Monday March 19, 2018

Hindu, Christian leaders appreciate Pakistan’s decision on holidays for minorities festival


Hindu and Christian religious leaders today welcomed the decision of the National Assembly of Pakistan for adopting a resolution, declaring holidays on festivals celebrated by minorities–Holi, Diwali and Easter.

Elated over declaration of holidays, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, an offshoot of RSS, welcomed the decision and dubbed it as one positive step towards ‘recognition of world’s oldest religion.”’ Holi, a festival of colors, has given a befitting opportunity to rise above prejudices and we welcome the announcement in the same spirit. It’s good that they (Pakistanis) are returning to their roots,” said Surendra Jain, VHP General Secretary.

Earlier, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, US Rajan Zed had hailed the decision of the National Assembly of Pakistan and thanked legislators for adopting the resolution.

”For the first time, the Sindh Government has declared a public holiday for Holi throughout the Sindh Province for all offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under the administrative control of Sindh Government except essential services, which is a commendable move, ‘said Mr Zed, in a statement.

”Despite theological differences, religions teach us qualities including love, sharing, respect, fairness, morality, ethics, and forgiveness, among others and dialogue helps us overcome prejudices, brings us closer and results in mutual enrichment, ‘he added.

Father John Dayal, spokesperson, United Christian Forum, too welcomed the decision. However, he said the substantive issue was to restore confidence of minorities especially Christians, Hindus by abolishing ‘world’s infamous blasphemy laws.”’ You see the bigger issue is that minorities are being victimized in many ways in Pakistan. So many people, particularly, Christians are on death row for allegedly violating blasphemy issues. Their government should also address bigger issues,” he said.

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Won’t mind crossing border to protect Kashmir: Rajnath

On the issue of terrorism, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting global consensus and managed to bring the international community on board

Mr. Singh mentioned the Indian brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims in India and mentioned strict action against Pakistan terror aids to India in his Kashmir speech
Rajnath Singh went harsh on Pakistan in his Kashmir speech
  • Union minister Rajnath Singh said that Kashmir is India’s
  • He said he’ll cross borders if he has to
  • He also praised Indian army for their services towards the nation

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no power in the world can take Kashmir away from India and if need be forced can cross the border to protect the country’s territorial integrity.

“Kashmir is, was and will be ours always. No one can take it from us,” Rajnath Singh said, addressing the CNN News18 Rising India Summit.

Rajnath praises indian army for its services.

He praised the Indian Army for its valour to secure the country and warned Pakistan, saying “we not only secure India within but can also cross the border to protect the country, if needed. No one should take it otherwise.”

He said India wanted good ties with Pakistan, provided it stopped aiding terrorists.

“Now the US is condemning Pakistan. I don’t know what happened to Pakistan. We want good relations with Pakistan but it has refused to accept our offer of friendship.

“Pakistan is giving legitimacy to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed who is establishing a political party there and wants to contest in elections.”

The Minister said the government was keen on finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem and was open to speak to anyone.

To resolve the Kashmir issue, Rajnath Singh said, the government-appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, is moving forward and has invited people from all sections for talks.

Kashmir is ours and ours only, says Rajnath.

He said Kashmir’s children were like his own and would not allow anyone brainwash them into radicalisation.

“I want to tell those who are trying to teach jihad to innocent Kashmiri youths that they should first learn the real concept of jihad in Islam.”

The Minister said he had personally asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ignore cases filed against the first-time stone-pelters.

Earlier in 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders.

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“We have forgiven first-time stone-pelters. They might have been influenced by others. They are young. We need to give them a second chance,” he said.

The Home Minister said the government never differentiated between the children in Kashmir and those in the other parts of the country.

On the issue of terrorism, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting global consensus and managed to bring the international community on board. Rajnath Singh also highlighted the government’s efforts in dealing with Maoists.

Anything to protect Kashmir: Home minister, Rajnath.

“The battle against Naxals can’t be won through bullets. We are taking several developmental initiatives in this direction. We are trying to reach those areas which have remained unreachable since independence.

“Naxalism was a huge problem for India but in the last four years we have now achieved major success in that space.”