Muslim-majority Pakistan on Tuesday adopted a resolution to declare the Hindu festivals Diwali and Holi, and the Christian festival of Easter, as public holidays, in a significant step for the country’s beleagured religious minorities.
The resolution in parliament, initiated by Hindu lawmaker Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, called for holidays for religious minorities in the officially Islamic nation, Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper reported.
Vankwani said the declaration of such holidays was essential for Pakistan’s “good image” abroad, since Muslim holidays, such as Eid and Muharram, are already observed in countries like the United States and South Asian neighbor India.
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