Difficult being a Hindu in Pakistan

Published: March 25, 2012

MIRPURKHAS: These days it is becoming more and more difficult to be a Hindu in Pakistan. Hindus are known to be an educated and peaceful community and are heavily involved in commerce and business. I will not be exaggerating at all when I say that people from my community have been experiencing an increasing sense of insecurity in recent years.

And the reasons are clear. The increasing number of cases of kidnapping for ransom of Hindus, harassment and extortion of Hindu-owned businesses and conversions of young Hindu women to Islam, are the factors behind all this insecurity. The situation is so bad that Hindus are now not even worried about the discrimination they face in gaining decent jobs and so on — all they want is peace of mind and a sense of security.

They look to the government and to the state for the protection and safeguarding of their rights that are guaranteed to them by the country’s Constitution but they have found the response absent. Laws that are on the statute books for the protection of minorities are hardly, if ever, implemented and this had led to many Hindu families migrating out of Pakistan.

We should abide by the words and vision of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who said that the country would be a home for people of all faiths and that practice of one’s religion was a personal matter and would be protected by the state.

Dr Sunil Chohan

Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2012.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Sky
    Mar 25, 2012 - 12:54AM

    I hope the Sikhs Hindus and Christians get the same rights as Muslims do in Pakistan.
    - concerned Muslim Pakistani.

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  • Arjun Shetty
    Mar 25, 2012 - 1:52AM

    Good luck Sunil Chohan. If shias get killed , where do you have a chance? Just wondering when this was once all a hindu populated area with no fear. Islam proves it what world says about it.

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  • Freeman
    Mar 25, 2012 - 5:17AM

    We should see a big picture of the country. This situation is not only with Minorities but also with Muslims itself as this government do not have any interest in Rule of Law. Powerful people are only enjoying their life. I think until this govenment does not go situation will stay like this.

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  • Rajesh Kumar
    Mar 25, 2012 - 6:01PM

    I request to India Government to allow all pakistani hindus to settle in India so that they can live peacefully. We have seen many incidents of forceful conversion of young hindu girls to Islam. This shows the intolerance of Islam and jealousy of muslims towards hindus.

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  • Dibyendu Ray
    Mar 25, 2012 - 9:50PM

    I would like to request PAK president and prime minister to take a genuine and sincere interest…Be a Mentor : – It is a well accepted fact that People with mentors are twice likely to stay as good mentoring help break the glass ceiling. Mentoring is not only a way to transfer crucial skills and knowledge but to inspire loyalty in new employees and emerging leaders. It is true, It takes time-but not a lot. The more you act like a mentor to your direct reports the less they can think about leaving. Your failures and success stories provide valuable insights that just don’t come in other ways.

    rgds
    DIBYENDU SUNDAR RAY
    PROFESSOR IN ACCOUNTS
    NIME, BANGALORE

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  • Pollack
    Mar 25, 2012 - 10:07PM

    @Rajesh Kumar: You are making request to the Indian government from a Pakistani news website? :-).

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  • Pollack
    Mar 25, 2012 - 10:09PM

    @Dibyendu Ray: Aardvark obviously can’t be a mentor to hundreds and thousands of Hindus in Pakistan. How can he save these people when he himself is under threat? Situation is not good. Not good at all.

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  • Jamal
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:55AM

    In a country where even shias are not safe despite having a significant representation how can a poor Hindu live peacefully. Pakistan is failing on many fronts as a nation.
    Sunni extremism needs check as it giving bad name to Islam.

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  • Mar 26, 2012 - 8:00AM

    @Freeman:
    Don’t you think that it relates to the mindset of majority Muslims in Pakistan which is gaining strength by Madarasa education and or where study of Islam is a must.
    Change of government shall not help to solve this particular problem. If religious study makes you intolerant then interpretation of religion by Mullahs is wrong. (there are very few incidents of intolerance are reported in most other Muslim countries like Indonesia/Turkey)

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  • ashok
    Mar 28, 2012 - 12:56AM

    Abduction and forcible conversion of Hindu girls in Pakistan requires attention of all human beings with heart.

    Watch what a Pakistani Hindu says on a TV Talk show about the seriousness of the situation:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq2nK-TED7I&feature=related

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  • sudhakar
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:16PM

    in 1947 hindus in pakistan approxmatley 40% now hindus 2% but in india 1947 muslims 9% now they were 15% what is the difference between india and pakistan. in india was follow secularisam but not follwed by pakistan

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  • sudhakar
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:17PM

    in 1947 hindus in pakistan approxmatley 40% now hindus 2% but in india 1947 muslims 9% now they were 15% what is the difference between india and pakistan. in india was follow secularisam but not follwed by pakistanRecommend

  • venkatesh chinta
    May 21, 2012 - 10:57AM

    @Rajesh Kumar:
    absoultely right bro

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