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Yoga officially debuts in Pakistan

Yoga session in progress in Islamabad.

Yoga session in progress in Islamabad. | Photo Credit: PTI

After making headlines around the world, the ancient Indian physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga has officially arrived in neighboring Pakistan.

According to the official Facebook page of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), responsible for the maintenance of Islamabad, the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation has launched “free yoga classes at F-9 park” in the capital.

“Many people have already come together to boost their journey to health and wellness,” the CDA said.

She also posted photos of people participating in yoga exercises.

Recognizing its universal appeal, the United Nations proclaimed December 11, 2014, June 21 as International Yoga Day. India proposed a draft resolution establishing International Yoga Day and it was supported by a record 175 member states.

Yoga is usually linked with India and there are not many formal institutions in Pakistan to teach yoga. Although privately people like the physical part of yoga exercises.

Many residents appreciated the decision to host yoga classes, and several people asked about the program.

A move at the official level to organize yoga in the capital’s most prominent park is a welcome move and can send a positive message across the border amid a chill in bilateral relations over the Kashmir issue and cross-border terrorism.

“Good job. I really appreciate your work. CDA, please send the time,” said Shahid Iqbal, a resident.

However, some criticized the CDA for failing to provide decent residential facilities to the people of Islamabad and instead resorting to secondary displays.

Ghulam Mustafa said in his remarks that the CDA failed to develop new sectors.

“For the love of God, concentrate on your core functions and develop the residential sectors that you failed to develop during the last 35 years,” he said.