Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan, opposition leaders congratulated Hindus on Diwali


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and leaders of the main opposition parties on Thursday greeted the country’s minority Hindu community on Diwali, the festival of lights.

“Happy Diwali to all our Hindu community,” Khan tweeted in both Urdu and English. Diwali is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus across the world.

Over 4 million Pakistani Hindus also celebrate the festival with religious devotion.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar and Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also extended Diwali greetings to the members of the minority community.

Leader of the Opposition and President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Shahbaz Sharif also extended his best wishes to the Hindu community in Pakistan and across the world.

He tweeted, “May the festival of lights be a source of peace, love and joy across the world!??

Pakistan People’s Party President Bilawal Bhutto also extended Diwali greetings to the Hindu community.

He said in a statement, “We need to understand the message of Diwali, which teaches us that no matter how powerful the evil, its defeat is inevitable at the hands of determination and relentless struggle.

The PPP president said that his party’s philosophy is also to “fight against darkness, injustice and inequality in the country.

“Pakistani Hindus are celebrating Diwali with enthusiasm and fervor across the country, families decorating their homes and temples with colorful lights.

According to Geo News reports, special pujas (pujas) will be performed at various temples, while sweets will also be distributed among the people during the religious festival.

Festivals will also be held in Karachi, Lahore and other major cities besides Matiyari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Jamshoro, Badin, Sanghar, Hala, Tando Adam and Shahdadpur.

Hindus are the largest minority community in Pakistan.

Most of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with their Muslim peers.

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