Holi, Diwali to be national holidays in Pakistan

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Pakistani parliament on Tuesday adopted resolution to take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as holidays for ministries.

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

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According to news agency APP, the minister for religious affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah said that the Interior Ministry had already given permission to heads of organisations, departments and institutions to grant leave to minorities on their religious festivals.

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Federal Minister for Law and Justice Pervaiz Rashid said that he would not oppose the resolution but it should be reconsidered as the 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.

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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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