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Minorities in the line of fire


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Still another incident of vandalism and madness against Christians on the allegations of blasphemy has resulted in 178 homes being arsoned and 35 people being injured.

The list of the persecution against minorities in Pakistan is endless and horrible. Punjab had remained the epicentre of such victimisation against minorities.

From the agitation against Ahmadis in the 50s to this tragic incident today, the history of such cruelty against minorities is written in blood.

The bold voices of Salman Taseer and Bhatti against these brutalities had been silenced forever. Now the hatred against minorities has crossed limits.

Politicians should stop selling their soul by patronising the leaders of banned outfits for the sake of votes.

Frenzy of talks with the  Taliban would make the matter worse unless the state organs are clear and rise above narrow-minded short-term strategy of appeasement.

GULSHER PANHWER                   Johi

Relocating survivors

The Punjab government has failed to provide security to minorities, causing losses worth millions of rupees in the most populous locality of Lahore, Badami Bagh.

I request the chief minister of Punjab to address the grievances of Christian minorities on an urgent basis and prove his generosity once again by allotting them houses in the Ashiana housing scheme.


Comments (12) Closed

khatun Mar 14, 2013 11:46am

When hindus were killed and slowly they left Pakisatn, nobody raised their voices. This should have been done years ago. Too late now, I must say.

Dr Hemant Junnarkar Mar 14, 2013 12:56pm

The seed of hatred was sown 63 years ago when hatred of another community was made the basis for a nation. The minority communities should stop dreaming and leave this horrible country for ever for their welfare and safety of their future generation.

simba Mar 14, 2013 04:44am
I am glad to see that voices of reason are starting to be heard. The silent majority must take action. As the saying goes, if no one helps the victimized then one day there will be no one to protect them as well.
Ali Mar 14, 2013 06:02am

why not make the terrorist group Lashkar e Jhangvi pay the compensation to the victims as they have claimed and accepted the responsibility of the atrocities committed in Quetta, Karachi and Lahore.

Gerry D'Cunha Mar 14, 2013 08:25am
the vast majority of muslims should be ashmed of themself how they treat their minorities in pakistan - they should open their eyes to see how the christian countries treat their muslims in their countries with honour and dignity - shame on you muslims in pakistan!!!!
dev Mar 14, 2013 12:14pm
The only way blasphemy misuse can be stopped is by awarding death penalty to the accused in case the accusation is proved false.
dev Mar 14, 2013 12:16pm

sorry meant the one accusing.

Syed Ahmed Mar 14, 2013 03:05pm
If the victims of Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh, Lahore, are allotted houses in the Ashiana housing scheme, the purpose of arsonists is achieved. On the prized land a multi-storied plaza will be built in the near future.
AHA Mar 14, 2013 03:05pm
That is because there are no "Christian" countries in the West - except perhaps for the Vatican City. All those countries are secular democracies that value humanity far above the madness of religion.
Rajesh Mar 14, 2013 03:23pm
Pakistan was built for extinction of minorities. The majority is simply proving a point.
rana1 Mar 14, 2013 05:02pm
we muslims living in foreign countries should come together and contribute monetarily to the people of Joseph colony,so that they can rebuild their homes and moveable assets.We should also come together and condemn this act in our mosques and gatherings.I as a muslim pray for our christian brethrens and want to tell those with whom we live here that what the atrocities they see in Pakistan or in other parts of the muslim diaspora has nothing got to do with Islam.Look at those young muslim named boys of Quetta,who were taking money to commit terrorit crimes in Quetta and also many others, as these young ones are doing the same thing in other parts of pakistan.Its like human life has no value only money matters.
mohabbat Mar 15, 2013 04:33am
if that nation did not come into being, if would have been worse.