For the very first time in history since Pakistan’s inception, the country has declared public holidays for religious minority festivals. Religious minority festivals such as Holi, Diwali and Easter will now see holidays just as Muslim festivals in the country. This particular resolution was unanimously adopted in the parliament without much opposition. Pakistan is an Islamic state with several religious minorities in the country. Where Muslim religious festivals enjoyed public holidays, the same was not the case with religious minority festivals. However, according to the new resolution moved by lawmaker Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, all of this is a thing of the past now.
According to reports, the government of Pakistan agreed to accept the resolution and no one really objected to the resolution. In fact, most immediately spoke in favor of the proposed resolution. State Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Amin ul Hasnat Shah said that the Interior Ministry had already given permission to federal organizations, institutions and departments to grant leave to minorities on their religious festivals. It is yet unclear as to whether the public holiday will apply to the entirety of the population or just the minorities concerned.
The Federal Minister for Law and Justice Pervez Rashid stated that Pakistan enjoyed a relatively low number of public holidays compared to major countries. He therefore did not object to the resolution and stated that Pakistanis equally share each other’s joy and sorrow, and that there was no discrimination on the basis of religion and faith,
Every citizen is enjoying religious freedom.
This move by Pakistan to grant public holidays on religious minority festivals is perhaps one of the bigger testaments to the claim. Heads of religious minorities were nothing short of ecstatic on the resolution being adopted.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.