Punjab Assembly approves resolution to make Guru Nanak's birthday a public holiday

Published: May 28, 2014
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File photo of Sardar Ramesh Singh.  PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/EXPRESS

File photo of Sardar Ramesh Singh. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/EXPRESS

LAHORE: Sardar Ramesh Singh, the first Sikh member of the Punjab Assembly, tabled a resolution requesting that the birthday of Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism, be made a public holiday.

Ramesh Singh is a member of Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz (PML-N) and the resolution was approved in the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday.

The passing of the resolution comes just a few days after members of the Sikh community stormed through the gates of Parliament House to protest against the alleged desecration of their holy books.

The protesters later apologised for entering the premises in a violent manner and forwarded a list of demands to members of the Senate.

Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq had assured the 13-member Sikh committee that he would forward their demands to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Larry
    May 28, 2014 - 5:40PM

    Zindabad Sikh brothers and sisters.

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  • I am a Khan
    May 28, 2014 - 5:55PM

    I hope this news is published in all international newspapers and comes every hour on every international channel. Pakistan treats its minorities well. Only bad news are shown, not the ones which show how well minorities are treated in Pakistan.

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  • goldconsumer
    May 28, 2014 - 5:57PM

    Nation of Holidays! I think the Saudis are even more productive than us

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  • Islam
    May 28, 2014 - 9:06PM

    Guru Nanak’s holiday in Islamic Republic of Pakistan??

    Government will be responsible for this blasphemy! This nonsense not tolerated.

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  • Upset
    May 28, 2014 - 9:43PM

    What about Christians and Hindus? No holiday for them? Diwali chrismas?

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  • ModiFied
    May 28, 2014 - 10:19PM

    Congratulations Pakistan. Well done indeed.

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  • Sehyr
    May 28, 2014 - 10:37PM

    Can we afford another public holiday???

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