Published On: Tue, Mar 15th, 2016

National Assembly adopts resolution on minority holidays


ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted resolution to take steps to declare Holi, Dewali and Easter as holiday 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 government institutions to grant leave to minorities on their religious festivals.

Federal Minister for Laws and Justice said that all Pakistanis equally share each others joy and sorrow. He said that there is no discrimination on basis of religion and faith, adding every citizen is enjoying religious freedom.

He said that number of holidays in Pakistan is more than any other country and they should reconsider it. He said that he is not opposing the resolution.

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



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