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For The First Time, Pakistan Will Declare Public Holidays On Holi, Diwali And Easter

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LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2015/03/05: Devotees were enjoying wiping colored powders in each other as they celebrate the Holi festival. Pakistani Hindu community gather in Krishna Temple to take a part of their religious rituals to celebrate Holi, the Spring Festival of Colors. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | Pacific Press via Getty Images
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For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the country will get public holidays on Holi, Diwali and Easter after its parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution to this effect.

The resolution, which was moved by lawmaker Dr.Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, was adopted by the National Assembly to take steps to declare the festivals as holidays for minorities.

According to The Tribune, the Pakistan government has agreed to accept the resolution.

No one really objected to the resolution, reported Dawn.

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

While the Federal Minister for Laws and Justice Pervaiz Rashid said that the number of holidays in Pakistan are more than any other country, he didn't object to the resolution either.

The minister also said that all Pakistanis equally share each others joy and sorrow and there is no discrimination on the basis of religion and faith. "Every citizen is enjoying religious freedom," he said.


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