Pak Christians pray for peace on Christmas
Last Updated: Sunday, December 25, 2011, 14:42
Karachi: Christians in Pakistan prayed for peace in the country as they celebrated Christmas amid heavy security and vigilance at churches across the nation.

In Karachi, which has the largest Christian population in the country, the community members came out in large numbers to attend the midnight prayers during which special prayers were held for improved inter-faith relations and peace.

The provincial information minister, Shazia Marri in a sign of solidarity with the Christian community visited the famous Trinity church at midnight and cut a Christmas cake and distributed gifts among children.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had also cut a ceremonial Christmas cake along with the Minister of State for National Harmony, Akram Masih Gill, and leaders from other minority communities at Fatima Church, Islamabad yesterday.

Security inside and outside the churches in the city was very tight.

"All this is to ensure smooth proceedings of festivities and services on Christmas," a senior police official said.

The government has also promised that there will be no load shedding at churches on Christmas.

The Christian community in Peshawar had one more reason to celebrate this year.

After five years, they could hold their traditional fair at a Christian school in Kohati Chowk which had been postponed due to the security situation in the province.


First Published: Sunday, December 25, 2011, 14:42

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