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Hindus in Pakistan celebrate Diwali

Islamabad, Nov 5 (): Minority Hindu community residing in Pakistan celebrated Diwali by decorating their homes with glowing lamps and firecrackers and offered prayers for the well-being of the country.

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday greeted Hindus across Pakistan on the occasion of Diwali and said the government was committed to the welfare of the minority communities.

In a message, the President said on this auspicious occasion he sincerely wished that the celebrations of the day brought more festivity and happiness in the lives of all those, who commemorate Diwali.

Further, Hussain said the government was committed to continue its efforts for the welfare of the minorities and to safeguard their fundamental rights, safety, honour, life and properties.

The President called upon the minority Hindu community to continue doing their valuable offerings for the prosperity of Pakistan and for promoting inter faith harmony. Such events should serve to rededicate ourselves to continuously struggle in the path of good and noble, he added.

Hundreds of Hindus gathered at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, or temple, in Bartlett over the weekend and early this week to celebrate Diwali, a five-day festival of lights.

Media reports said the Hindu community in Jacobabad had decorated the city giving it a bridal look, whereas the Hindu community in Hyderabad celebrated the festival of lights with all enthusiasm.

Diwali celebrations went on in peaceful manner in Multan where the youths came out in large numbers, and danced on the roads and fired crackers. The children in Rahimyar Khan lit up oil lamps and then cracked firecrackers, the media reports said.

However, Diwali was not celebrated with the traditional zeal this time in the garrison city of Rawalpindi as the religious minority feared violence similar to the Peshawar Church bombings last month. Most Hindu families in the city made arrangements within their homes to celebrate the three-day Diwali festival, reports said.

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