PESHAWAR: Members of the Christian community celebrated Christmas with religious zeal. They attended special services at illuminated churches, where prayers were offered for the development and prosperity of the country.
The Churches were lightened in Peshawar. Xmas trees, fairy lights, Santa caps and snowmen dotted the churches across the province. Strict security was deployed on entrance of Churches to avoid any untoward situation.
Humphrey peter Surfaraz, the Bishop of Peshawar has said that the Christian in Peshawar will observe 2019 as “The year of family” to inculcate the importance of family values among the young generations.
He was addressing a huge gathering at St. John Cathedral Church after the Christmas masses. The Bishop added that the values that are important in any family are honesty, trust and to have respect for others will be teaching to the youth by organization seminars and other events at Churches in the province.
In different Churches including All Saints Church, St. Josph’s Catholic Church, Cathedral Church, St. Michael Catholic Church and in others special Christmas trees were prepared to celebrate the Christmas.
Civil Societies members said that Pakistan is a Muslim country where minorities enjoy religious freedom. They said that Pakistan was passing through critical circumstances wherein schools, mosques, Imambargah and churches and religious places of minorities were targeted by terrorists but now the situation were better in the country and every one passing his life happily in Pakistan. They said that nefarious designs of anti state elements could be defeated through unit and religious harmony.
Governor Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Shah Farman congratulated the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Christmas celebration.
In a message on the Christmas, Farman said that “At this occasion I extend my greetings to all the Christian community of the country especially those hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.” Farman assured all the minorities that their basic rights are constitutionally protected and the government will make all the efforts to protect it.