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On December 22, the “Christmas train” in Pakistan will be launched. This special train service is meant to highlight the role of Christians in Pakistan’s history, something that is often omitted in public education. Christians in Pakistan face intense persecution because of their faith identity. False blasphemy accusations, forced conversions, and widespread discrimination name only a few of the issues faced by the persecuted minority.  

12/15/2016 Pakistan (Daily Times) – For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Human Rights Minister Senator Kamran Michael has made a move to provide a special train service to the Christians of the country. The train service, dubbed the Christmas train, will be launched on December 22.

Talking to Daily Times, Michael said that the Christian community was an equal partner in the struggle for ensuring sustained development, stability, security and solidarity of the country. He said the ‘Christmas train’ would highlight the role of Christians in the creation of the country and its development. He added that the constitution of Pakistan grants non-Muslims the freedom of observing their religious practices.

Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and the senator will inaugurate the special train on December 22 at Margalla Railway Station, Islamabad. Michael is eager for the participation of a large number of diplomats, media and members of civil society. The two ministers will bear the expenses of the train service.

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