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Yoga makes its debut in Pakistan with free classes at F-9 Park in Islamabad

Islamabad: 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), which is responsible for the maintenance of Islamabad, the Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad has launched “Free Yoga Classes at F-9 Park” in the capital.

“Many people have already joined to kick-start their journey to health and wellness,” the CDA said. It also posted photos of people participating in the yoga exercises.

United Nations recognizes the importance of yoga

Recognizing its universal appeal, the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga on December 11, 2014. A draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and approved by a record number of 175 member states.

Yoga is normally associated with India and there are not many formal institutions in Pakistan where yoga is taught. Although private people like the physical part of yoga exercises.

Appreciation for the move by the residents

Many residents appreciated the move to organize yoga classes, with several people inquiring about the program. A move at the official level to organize yoga in the capital’s most prominent park is a welcome step and could send a positive message across the border amid a chill in bilateral ties over the Kashmir issue and cross-border terrorism.

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

CDA criticized

However, some criticized the CDA for failing to provide decent housing facilities to the people of Islamabad and instead resorting to presenting side issues. Ghulam Mustafa in his comments said that the CDA has failed to develop new sectors.

“For God’s sake, concentrate on your core functions and develop the residential sectors that you have not developed in the last 35 years,” he said.

Published: Sunday, May 5, 2024 12:02 IST