Shopkeepers in Pakistan's Sindh province are allegedly selling shoes with 'Om' inscribed on them. This has angered the minority community in the Islamic country, which described it unfortunate and blasphemous.
The patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), Ramesh Kumar said they had already lodged protests with the Sindh government and local authorities in Tando Adam Khan after it was brought to the notice of the Hindu community that shoes were being sold with the sacred word 'Om' inscribed on them.
"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," Kumar said.
"The pictures of the these shoes have been circulated on social media by concerned members of the Hindu community and we demand they be removed from the shops immediately," he said.
Kumar added that the sale of such shoes was an insult to Hindus in Pakistan as it is blasphemous to use the word 'Om' on shoes.
"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," said another statement released by the Pakistan Hindu Seva.
The local Sindhi newspapers have also reported that similar shoes were also being sold in some other places of Sindh.
(with inputs from agencies)