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Pakistan Renowned Sufi singer and Qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan of Holi The song Holi Aai Jaane Kyun Door Chal Gaye is quite popular. Its lyrics, “Bichhad gaya mere inj da jaani, te me kahan wangar rul gayi..” touch the heart. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan This inclination towards Holi makes one emotional. Today in Pakistan, such a decision has been given regarding Holi, which this Qawwal would never have imagined. universities I have banned Holi.
After this, Pakistan is being criticized for its Taliban move. Pakistan is already infamous for atrocities on minorities. In such a situation, its latest step is being considered against the Hindu and Sikh population. In fact, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Islamabad has issued this Taliban order.
It says that it is sad to see such activities, which are a threat to our socio-cultural values and the Islamic identity of the country. Let us tell you that hundreds of students celebrated Holi in the Islamabad campus of Pakistan’s Quaid-e-Azam University. Its videos were becoming quite viral on social media. Let us tell you what is the status of Hindu festivals there?
Students celebrating Holi were attacked in March
In March, a radical Islamic student organization in Pakistan attacked students celebrating Holi at Punjab University. 15 Hindu students were injured in this attack. It was told in media reports that its permission was taken from the university administration. Still they were attacked. Hindus are a minority in Pakistan and they are forced to celebrate their festivals out of fear. Hindus in Pakistan celebrate Diwali, Holi, Navratri and Janmashtami with great faith.
What is the status of Hindu festivals in Pakistan?
The government of Pakistan claims that it ensures that Hindus celebrate their festivals with pomp without any fear, but the way radicalism is increasing in Pakistan. In that situation, Indians have to face problems many times. In Pakistan, there are 2 percent of the total population who believe in Hinduism. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan, the Hindu population of Pakistan was 1.6 percent. Out of this, 6.6 percent Hindus live in the Sindh province of Pakistan.
Hindus in Pakistan celebrate Diwali with great pomp. Especially in Sindh, there is a special enthusiasm about this. Apart from Sindh, the brightness of Diwali is also seen in Punjab, Balochistan, Hyderabad. Diwali in Pakistan’s Punjab province is special because here the Gurudwara and the mosque are present in the same complex.
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Atrocities on Hindus are increasing
There are many areas in Pakistan where Hindus are forced to hide their identity. In the remote areas of Sindh province, there are many incidents of forced conversion and kidnapping of Hindu girls for marriage. In such a situation, Diwali does not have any special significance for these people. The elders living here instruct the youth to be careful especially on the day of Diwali.
go to temples and light lamps
According to a report by News18.com, people in Pakistan go to Hindu temples and light lamps. They go to temples and congratulate each other on Diwali. In Pakistan, a huge crowd can be seen at Hinglaj Mata Temple, Katasraj Shiv Temple, Ram Temple near Islamabad, Hanuman Temple in Karachi and Gorakhnath Temple in Peshawar. But with the passage of time, the kind of hatred environment is being created in Pakistan against Hindus. It is also affecting festivals.