Pakistan govt’s Yoga Day post draws ire from own citizens

On June 21, people celebrated International Yoga Day across the world. On this occasion, efforts were made to make people aware of the importance of yoga. Along the same line, the Pakistan government also shared a post on microblogging site Twitter which left many netizens from the country fuming.

Taking to Twitter, Government of Pakistan wrote that the “benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. In the fitness world, both are extremely important. Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly while preparing the mind and body for long-term health.”

Seeing this tweet, many Pakistani citizens started criticizing the government.

One netizen said, “Following Indian PM Modi? Let us remind you that you are the Government of Pakistan albeit an imported one.”

Another netizen asked his government to stop promoting ‘Indian culture’.

“I think this is Indian style of meditation, the government must not observe this day. As Muslims, we have own ways to meditate. Kindly remove this post. At the public platform you’re promoting Indian culture and traditions or is this a paid promotion. Nonsense, totally absurd,” a user by the name of Professor Imran Albus said.

“Think something for the poor too.. If you get time from all this,” said Aisha Rathore, another Twitter user.


The concept of the International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), on September 27, 2014. The United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, announced that June 21 will be celebrated as International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day.

Since 2015, International Yoga Day has been celebrated on June 21 worldwide.

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