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December 25, 2010

Zardari, Gilani greet Christian community

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AFP
December 25, 2010

Islamabad
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have felicitated Christian community on the eve of Christmas falling today (Saturday).
In his message president said, “I wish to felicitate the Christians across the globe particularly our Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.”
The president said, “Christmas is a time for festivity, celebration and rejoicing as well as a reminder to all of us of the message of Jesus Christ (May Allah be pleased with him) of love, forgiveness and brotherhood among the people.”
“We Muslims deeply revere Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Allah whose universal message of love for mankind holds great promise of peace and harmony in a world beset with strife, violence and militancy,” he added.
The president said, “The Christians living in Pakistan are a law abiding and loyal community and we are proud of their tremendous contributions to the advancement and development of the country.”
“On this auspicious occasion I also wish to reiterate the commitment of the democratic Pakistan People’s Party to continue to fight along with our Christian brothers and sisters for the rights of all minorities and deprived people in the country for establishing a liberal and pluralistic society in Pakistan,” he added.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in his message urged people to keep on making efforts for promotion of interfaith dialogue and harmony among different religions to make Pakistan a land of peace and tranquillity.
The prime minister said, “Jesus Christ was the blessed Prophet of Allah. Every Muslim believes in the Prophethood of Jesus Christ and Bible being a divine book revealed to him. This common characteristic binds the Muslim and Christian communities in the spirit of brotherhood.”
Christian community is the largest minority of Pakistan and it is a matter of immense satisfaction and happiness

that our Christian community is contributing to the national development side by side with their other countrymen in every walk of life including education, health, defence, politics and social welfare, Gilani added.
The prime minister said they enjoy complete religious freedom and all civic facilities in Pakistan. Pakistan People’s Party established a relationship of mutual trust and unity with the minorities and gave them their due place since the day one.

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