LAHORE: As Hindu community celebrated the colourful festival of Holi in different parts of the country – and across the globe – with traditional enthusiasm, greetings poured in from all walks of life, predominantly from the political arena.
Commenced on Wednesday, the Holi celebrations – which formally mark the beginning of spring season – will end today.
In his message, Prime Minister Imran Khan wished “a very happy and peaceful Holi, the festival of colours” to the minority community.
Wishing our Hindu community a very happy and peaceful Holi, the festival of colours.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 20, 2019
The official Twitter handle of the Government of Pakistan also extended Holi greetings.
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) March 20, 2019
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also wished a “Happy Holi”.
“Happy Holi to all my Hindu brothers & sisters. On the happy occasion of Holi, let us spread the wonderful message of peace and happiness,” he wrote.
Happy Holi to all my Hindu brothers & sisters. On the happy occasion of Holi, let us spread the wonderful massage of peace and happiness. pic.twitter.com/4Gg8blgjJX
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) March 20, 2019
Earlier on March 10, the Pakistan Hindu Council had passed a unanimous resolution against Indian aggression and lauded Pak Army for defending motherland. It also decided to celebrate the anticipated festival on March 23 – the eve of Pakistan Day – to show solidarity with the army.
A formal program was also issued stating that the central ceremony will be held at Krishna Mandir, Ravi Road, under the auspices of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).
The ETPB has completed arrangements, including security, on the directions of ETPB Chairman Siddiqul Farooq.
Pakistan Hindu Welfare Council (PHWC) Chairman Dr Manohar Chan and Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Pardhan Sardar Sham Singh said the Hindu community and people belonging to other religions believed in inter-faith harmony.