LAHORE/RAWALPINDI - Like other parts of the world, Hindus celebrated Diwali in the country on Sunday.

The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) made special arrangements, decorating Hindu temple and religious places. A main ceremony in this regard was held at Karishna Mandar on Ravi Road. Strict security arrangements were made to avert any untoward incident. Special prayers were offered for peace and progress. Shrines Additional Secretary Kahlid Ali , Syed Sarfarz Abbas, Azhar NAzeer Sulahry, Haji amair Hussain Hashmi and others attended the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion ETPB Vice Chairman Chaudary Riaz greeted Hindus, saying that minorities were safer in in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan has given recognition to Hindus and other minorities. Hindu Welfare Council Chairman Manohar Chand thanked the Pakistan government for making special arrangements on the event.

Similar functions were held in other cities.

Special prayers will be held at the Krishna Temple in Saddar area of Rawalpind  on on Tuesday – the last day of the festival.

"We will pray for peace and prosperity," said Jag Mohan Kumar Arora, President of Pakistan Hindu Sikh Social Welfare Council and member Minority Advisory Council Government of Punjab.

He said we all whether they were Muslims, Christians or Sikhs were victims of the current lawlessness and in such condition we were only fulfill our religious obligations as Muslims do during their religious festivals.

He said as Pakistanis we would pray for normalcy, religious harmony and restoration of peace and want a Pakistan where everyone could enjoy his legal rights. He urged the people to unit as Pakistani not as Muslims or Christians and work for the prosperity of our country. He said they were in contact with authorities and we have been assured of proper security of our temples during the prayers.