Pakistan declares Diwali, Holi, Easter as national holidays

BACKIndia-PakFor the first time in 68 years the Pakistan government has declared Holi, Diwali and Easter as national holidays.

The decision was taken after Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, an elected Hindu lawmaker of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League from Sindh, moved the resolution in Parliament.

The step by the government is seen as a welcome move to improve its image as a tolerant nation where Hindus make up around 2 percent of the country’s population and Christians around 1.6 percent.