Where Pakistani Christians to migrate while Hindus to India?
10 Aug 2012
Islamabad: August 10, 2012. (PCP) When President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari was claiming “Minorities are enjoying equal rights and fully protected in Pakistan” addressing a gathering in President House to mark Minorities Day,
the electronic media was telecasting images of train at Jacobabad railway station boarding 250 Pakistani Hindus migrating to India.
There was 20% Hindu population in Pakistan in 1947, when it became independent state after division of sub-continent of India but millions migrated to India when East Pakistan fought for independence from West Pakistan and Hindus were targeted on allegation of supporting Mukti-Bahni.
The majority of Hindus was based in Sindh province of Pakistan which was doubted loyalties and targeted by establishment after formation of Bangladesh from East Pakistan in 1971, which forced migration of Hindus to India.
The migration of Hindus was slow and steady for decades and went unnoticed by Pakistani administration. The long desert border of Thar with India made a way for persecuted Hindus to migrate to India.
The government of Pakistan to deny representation of Hindus never accepted their population ration and gazette showed them 2% of population.
In same way, Pakistani Christians who were 13% of population of Pakistan were denied their due presence to avoid their representation in democratic institution of Pakistan and resources of state.
The Pakistani Hindus lost their total confidence in Pakistan when Supreme Court of Pakistan not ensured justice in case of enforcedly converted of Islam of Hindu girls “Rinkle Kumari and others” this year when Pakistani apex court against will of Hindu girls ordered to go with their Muslim husbands who have abducted them.
In “Rinkle Kumari and others case”, there was one Hindu girl from Jacobabad and one from Larkana which forced Hindu to migrate from Pakistan for safety of their life and protection from Islamic Sharia law which protects kidnapers of Christians and Hindu women and to convert them to Islam by force.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have raised question that where Pakistani Christians shall migrate after rising violence against them by Islamists in Pakistan?
“There are widespread incidents of gang rape, abduction and enforced conversion of Christian women by Muslims in Pakistan; there are attacks on Christian’s life and properties, there are arrests under blasphemy laws, there are attacks on worship places while Muslim culprits are protected by administration which makes Pakistani Christians a genocide situation” said Nazir Bhatti
Nazir Bhatti, Chief of PCC said that Pakistani Christians not feel safe and secure in Pakistan but they have no place to migrate like Hindus who can migrate to India.
Bhatti invited international intervention to stop genocide of Christians, Hindus and Ahmadiyyia in Pakistan and urged US administration to condition US aid to Pakistan with human rights.