RightsNow Pakistan appreciates Govt’s Decision Declaring Holiday on Hindu Festival Holi

Posted: March 20, 2016 in News and Views

Minority005The Sindh Government has announced that March 24 will be a public holiday in the province on account of the Hindu festival of Holi.

We know, in past, only the Hindu community was given a holiday on Holi but this the first time Holi has been declared a public holiday anywhere in Pakistan.

We appreciate National Assembly appreciate which adopted a resolution for declaring Holi, Diwali, and Easter as holidays for our brother and sisters citizens of different faith and for us as well.

In this regard, we appreciate Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani (PML-N) who moved the resolution, “This house is of the opinion that government should take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities.” can be read at http://www.dawn.com/news/1245821

Apparently it seems a small step but practically its impact will be far reaching for democracy, human rights and Governance and over all society. It will send message to our our brother & sisters of different faith that in Pakistan they have equal rights, space, and security as other citizens.

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Had this initiative come by Ministry of religious affairs, it would have given even stronger message to citizens of Pakistan belong to different faith. However, their reluctance in National Assembly was not hidden from common citizens.

This decision by the Government of Pakistan will help improve Pakistan’s image at international level  where it was already in discussion that if Muharam’s particular dates are holidays in India then why not Holidays in Pakistan on Easter, Holi and other sacred occasions.

RightsNow Pakistan Chief Advocate Ali Palh congratulate Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani (PML-N) for his perosnal efforts in this regard, National Assembly Speaker, all NA members and whole Pakistani nation.

 

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