Christmas holiday themed train on Thursday set on a trip to move through Pakistan in an effort to promote tolerance in the country.
Adorned with holiday Christmas lights and fake snow, and with vehicles that have pictures and greetings to prominent Christian Pakistani government says it hopes to change attitudes in Pakistan.
Christians account for about 1.6 percent of Pakistan’s 200 million people. “This is a sign of tolerance, and everyone celebrates Christmas holiday together,” Human Rights Minister Kamran Michael told AFP, pointing out that members of the public will be welcome to visit the train and seeing the exhibits along the many stops her.
It kicked off Thursday afternoon from Islamabad to Peshawar and will travel to Lahore on Christmas holiday before leaving for Karachi on January 1.
Said Agnes, a Catholic Pakistani who attended the opening ceremony, she is grateful for the gesture, recognizing that it was symbolic.
“- But it makes me feel proud, it is a first step: I have nothing more than a job,” she said. “Let’s hope we can celebrate Christmas in peace and harmony in the many years to come.”