On the occasion of Diwali yesterday (November 4th), heads of state and government and ministers of several countries wished people on social media. Leaders such as US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahindra Rajapaksa delivered Diwali greetings.
However, the Prime Minister of Sindh, Pakistan, made an embarrassing slip up tweeting Holi requests on the occasion of Diwali.
Sindh Prime Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah shared a photo of himself on his Twitter account and wrote: “Happy Holi”. The tweet was soon deleted from the Sindh CM House handle as it was flagged.
However, the screenshots from the tweet are still circulating on social media, drawing the flak for the CM’s big mistake.
Pakistani senior journalist Murtaza Solangi shared the CM’s tweet with the words “Happy Holi” engraved on a picture of the CM. Solangi shared the post on his Twitter handle and criticized the ignorance of the CM house Sindh. He said that in Pakistan Sindh Province has the highest Hindu population and it is a sad state of affairs that CM House Sindh staff do not know the difference between these two major festivals.
The CM office quickly corrected his mistake and deleted the tweet. It also posted several messages in support of minorities in Pakistan from its official Twitter handle. Tweets stating that the CM, Syed Murad Ali Shah, wished the Hindu community a happy and joyous Diwali were also shared by CM House Sindh.
A tweet mentioned that the CM wishes Diwali for everyone as it is the festival of joys and lights.
Another tweet quoting CM Shah mentioned that the Pakistan Peoples Party was vocal about protecting minority rights. However, the tweets did not offer any damage control as the screenshots of the previous “Happy Holi” tweet were already in the news at this point.
Here’s a look at the tweets from CM House Sindh wishing everyone a happy Diwali.
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