Festivals like Christmas promote religious harmony: CM



LAHORE: Punjab’s Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said on Saturday that festivals like Christmas promote religious harmony.

He said this while addressing a ceremony held at CM’s office as part of the Christmas celebrations.

The Chief Minister cut the Christmas cake and congratulated the Christian community.

The Pakistani nation also shares the joys and happiness of the various festivals.

He said minorities, especially the Christian community, had played a laudable role in the progress and development of the country.

He praised the services rendered by the Christian community, its love for the country and its commitment to the homeland.

He said: “Pakistan belongs to every citizen and minorities have equal rights and full religious freedom.

“Provincial Ministers Ejaz Alam, Sardar Husnain Bahadur Drashk, Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmed, Punjab Government Spokesman Hasaan Khawar, MPs Mahendra Pal Singh, Syed Iftikhar Gilani, Haroon Gul, Bishop Azad Marshall, Archbishop Sebastian Francis , Dr Majid Abe, Chief of Salvation Army Lahore, Chairman of the Punjab Minority Advisory Board Jacqueline Tressler, Deputy Chairman of the Punjab Minority Advisory Board Robinson Aziz Frances, Bishop Wilson John Gill, Secretary for Rights of the man and minority affairs and others were present on this occasion.

Waleed for using Quaid’s teachings: Pakistani Senator Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Waleed Iqbal on Saturday stressed the need to use Quaid-e-Azam’s ideas and teachings to ensure self-accountability.

Addressing a ceremony held on the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the birth of Quaid-i-Azam here in Aiwan-e-Iqbal, he insisted on understanding the context of the

Pakistani resolution,

Address to Allahabad and letters from Dr Allama Iqbal written to the Father of the Nation.

Waleed said that Allama Iqbal in the last part of his speech in Allahabad mentioned the lack of leadership that Muslims in the subcontinent face.

He said that Allama Iqbal in his letters to Quaid-i-Azam had mentioned, “Jinnah, you are the only person who can rule Muslims.

“The senator said that people asked Allama Iqbal why you said this for Quaid-i-Azam, who (Iqbal) replied because Jinnah was honest and impossible to buy.

Earlier, a cake was also cut to mark the birthday of the father of the Quaid-i-Azam nation.

Brig (R) Waheeduz Zaman, Director of Iqbal Academy Dr Baseera Abreen, Administrator of Awain-e-Iqbal Complex Anjum Waheed, Senior Journalist Sajjad Mir, Director of Turkish Cultural Center Ulas Ertas Yunus Emre also spoke on this occasion .

Later, dua was offered for the peace, progress and prosperity of the country.


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