Christmas celebrations in Pakistan underway with Carol Concerts and Protests


Rawalpindi: December 22, 2009. (PCP) 20 million Pakistani Christian in Islamic Republic of Pakistan have started celebrations of Christmas with Carol Singing competitions and Protests to repeal blasphemy law.

There is wave of fear among Christian after text messages on hundreds of cell phones with warning of attacks by Islamic militants during feast of Christmas but Christian Colonies are being decorated with lightings and indoor Christmas Trees. In city of Rawalpindi, on December 21, 2009, a Christian Youth Group led by Mr. Nadeem Joseph and Mr. Imitaz John organized a Christmas program for the children of the "Sacred Heart Church" located in Westridge area with Prayer and Praise. Mr. Nadeem hosted the program, he told participant that this program is arranged every year for the encouragement and support of the children who are unprivileged so that they can also enjoy and understand the meaning of Christmas. Many young singers and choirs from different Churches of Rawalpindi were invited. They performed and entertained the crowd. The Children performed a Christmas Play, then showed different talents while Christmas Message was given by Father Desmond Elijah. The Christmas cake was cut for the children, then they received gifts from the Father Desmond. In the end Mr. Imtiaz John thanked every who came to attend the program and also appreciated the support of "Pakistan Christian Congress" and thanked Mr. Xavier William for his presence. Meanwhile, in other part of Rawalpindi, Pakistan Christian Congress council members Mehboob Alam, Saqib Adeel, Zeeshan William and Suleman William led the protest against the Government of Pakistan in conjunction with the UK protest organized by British Asian Pakistani Association and led by Wilson Chowdhry on 19th December 2009. The Protest start at 1.00 PM from Sadiqabad, near Holy Family Hospital where Father Anwer Patras and many other joined and chanted slogans against the Government for immediately repelling the Blasphemy law and give justice to the victims of the Gojra incident. Father Anwer Patras addressing the protest stressed that the Christians should unite and stand against the Government. The Government immediately should repeal the Blasphemy law by an executive order, equal rights should be given to the Christians and the victims of Gojra should get justice. Mehboob Alam and Saqib Adeel also addressed the participants and demanded to be treated equally. In the end Mehboob Alam thanked the participants for attending the protest and said that President of Pakistan Christian Congress Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti is the true voice of the 20 Million Christians. He also said that the PCC is growing in the Rawalpindi District under the leadership of Xavier William the PCC Joint Sectary. The procession walked all the way to the Murree road and then dispersed peacefully. There were mixed mute celebrations of Christmas celebrations in other cities of Pakistan,

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