AIOU declares holiday for Christians on January 1

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Islamabad: Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Professor Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum has declared holiday for the christian employees on January 1 as a gesture of respect and goodwill for them.
Speaking at a Christmas Day’s event held here at the University’s main campus, he appreciated the role of the minority community in the socio-economic development of the country.
The Muslims, he said fully share the joy and happiness of their Christian brothers and sisters. It is a matter of great pleasure that they are enjoying equal rights and privileges in the society for a better life, he added.
The event was marked with cutting of a Christmas cake and distribution of sweets. The ceremony was arranged by the Employees Welfare Association in collaboration with the Project Directorate.
On the occasion, a Christmas tree was also decorated in the premises of the University as a symbol of Christ. It was also reflective of dignified and dedicated role of the Christian community in the national development and love for the country.

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