Embassy of Pakistan Hosts Christmas Dinner in Paris

ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (APP): The Embassy of Pakistan in
France hosted a Christmas dinner in Paris, on Saturday.
A large number of members of faith leaders, Pakistani French
Christian community as well as Parliamentarians, officials of
French government, civil society representatives and media attended the event, said a press release received here.
The speakers on the occasion recalled the teachings of Jesus
Christ, who was sent to this world as a symbol of peace, brotherhood
and respect for the entire humanity.
He not only healed the ailing humanity but preached the divine
values of tolerance, love and compassion.
Mr. Francois Pupponi, President of France-Pakistan
Friendship Group in the National Assembly of France who was the
chief guest on the occasion appreciated the role of the Pakistani
community as responsible citizens of France.
He also spoke about strong bilateral relations between France
and Pakistan and expressed his confidence that they will continue to
grow further in coming days.
The Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque conveyed
felicitations and good wishes to the participants and their families
on the festive occasion.
He said Pakistan was fully committed to safeguarding the
rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities. He noted that the
Christian community in Pakistan was playing its due role in the
national development, progress and prosperity as equal citizens.
He underlined the importance Islam gives to respecting all
faiths and emphasized the need for mutual respect, understanding and
dialogue in these challenging times.
The leaders of Pakistani Christian community in their speeches
said that Christmas was a time of celebration and rejoicing for
Christians all lover the world.
They appreciated and expressed their gratitude to the Embassy
for holding this event.
A special Christmas cake was also cut on the occasion.
A group of young children also presented a cultural
performance at the event.