DESPARDES — “Wishing all our Hindu citizens a happy Diwali,” Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted on Saturday as they celebrated the occasion– sign of re-emerging interfaith harmony which the civil-military leadership is focused on as way forward.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is being celebrated on Sunday, October 27. In Pakistan its celebrations dovetail opening of the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims from India and worldwide.
DIWALI: PAKISTAN JOINS HINDU COMMUNITY IN THEIR CELEBRATIONS
In Dalbandin, one of the remotest parts of Balochistan, all joined hands with the Hindu community in the celebrations.
Such festivals in Pakistan have been a mark of diversity and a strong feature of the society– again emerging after decades of terrorism and extremism having successfully been carpeted through the National Action Plan (NAP).
Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most significant festivals in the Hindu calendar. Diwali celebrations last for five days including in Pakistan.
The Hindu community of Balochistan while celebrating the Diwali festival, also expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people.
Adviser to the Chief Minister on Minorities Affairs Danesh Kumar said the Hindu community of Balochistan supported the Kashmir cause and right of self-determination of the Kashmiris.
“The entire Hindu community is standing side by side with Pakistan Army and the Kashmiri people in their struggle for the right of self-determination,” Mr Kumar said.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday celebrated Diwali with the Hindu and Sikh community of Kashmore district.
“Had the pleasure of spending Diwali with the Sikh & Hindu community today in Kashmore. Wishing all those celebrating in Pakistan & across the world a Happy Diwali,” he tweeted.