ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has felicitated the Christian community on celebrating the Christmas and reiterated that the government would protect their legal rights and interests.
In a message to the Christian community on Thursday, the prime minister said, “Pakistan is committed to the worthy pledge given by the founder of our nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, to irrevocably safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the minorities.”
He said ‘we as a nation are committed to uphold the principles of equality, freedom and security for all communities living in Pakistan, irrespective of their religion, profession or ethnic origin.
He said his government is dedicatedly oriented to preserve the sanctity of existence and equality of opportunity enjoyed by all Pakistanis, including minorities.
He said his government treats all minority citizens as equal citizens of Pakistan and undertakes to empower them to use their abilities for national development.
“I believe in communal harmony, cohesion and profound understanding among all faiths practiced in the length and breadth of the country,” he added. He said Christmas has become a revered symbol of redemption of universal brotherhood, amity and truthfulness that transcends peripheral considerations.