Message from Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan On Diwali Islamabad: October 29, 2016.
On the happy occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings to all the members of Hindu community across Pakistan and around the world.
Diwali is the festival of lights and an occasion to celebrate. This day signifies salvation of the righteous; the triumph of light over darkness. But, this day is also a time for reflection. The time when all of us should remember that there are other less fortunate people who need our attention. On this occasion, we need to reinforce feelings of togetherness and service for less fortunate. This day reminds us all that we should commit ourselves to help those who are in distress and require our help.
On this occasion, I pay tributes to the valuable services rendered by the vibrant members of Hindu community of Pakistan in the socio-economic and political spheres of the country. The diversity of faiths is a source of strength for our country. I feel immensely happy and satisfied to see the members of Hindu and other minority communities serving Pakistan shoulder to shoulder with their Muslim brethren. The Father of the Nation unequivocally declared a policy of equality, freedom and security for all the communities living in Pakistan irrespective of their religion, profession and ethnicity.
My government is committed to ensure that all the communities in Pakistan enjoy equal rights irrespective of their beliefs.
May this festival of lights bring peace and prosperity in your lives and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood among the people of different faiths in our country.
Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage