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Unprotected community

THE disquiet shown by your editorial ‘Unprotected community’ (Aug 11) on Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s ‘conspiracy theory’ on migration of Hindu communities from Sindh has proved correct as reported in a national daily (Aug 14). According to the report, the Hindu families which, according to the interior minister, went to India for pilgrimage of holy places have, on reaching India, refused to come back to Pakistan.

A group of about 30 migrants on reaching Amritsar had established a camp and given an interview before the electronic media stating that their lives and religious rights were threatened in Pakistan.

They claimed their affidavits for returning to the country had been obtained by the government under duress. They further alleged that because of serious danger to their families they have requested the Indian government for asylum.

After the reported interview of alleged asylum seekers, the government has to open its eyes and admit that all is not well here. Therefore, instead of making non-sensical statements and forming different committees, the government should give security of the minority communities topmost priority. The minorities must be given the needed sense of security so that their confidence in the writ of the state could be restored. I am of firm opinion that if the state adopts concrete measures, involving elders of society, a peaceful environment can be reestablished without much ado.


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Agha Ata
Aug 25, 2012 04:03pm
Dear Mr. Interior Minister Rehman Malik, would it be possible that you stop issuing statements of any kind? You always say something funny when you say it, but certain things are too serious to laugh at.
Aug 25, 2012 05:06pm
I believe it is 50 years too late for that. The government should allow all minorities including Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis to migrate to India without any unnecessary paperwork.
Akhter Husain
Aug 25, 2012 09:07am
I fully agree with Mr Qureshi that minority communities must be provided the required sense of security with out any prejudice.They are as good Pakistanis as any one else.I however would appeal to our Hindu brothers and sisters to have patience,forgetting migration from Pakistan as time is bound to change sooner or later.Have faith in your country.