Hin­dus ob­ject to sell­ing of shoes in­scribed with ‘Om’

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

TANDO ADAM KHAN—The Hindu com­mu­nity of Sindh is protest­ing against shop­keep­ers in Tando Adam city for al­legedly sell­ing shoes in­scribed with Hindu sa­cred word ‘Om’.

“Since the last three years on the oc­ca­sion of Mus­lim Eid fes­ti­val, some shop­keep­ers in Tando Adam are of­fer­ing shoes on which Hindu re­li­gious holy name ‘Om’ is dis­played, Pa­tronin-chief Pak­istan Hindu Coun­cil Dr Ramesh Ku­mar Vankwani said on Sun­day. “Its pur­pose is just to in­sult the sen­ti­ments of lo­cal Hin­dus.”

The com­mu­nity has now taken up this is­sue and de­mands ban on such ar­ti­cles of shoes that have been caus­ing “in­sult” to the lo­cals of the area.

The pic­ture of the san­dal kept cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia as dif­fer­ent Hindu com­mu­nity pages posted it.

The shoe has vis­i­ble in­scrip­tion of the word “Om”, which the com­mu­nity has termed as blas­phe­mous.

Pak­istan Hindu Seva, a group work­ing for re­li­gious har­mony in the coun­try, has urged the lo­cals of Tando Adam to ad­dress this is­sue by re­main­ing “within the ju­ris­dic­tion of law to avoid any vi­o­lence”.

“As ‘Om’ is the sa­cred re­li­gious sym­bol of Hin­duism which talks about the one­ness of God, let’s pro­tect this one­ness peace­fully for the pro­gres­sive and pos­i­tive face of Pak­istan. Let’s ap­peal the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to take no­tice of the mat­ter im­me­di­ately to over­ride any ex­pected mis­trust within the lo­cals,” said the state­ment re­leased by Pak­istan Hindu Seva.—Agen­cies and rule-based system for wider ac­cess to peace­ful nu­clear tech­nolo­gies, an im­per­a­tive for its so­cio-eco­nomic and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. Block­ing ac­cess to these reg­u­la­tory ar­range­ments for high-end dual use tech­nolo­gies would tan­ta­mount to cap­ping Pak­istan’s de­vel­op­ment and stun­ning the en­ergy starved na­tion’s peace­ful de­vel­op­ment.

Dis­pelling the im­pres­sion of a de­lay in pur­suit of the NSG mem­ber­ship case, they ob­served that Pak­istan has re­mained proac­tively en­gaged with the Group since the ad­vent of this mil­len­nium and there was no sub­stance in such mis­per­cep­tions.—APP

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