Islamabad, June 22
Salman Sufi, who heads the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Key Changes Unit, has said that Instruction Serve Rana Tanveer Hussain has inquired the Higher Instruction Commission (HEC) to pull back a notice in which it took special case to the Hindu celebration of Holi being celebrated at a university.
“Have talked to Rana Tanveer sahib, and he has taken strict take note of the notice by the HEC on disheartening devout celebrations and has inquired them to pull back it,” tweeted Sufi after the media detailed almost the notice, Day break reported.
Religious agreement is to be celebrated instead of hindered.
Have talked to @RTanveerPMLN sb and he has take a strict take note of the notice by HEC on debilitating devout celebrations and has inquired them to pull back it.
We must bring cohesion than division in our society.
— Salman Sufi (Get Modern Covid Booster Nowadays) (@SalmanSufi7) June 21, 2023
The notice was sent by HEC Official Chief Shaista Sohail to bad habit chancellors and heads of institutions.
In its letter, the HEC claimed the “broadly reported/publicised” occasion of the celebration of Holi by the stage of a college had “caused concern and disadvantageously influenced the country’s image”.
“Unfortunately, it is pitiful to witness exercises that depict a total disengage from our socio-cultural values and an disintegration of the country’s Islamic identity.”
One such occurrence that has caused concern was the enthusiasm displayed in stamping (the) Hindu celebration of Holi, Day break reported.
While the HEC letter did not title the college in address, it comes after Quaid-i-Azam College in Islamabad picked up consideration on social media for facilitating an occasion for Holi.
In one of the recordings circulating on social media, understudies can be seen dancing and tossing colours within the discuss as uproarious music plays within the background.
The letter prompted HEIs to “judiciously separate” themselves from all such exercises “clearly contradictory with the country’s character and societal values”.
The HEC’s letter drew the anger of netizens online, Day break reported.
Sindhi writer Veengas said Islamabad required to get it that Hindu celebrations of Holi and Diwali were portion of Sindhi culture.
“Islamabad not one or the other acknowledges our Sindhi dialect nor does it respect the Hindu celebrations,” she said, Day break reported.
Former First light editor Abbas Nasir said, “HEC ought to center on copied papers by PhDs as those really discolor the country’s picture. Holi and other such celebrations upgrade the country’s picture, make a illusion of pluralism.”
Activist Ammar Ali Jan said the commission ought to be more concerned around the “dreary state of instruction” in Pakistan.
“Our colleges are not indeed positioned within the best 1,000. However, HEC is more stressed around understudies celebrating Holi. Such lost needs are the reason for the intellectual/moral rot we see in society,” he said.
Researcher Ammar Rashid named HEC’s letter “detestable devout bigotry”.
In another tweet,he said: “Envision the shock in the event that a European or Indian higher instruction secretary prohibited Eid celebrations in colleges since they were ‘incompatible with the country’s values’.”
Comedian Shafaat Ali pointed out that Holi was “simply this region’s, particularly Multan’s, festival”.
He encourage said that the celebration may well be made a source of devout tourism in Pakistan and might advance devout resilience in society.