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Christians celebrate Easter with religious zeal across Pakistan

Easter commemorates the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.
Updated Apr 01, 2018 09:16pm

Christian community on Sunday celebrated Easter with fullest traditional religious zeal and fervour across the country. The religious festival commemorates the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

Special services were hosted at different places where the Christian community attended special prayers for salvation, and for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.

Punjab Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu felicitated Christians on Easter, saying the day has great importance for the community.

He said all religious minorities enjoy equal rights under the Constitution of Pakistan. The minister said there was a great need to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ to promote love, peace and sacrifice.

Christian devotees holding candles while attending an Easter vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore. — AFP
Christian devotees holding candles while attending an Easter vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore. — AFP

Policemen stand guard during the Easter mass at the Christ Church in Karachi. — AFP
Policemen stand guard during the Easter mass at the Christ Church in Karachi. — AFP

Christian devotees holding candles while attending an Easter vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore. — AFP
Christian devotees holding candles while attending an Easter vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore. — AFP

Christian devotees holding candles while attending an Easter vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore.  — AFP
Christian devotees holding candles while attending an Easter vigil mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore. — AFP

Christian attend Easter mass at the Christ Church in Karachi. ─AFP
Christian attend Easter mass at the Christ Church in Karachi. ─AFP

Christians attend Easter mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. —AFP
Christians attend Easter mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. —AFP

Christians attend Easter mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. —AFP
Christians attend Easter mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. —AFP

Christians attend Easter mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. —AFP
Christians attend Easter mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. —AFP

Christians hold candles while attending midnight Easter service at St. Patrick church in Karachi, on March 31, 2018. —AP
Christians hold candles while attending midnight Easter service at St. Patrick church in Karachi, on March 31, 2018. —AP

Policemen stand guard during an Easter mass at the Christ Church in Karachi. — AFP
Policemen stand guard during an Easter mass at the Christ Church in Karachi. — AFP

Christians hold candles while attending midnight Easter service at St Patrick church in Karachi. —AP
Christians hold candles while attending midnight Easter service at St Patrick church in Karachi. —AP

Christians attend Easter mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. — AFP
Christians attend Easter mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore. — AFP

Christians attend Easter service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Lahore. —AP
Christians attend Easter service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Lahore. —AP

Christians hold candles while attending midnight Easter service at St. Patrick church in Karachi. —AP
Christians hold candles while attending midnight Easter service at St. Patrick church in Karachi. —AP

Police officers stand guard at St Patrick church, where Christians are attending midnight Easter service. ─AP
Police officers stand guard at St Patrick church, where Christians are attending midnight Easter service. ─AP