Hindu judge not allowed to celebrate Diwali in Pak
Islamabad, Nov 10: The only Hindu judge and one of the senior-most judges of the Pakistan Supreme Court, Justice Rana Bhagwandas, was not allowed to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with his family.
Justice Bhagwandas, who refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Ordinance (PCO), spent the day alone under house arrest and solitary confinement.
“I used to celebrate Diwali every year in Karachi with my family, relatives and associates. This year I am not even allowed to celebrate it with my brother or community in Islamabad," the Daily Times quote him, as saying.
On Thursday, the government offered him a mobile squad to escort him on Friday if he wanted to move about in the city, but the city magistrate rejected his request, and asked him to go out of the city, Justice Bhagwandas said.
“I had no plan to leave the city. I just wanted to visit some friends and my brother"s family in Islamabad and worship with them but they (the government) did not allow me," he said.
Justice Bhagwandas, who is under house arrest for over a week, said his morale is still high.