bazaars during a meeting held in Lahore. He detailed that the provincial government is keenly interested in facilitating the Christian community on the occasion of Christmas. Kahlil Tahir also said that these bazaars will provide quality products to the consumers at prices comparatively less than routine rates. He further said that the authorities have directed the concerned security authorities to ensure fool proof security at these Christmas bazaars.
During this meeting, the Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities’ Affairs also stated that the Punjab Government is earnestly taking all measures to ensure fool proof security at churches across the province. He said that he had already directed the concerned officials to chalk out efficacious plans in order to secure the public place, churches and all places likely to harbor gatherings at Christmas. During the meeting he said that the authorities have been directed to make sure that the security personnel are deployed at the churches on Christmas Eve.
Last year, similar bazaars were also set up in six different locations in Lahore, including Youhanabad – one of the largest Christian neighborhoods in the country. Other locations included, Jallo Mor in Wahga Town near BRB Canal, Gulberg Town near Makkah Colony, Nishter town near Yohanabad Ferozpur Road, Data Gunj Bakhsh Town opposite Don Basco School near Railway Headquarters, Shalimar Town at China Scheme Chowk and in Data Town the bazaar has been set up at Elahi Bukhsh Road.