COAS, General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M), joined the Christian community at Christ Church, Rawalpindi, in Christmas celebrations on December 25, 2023. The congregation welcomed the COAS and thanked him for sharing in the festivity. The COAS wished Merry Christmas to the entire Christian community in Pakistan. He expressed reverence for the religious community and stressed the need to promote greater interfaith harmony in the society to follow Quaid's true vision of a united and progressive Pakistan.
He noted, "Islam teaches us the lessons of peace, friendship, and encourages interfaith harmony, which is the need of the hour." COAS stressed the importance of having a correct perspective, truth, and knowledge-based opinions about national issues rather than following rhetoric and propaganda to address complex challenges and issues.
"Enemies of Pakistan are hell-bent on creating fissures using religious, ethnic, and political vulnerabilities. We have to stand together and united to rise as a resolute and strong nation," remarked COAS. He paid a glowing tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's great vision and leadership on his 147th birthday, quoting Quaid's historical remarks made in his speech on August 11, 1947, while addressing the Constituent Assembly, "You are free. You are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan."
At the end, COAS fittingly acknowledged the contributions and sacrifices made by the entire Christian community of Pakistan in all fields and domains.