KHANEWAL/SIALKOT

The Christian community is celebrating Xmass Day with traditional zeal, enthusiasm and religious fervour today (Thursday) with renewal of the pledge to play a key role in the national prosperity and stability.

Churches in Sialkot and Khanewal have been illuminated. The Christians will offer special prayers for global peace, national integrity, solidarity and prosperity. They will also cut cakes, besides, greeting and exchanging each other and exchange gifts during the special X-mass ceremonies.

The X-mass trees and churches were decorated and illuminated in Sialkot, Daska, Bhopalwala, Sambrial, Uggoki, Aadha, Pasrur, Chawinda, Badiana and surrounding areas The district administration has made fool proof security arrangements in all the 134 churches in the district to avert any untoward incident.

Security has been beefed up, as the police troops and personnel of the law enforcing agencies were patrolling there. CCTV camera have been installed in and around the churches.

Meanwhile, Bethak celebrated Christmas Peace Festival in collaboration with REAT network. Shahzad Francis, head of programmes, pointed out that promotion of cultural heritage becomes the cause of bringing the communities closer to one another. Increasing chaos due terrorism demands that all the sectors of the society should take stand to stop the violence with collective efforts. He stressed a need for raising awareness of people through common cultural values and promoting peace and harmony through culture.

Fr Emmanual Sharif in his message declared that Christmas is a festival of prayers for universal peace and harmony among people of all faiths. The real meaning of celebration of Christmas is to create a spirit of love, peace and harmony between one another. Roohi Bano, Saima Sikandar, Lucy OP, Akhtar Hussain, Sadia Akram and Cecil Paul were of the opinion that celebration of Christmas promotes interfaith harmony.