In his message the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr Philip Barton CMG OBE, said:
On behalf of the British High Commission and the people of the United Kingdom, I would like to wish everyone in Pakistan celebrating Christmas, ‘Bara Din Mubarak’.
Christmas is a time to celebrate faith and community. I hope all Christians in Pakistan have a safe and happy Christmas.
On 25 December, the people of Pakistan also celebrate the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. The principles of his vision for Pakistan: freedom, good governance, tolerance, respect for minorities, the rule of law are just as important today as they were in 1947. This year, the UK also celebrated an important birthday – it is 800 years since the Magna Carta, which established similar principles in England, was sealed.
As I have traveled around Pakistan this year, discussing the Magna Carta and what it means to the people of Pakistan today, I have been struck by the determination to create a better future for the country. This determination is paying off. Pakistan is more secure, more prosperous, more democratic. Real challenges remain, but I have met remarkable people across Pakistan whose energy and enthusiasm for their country fills me with hope for the future.
Press Attaché, British High Commission, Islamabad; Tel. 051 201 2000