THIS is apropos of Rao Atif Raza's letter ‘Hindus are safe in Sindh’ (Aug 19). The writer has tried to convince readers that the media may be projecting Hindu persecution and migration issue in an exaggerated way and he also denies observing any discrimination at the government level.

But then what is making these Hindu families flee? Why is the media exaggerating about Hindu persecution?

The reasons are obvious. Pakistan’s minorities are feeling insecure about their wealth, respect and life.

Pakistani Hindus have been well-educated and economically sound in the country even before partition, they have never been a part of any bigotry, hatred or roguery.

Many Hindus who migrated to India after partition have become the part of the elite group of a populated country and serving in business, politics, government and Bollywood famously.

Why couldn’t they serve their own country Pakistan and make it more prosperous, getting a sense of respect and equality in return?

The Constitution of Pakistan and the majority of the population do not treat their minorities equally. Is it difficult to postulate Hindu persecution when you see being a minority they are frequently robbed, kidnapped, threatened and converted?

Hindus have lived in countries for many centuries, they would never want to leave their homeland. The only thing is that they need is a sense of security so that they can live here with peace and contribute to the prosperity of Pakistan.


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August 28, 2012 11:25 am
Very sad. Pakistani Hindu's are the sons of the soil. It is sad that Islam in Pakistan has been allowed to become so intolerant and extreme. When will the moderate Pakistani's wake up and stop this nonsense?
August 28, 2012 7:41 am
Absolutely right here in Pakistan religious Jihadi Deo bandi extremest target Muslim like Suni Barelvi & Shiets so how they treated Hindus & Christiane?
Ajaya K Dutt
August 28, 2012 7:02 pm
"well .. even muslims are being robbed, kidnapped, and threatened" - How many of the Muslims have been robbed, kidnapped and killed because they are Muslims. It happened to Hindus from day one of Pakistan
Ajaya K Dutt
August 28, 2012 7:04 pm
It happens because of a belief that Hindus belive in wrong "faith". When I sit in meditation, I see it other way around.
August 28, 2012 12:07 pm
well .. even muslims are being robbed, kidnapped, and threatened, the issue of poor law and order hits everyone alike .. Even muslims dont have the sense of security .. i dont think non muslims are specially being robbed by dacoits !!! .. it wud have been better if the non muslims pakistani friend wud have shed more light on issues, such as if minorities are denied admissions in public universities or jobs on merit ?? or the general attitude of fellow muslim pakistanis.
August 28, 2012 4:49 pm
Barring only a handful of cases in history of 800 years of Muslim rule in India, Hindus had to convert if they wanted to serve with the local Muslim chief or king. Specially during Aurangzeb's time, even when there were quite a few Hindus in his administration, a leftover trend from Akbar, a lot of old Hindu temples were destroyed and new ones not allowed to be built. Inspite of so many sectarian riots in India, not even one Muslim family migrated to their promised homeland Pakistan. It is indeed a time for some introspection for Pakistani society.
Komal S
August 28, 2012 5:05 pm
Mr. Jawad, Are you reading as to what is going on in your country?
August 28, 2012 7:59 pm
If there was persecution of minority especially Hindus then how did you become a doctor, the problem with you people is you want to be rulers like Advani at any cost and make lot of wealth by any means, and this you can not do in Pakistan so you want to migrate to India to try your luck and most of the time you are lucky because you get support of BJP.
August 28, 2012 5:25 pm
I am a Hindu from India. What ever I think and presume that in pakistan religious tolerance is not there. whereas in india we tolerate all religions and their sub groups also. We take the things purely on humanitarian grounds only. No religion teaches to make others suffer.... If we have to fight...we must fight against poverty, iliteracy.. and other similar issues so that any society / country may progress and make the life of its citizens comfotable.
Agha Ata
August 29, 2012 12:18 am
Is there any other minority safe in Pakistan, including Shias?
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