ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President, Dr Arif Alvi, has said that minorities in Pakistan enjoy all political, economic, and social rights guaranteed by the constitution of the country.
In a message on the occasion of Christmas, which is being celebrated on 25 December, the president said that our religion, Islam, fully recognizes and protects the rights of minorities. The government provides equal opportunities to all citizens irrespective of their class, color, and creed.
He said that the founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in his historic speech of 11 August 1947, had stated that everyone, irrespective of religion, color, and creed, would have equal rights, privileges, and obligations, along with complete religious freedom in Pakistan.
As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the festive occasion, let us also remember the values that bind us together as a nation— protection of minority rights, respect for diversity, and a commitment to building a tolerant and inclusive society; President Alvi said while extending his warmest and heartfelt greetings to the Christian community on the joyous occasion of Christmas.
He also assured that the government was committed to ensuring the protection of the rights of all religious minorities in the country, adding that he felt pride to say that all organs of the state fully protect the minorities’ rights.
President Calls for Unity
He said that together, we can work towards a brighter and more harmonious future for our great nation.
He said that Christmas was a time of joy, celebration, and reflection, holding a special place in the hearts of our Christian brethren. It commemorated the birth of Prophet Hazrat Essa (A.S), whose teachings of peace, love, and compassion continue to inspire and guide them.
The diversity of cultures and religions was a source of strength for Pakistan, and their Christian community had considerably contributed to the social and economic development of the country, he added.