LAHORE – Hindu community across the country and especially in Lahore observed Diwali on Tuesday, while the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) made arrangements as temples were decorated with lights, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

The main ceremony in this regard was held at Karishna Mandar Ravi Road. Hindus from across the country participated and prayed for the prosperity of Pakistan. Security arrangements were made by ETPB as police was deployed around the religious buildings of Hindus. Senior officers of ETPB Additional Secretary (Shrines), Zahid Bokhari, Syed Fraz Abbas, Azhar Nazir Sulahri, Aamir Hussain Hashmi, religious leaders of Sikhs and Christians and others participated in the ceremony. Chairman ETPB, Syed Asif Hashmi had sent his message of love and humanity for the Hindu community and congratulated them on the occasion. In his message he said that minorities were more secure than ever before in Pakistan, today. He said that the PPP government always protected the rights of minorities in Pakistan and that the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has took matchless measures for the rights of minorities which could not be taken by previous governments. Hindu leader Dr Manohar Chaand said that Syed Asif Hashmi has won their hearts by participating in their religious festival. Dr. Manohar said that they were very happy in Pakistan and they were equally involved in performing duties for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.

Special trains: Pakistan Railways Police IG on Tuesday had issued strict directions to all police officers to make fool proof security of Sikh Yatrees on the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

Railways had arranged special trains for the Yatrees arriving through Wahga Border on November 25.

Around 3000 devotees are reaching Pakistan this year to celebrate religious festivity. The special trains would be secured by the PRP.

A meeting of Punjab Home Department was held on Tuesday to discuss the security arrangements for the Yatrees. The PRP Lahore Division SSP participated in the meeting.

The PRP spokesperson said that the Railways Police IG had issued strict instructions to all SPs to secure the special trains for Sikhs by deploying ATS Commandos and a Bomb disposal staff who would inspect the trains for the Yatrees.