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Christmas train aims to spread tolerance in Pakistan

A Pakistan policeman walks past a Christmas-themed train during its inauguration ceremony in Islamabad on December 22, 2016A Christmas-themed train on Thursday set out on a journey to criss-cross Pakistan in an effort to promote tolerance in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. Adorned with Christmas lights and mock snowmen, and with carriages that have portraits and tributes to notable Christian Pakistanis, the government says it hopes to change mindsets in Pakistan, where attacks and persecution of religious minorities have become routine. Christians make up an estimated 1.6 percent of Pakistan’s 200 million people and have long faced discrimination — sidelined into lowly paid jobs and often the target of trumped-up blasphemy charges.

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