Hindu-Muslim fraternity prevails on Diwali

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Today is holiday for Hindu community

Staff Reporter

Karachi—A golden example of Hindu-Muslim fraternity, the vivid colours of Diwali prevailed all over Sindh when both Muslims and Hindus celebrated the holy occasion together with great enthusiasm and joy.
In line with the true spirit of Diwali, the Al-Khidmat Foundation Sindh organized several gift-distribution ceremonies to observe the occasion and double the delight of Hindu believers this year throughout the province.
Several ceremonies were held by the Foundation in some 18 mandirs located in various cities such as Sukkur, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Shikarpur. On the occasions, special gifts, e.g. 18 water coolers, 1 thousand pieces of stitched clothing and some 100 quilts were distributed among the Hindu community gathered in droves at Shamshan Ghat (cremation ground), Thal Mahadev Mandir, Samadha Ashram in Sukkur, at Panchayat Hall and Shivalin Mandir, Dherki, District Ghotki, at Sacho Satram Das in Shikarpur and at the Kundan Geer Maharaj and Shev Mahadev Mandir, District Jacobabad.
“The Al-Khidmat Foundation has been always in a forefront, providing an essential help to the needy and celebrating the holy festivals of those who are commonly referred to as minorities in the country,” said, Syed Ahsan Ullah Waqas, Senior Vice President, Al-Khidmat Foundation, Pakistan.
Meanwhil, Sindh government has declared Monday (October 31) as holiday for Hindu community on account of their festival of Diwali.
“The Government of Sindh has been pleased to declare October 31, 2016 i.e. Monday as Holiday for Hindu Community on the occasion of Diwali, for all the offices, autonomous/ semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under the administrative control of government of Sindh,” said a notification issued here on Saturday.

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