LAHORE: The Christmas Peace train Tuesday was warmly received at Raiwind Railway Station.

Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael, Managing Director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Abdul Ghafoor Khan and large number of people were also present for the reception of train, which started its journey from Islamabad on December 22 and will reach Karachi on December 31.

Kamran Michael said that this train has been operated to deliver the message of peace and harmony between people of different faiths especially Christians in Pakistan.

He said that Human Rights Division in collaboration with Pakistan Railways and PTDC has arranged this train to celebrate the Christmas.

He said present government is committed to deliver the nation with basic necessities and better lifestyles over and above cast, religion and status, a news release issued here said.

“Despite of all odds and obstacles, we are hopeful that we will achieve our destiny of a prosperous, enlightened and peaceful Pakistan,” he said.

Federal Minister Kamran Michael will continue his journey with the train till Karachi until its conclusion.

Ch Ghafoor said that this initiative of running the Christmas train has been taken on special directive of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“Under his dynamic leadership the country is on its way of development and prosperity,” he said, adding that present government is creating awareness of peace and harmony between the people of the country.

“We believe in delivering instead of protests and demonstrations only. The ongoing projects in the country are the living proof which is evident of our performance. We hope that Pakistan will attain its glory in all sectors in general and tourism in particular,” he said.

He said that PTDC would appreciate joint venture with Pakistan Railways, Pakistan International Airlines and other organizations for promoting tourism and peace message in the world.