Holi, Dewali and Easter as Holidays in Pakistan

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:41

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted resolution to take steps to declare Holi, Dewali and Easter as holidays for minorities.

The resolution was moved by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani that “This house is of the opinion that government should take steps to declare Holi Dewali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities”.

State Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah speaking in the house said that Interior Ministry has already given permission to heads of organizations, departments and institutions to grant leave to minorities on their religious festivals.

Federal Minister for Law and Justice Pervaiz Rashid said he would not oppose the resolution but it should be reconsidered as number of holidays in Pakistan are more than any other country.

He said that there is no discrimination on basis of religion and faith, adding that every citizen is enjoying religious freedom.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousif and Parliamentary Secretary of Interior Minister Maryum Aurangzeb also did not oppose the resolution.

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