ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi said that the Government of Pakistan held sacrosanct the principle of equal rights and freedom for all citizens irrespective of belief, creed or religion.
“We are committed to building a society that respects difference and finds strength in diversity; a nation that is tolerant and cohesive; and a state that provides equal rights and opportunities to all citizens,” the president said in his message to the nation on Christmas festival.
He said the government’s commitment to the fundamental principles was firmly based on the teachings of Islam, vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and inviolable guarantees of our constitution.
The president extended his greetings to the Christian brethren all over the world particularly Pakistan on the joyous occasion of Christmas.
“Much more than festivity and celebration, the spirit of Christmas is to share, to reach out, and to love all humanity,” he remarked.
He said Jesus Christ brought and preached the message of peace, brotherhood and love for the whole humanity. He (Jesus Christ) guided people towards virtuous living and urged them to seek divine mercy. As a divine messenger, Jesus Christ was venerable to adherents of all religions especially Islam.
The president also commended the sincere efforts of Christian community of Pakistan for the socio-economic development of their country.
He also paid rich tribute to the sacrifices made by the Christians in Pakistan’s fight against terrorism.
“We are proud of our Christian brethren; they are an integral part of our multicultural polity; and together we are building a strong and prosperous Pakistan, for ourselves and our children. May the blessings of Allah Almighty be with us all,” the president said.