London: British Attorney General Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve MP appreciated Pakistan High Commission’s efforts for Inter-faith harmony by celebrating Christmas.
Speaking at the Christmas reception at the Pakistan High Commission, Mr Grieve described it as a tremendous move to be part of British political community that enables to bring people together from different backgrounds to involve them in national life and main stream of a multi-cultural society irrespective of faith and ethnicity. “This would determine the success of Britain in the coming century”, he added.
Mr Grieve said the fundamental message of Christmas is peace and good will and added that good will between Pakistan and Britain existed in abundance from long association and a shared future. He termed the Christmas reception a manifestation of the existing goodwill.
Earlier welcoming the guests Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan conveyed to the guests the warmest Christmas greetings from President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the entire Christian community. High Commissioner said their special messages resonate the historic commitment of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that in his Pakistan all citizens would be equal, they would enjoy equal rights and they shall be free to go to their churches, temples, mosques and any other places of worship.
Wajid also reiterated that the Government of Pakistan was strongly committed to protect the minorities as this was also in accordance with the teachings of Islam and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon him).
At the reception, the guests were served with traditional Pakistani cuisine. They were enthralled by live Christmas carols, Pakistani music and Bhangra (folk dance) performed by youngsters.