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Pakistan to announce national holidays on Holi, Dipawali and Easter

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan government on Tuesday adopted a resolution to announce national holidays on the annual festivals of minority communities, including Holi, Dipawali and Easter.

The resolution was moved by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a PNL-N MNA elected on a seat reserved for minorities in Tharparkar district of Sindh.

“This house is of the opinion that the government should take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities,” the resolution said.

Vankwani, who is also patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, was of the view that the announcement was inevitable for the good image of Pakistan as such holidays were also being observed in the United States on Eid.

According to a report there are at least 2 million Hindus in Pakistan that makes up to at least 2 percent of the country’s population.  Likewise, the total number of Christians is said to be at least 2.5 million in 2005, which is 1.6 percent of the total population in Pakistan.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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