Pakistanis celebrate Christmas

by Shahbaz Butt

St. John's Cathedral in Peshawar is shown adorned in Christmas lights. [Shahbaz Butt]

Children select a bag meant to hold Christmas presents at St. John's Cathedral in Peshawar. [Shahbaz Butt]

A policeman guards St. John's Cathedral in Peshawar. [Shahbaz Butt]

A shopkeeper hangs ornaments on a Christmas tree in front of his stall in Saddar Bazaar. [Shahbaz Butt]

Painters decorate a wall in Christian Colony in Kala Bari. [Shahbaz Butt]

Students celebrate the coming Christmas at Edwardes College Peshawar. [Shahbaz Butt]

PESHAWAR -- Pakistan's Christian minority brought out ornaments and Santa Claus costumes to celebrate Christmas.

This year the celebrations took place amid much-improved security made possible by troops' long-running crackdown on extremists and terrorists.

Security forces kept a watchful eye in Peshawar on churches and other sites of worship or festivities.

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