Pakistan to declare Holi, Diwali, Easter as holidays

If the government adheres to the resolution - which it is expected to - the interior ministry will issue a notification declaring the holidays.

By: IANS | Islamabad | Published: March 17, 2016 9:46 am
Women from the Pakistani Hindu community celebrate Holi, the spring festival of colors in Lahore, Pakistan, AP. Women from the Pakistani Hindu community celebrate Holi, the spring festival of colors in Lahore, Pakistan (Source: AP)

The Pakistan National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution to take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as holidays for minorities in the country.

“This house is of the opinion that government should take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities,” read the resolution moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Vankwani.

The interior ministry has already given permission to heads of federal organisations, departments, and institutions to grant leave to minorities on their religious festivals, State Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah told the house.

If the government adheres to the resolution – which it is expected to – the interior ministry will issue a notification declaring the holidays.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Laws and Justice Pervaiz Rashid said that although he was not opposing the resolution, the number of holidays in Pakistan are more than any other country and the resolution should be reconsidered.

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    mitra
    Mar 17, 2016 at 6:53 am
    These holidays are for respective minorities only. It also means that so far these minorities were not getting these holidays. Shame on all stanis.
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      Indian
      Mar 17, 2016 at 8:29 am
      It's a SHAME for Pak that even after 70 years getting independence, they had not declared Holidays for minorities. Most of the minorities from PAK had either fled the country
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        Jemma Thomas
        Mar 17, 2016 at 7:00 am
        Take Ramadan out of it so it will be perfectly ok.
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          BharatK
          Mar 17, 2016 at 8:05 am
          "closed holidays for minorities" which I think is the restricted holidays for the communities. And not for the country as a w. In India, so many holidays of small communities are imposed on the nation and result loss of huge economy. Those holidays are for small segments of society should be restricted holidays for these communties, and not for the w nation.
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          1. Sashi Pillai
            Mar 17, 2016 at 6:53 am
            It is a bit too late for stan to declare Holi, Diwali and Christmas as holidays as after seventy odd years since Independence most of the Christians and Hindus who could afford it have left the country and rest live in fear of the threat of blasphemy and also they do not have vote like all Muslims do, I mean one man one vote
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