Dewali festival celebrated with zeal and zest.


ISLAMABAD -- Dewali, a colourful Hindu festival was celebrated here by minority community members at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday with enthusiasm.

Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony arranged the festival as a goodwill gesture with minorities. Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Aftab Jehangir was the chief guest.

The festival celebrations started with the Parathna of Pandit Ashok Pani.

The participants prayed for peace, prosperity and harmony of the country.

The groups of Hindu devotees from Kohat and Karachi presented 'Arthi and Bajan' on the occasion.They also presented traditional folk dances.

Jehangir Saghir group, the first Hindu band of Pakistan also performed and played National Anthem.

Pandit Channa Lal highlighted the history and philosophy for celebrating the Diwali festival. Diwali, being celebrated on Sunday (October 27) the popular festivals of Hinduism, symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

The members of Hindu...

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