KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced a public holiday to celebrate Holi on Thursday. This is the first time the Hindu festival of colours will be officially observed in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. The move comes days after the federal parliament passed a non-binding resolution that called for the country to observe Hindu and Christian holidays. “We have announced a public holiday across the province on March 24 for Holi,” said Sindh information adviser Maula Bakhsh Chandio. A government circular that was tweeted by Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, the daughter of former president Asif Ali Zardari, added that all government bodies except essential services will be off for the day.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2016.