Pakistan is a country envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam as a home to followers of all the faiths, a state where everyone will be free to live according to his religion and faith and there would be no discrimination against believers of a particular religion. This was the note of consensus by all those, visitors, members of civil society, students and youths who had come to participate in the ‘Holi’ festival organized by Lok Virsa.
The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) celebrated Holi with great enthusiasm here at Shakarparian here on Sunday. A large number of people from all walks of life participated in the celebrations and expressed solidarity with the Hindu community. They also appreciated the efforts of Lok Virsa in holding such a beautiful event. Special programmes organised on the occasion included folk musical performance, artisans at work, craft bazaar, food court and many other colourful attractions. PML-N MNA from Sindh and Chairman of the Pakistan Hindu Council Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani was the chief guest on the occasion. One could also see a large number of diplomats and foreigners sharing the joy of the festival by spraying colours on each other. In his brief address, Dr Ramesh Kumar said Holi reminds us of the victory of the good over evil. The festival of colours is celebrated all across the world and with every passing year, it is increasing popularity, said Dr Ramesh.
He informed the audience that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by participating in a Holi festival in Karachi on Tuesday will send a message to across the country that there is no room for obscurantism, extremism in this country. Hindu community, he said, is eager to spray colours and play ‘Holi’ with its beloved Prime Minister.