Pak Hindu lawmakers demand holidays

 Pakistan's Hindu lawmakers have asked the government to reduce holidays on Eid and use them as official off-days during Hindu religious festivals.

It was proposed by opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Hindu lawmakers Ramesh Lal and Ramesh Kumar Vankwani of ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz yesterday in the parliament.

The move followed after Sindh provincial government declared Holi a gazetted holiday.

Vankwani demanded that the federal government should declare a holiday on the occasion of Holi and Diwali the two main Hindu festivals, Dawn reported.

"If you think that there are already too many holidays in the country, then days can be subtracted from the three to four-day long Eid holidays," he added.

He was referring to a statement by Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed, who recently said on the floor of the house that Pakistan already had too many national holidays.

Surprisingly, none of the legislators from religious parties Jamaat-i-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam objected to Vankwani's suggestion.

Later, in his speech, Khalil George, a Christian PML-N lawmaker also supported the demands of the Hindu lawmakers.

"We do not have any problems with holidays on our festivals as Easter falls on a Sunday, while Christmas is already a holiday thanks to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's birth anniversary," he said, adding, "but I do support their cause." 

Source PTI

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