Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan Railways inaugurated a special countrywide Christmas Peace Train today (Thursday) in capital city Islamabad, aimed at spreading the message of love, peace and harmony to help counter religious intolerance.

Minister for Railways Saad Rafique inaugurated the Christmas Peace Train service on Thursday.

The minister said that Pakistan’s Constitution provides equal opportunities to everyone including minorities to live and progress.

The Christmas Peace Train will start its journey from Rawalpindi today and is scheduled to reach Karachi on December 31, 2016.

Pakistan Railways launched the train in collaboration with Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, Pakistan Railways and Human Rights Division to create awareness about inter-faith harmony in the country through this initiative and to mark Christmas as well as the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael visited the Railway Locomotive Carriage Factory in Islamabad earlier this week and reviewed the arrangements for the Christmas Peace Train.

He said during the visit, “We are a peace ambassador to the world. We have combated the wave of militancy and terrorism successfully.”

The minister elucidated the role and struggle of Christian community as an equal partner in the development and solidarity of the country, and urged all people and Christian community in particular to continue their commitment to strengthen the country.