Hundreds of Christians dressed like Santa Claus have taken to streets of Pakistan to promote peace ahead of Christmas. The 'Peace Festival' in Lahore on 11 December was organised by Gospel News Ministries.

Over 300 people walked several kilometres in the eastern part of the city, with many dressed up in festive clothing, driving white and red carts and singing Christmas songs.

Event organiser Pastor Shahzad Siddique said, "We want to say that Jesus Christ was the prince of peace and we want peace in Pakistan. We want every citizen of Pakistan, every community, every tribe to live a life of peace because our religion gives message of peace."

Others in the parade were seen carrying a Christmas tree, and cutting a festive cake. Many involved in the parade said that spreading the message of peace in Pakistan was important.

Sana, who was dressed as Santa Claus, said, "When Christmas arrives it brings the message of peace and security. That is why we are sharing the joy of Christmas. The purpose of this rally is so that peace can prevail in Pakistan".

Christians make up around 4% of the population of Pakistan.