Some shopkeepers in Pakistan’s Sindh province allegedly selling shoes with the sacred Hindu word ‘Om’ inscribed on them.

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Police in Pakistan’s Sindh province arrested a shopkeeper who sold shoes with sacred Hindu word ‘Om’ inscribed on them and seized the offensive footwears following protests by the country’s minority community. The patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), Ramesh Kumar said the Hindu community had already lodged objection with the Sindh government and local authorities in Tando Adam Khan after the issue was brought to their notice.

Ramesh Kumar said, “It is most unfortunate that some shopkeepers in Tando Adam Khan are selling shoes on the occasion of Eid ul Azha with the Hindu sacred word inscribed on them and the purpose just appears to be to insult the sentiments of the Hindu community.”

The Pakistan Hindu Seva has said in statement, “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.”

Hindu locals of Sindh province held a protest after shoes with ‘Om’ inscribed on them were being openly sold in the markets.

Local newspapers have reported that similar shoes were also being sold in some other places of the southern Sindh province, where a majority of the Pakistani Hindus reside.