Message given by Shahbaz Sarkar
International Yoga Day was celebrated across the world on 21st June. On this occasion, an attempt was made to make people aware of the importance of yoga. Along the same lines, the Pakistan government had also shared a post on microblogging site Twitter, which has angered many netizens in the country. On the occasion of International Day of Yoga, the Government of Pakistan took to Twitter and wrote, ‘The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting change. In the fitness world, both are extremely important. Yoga can quickly transform your physical and mental capacity while preparing the mind and body over the long term.
Pakistanis furious at the government
Most Muslims consider yoga a symbol of Hindus and oppose yoga. This happens in India as well, so it was not surprising to see protests against Yoga Day in Pakistan. Seeing the tweet of the government of Pakistan, many Pakistani citizens started criticizing the government. A Pakistani Twitter user said, ‘Are you following Indian PM Modi. We remind you, that you are the government of Pakistan, however, an imported government.’ At the same time, another Twitter user asked Shahbaz Sarkar to stop promoting Indian culture in Pakistan.
People demanded to remove the post
The Pakistan government’s post made on Yoga Day started getting very protestant reactions and many people called it against Muslims and even demanded to delete the post. A Twitter user named Professor Imran Albus wrote that, ‘I think this is the Indian style of meditation, the government should not observe this day (Yoga Day). As Muslims, we have our own ways of meditating. Please remove this post. Are you promoting Indian culture and traditions on a public platform or is it a paid promotion? This is bullshit, completely absurd. At the same time, another Twitter user Ayesha Rathore said, ‘Think something for the poor too.. if you get time from all this.
History of International Yoga Day
Let us tell you that the concept of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 September 2014. On 11 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly announced that 21 June would be observed as International Day of Yoga and since then International Day of Yoga or World Yoga Day is celebrated every year on 21 June.