Political shift: ‘Forced conversions are turning minorities towards PML-N’

Published: June 11, 2012
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Hindu leaders share disappointment with the indifferent attitude of the PPP-led government. DESIGN: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

Hindu leaders share disappointment with the indifferent attitude of the PPP-led government. DESIGN: JAHANZAIB HAQUE

KARACHI: A Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA is involved in kidnapping and converting Hindu girls, yet his party did nothing about the issue, lamented Bherulal Balani on Sunday.

Balani, a former Hindu parliamentarian from Thatta, recently decided to join the PPP’s archrival, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

As the PML-N continues to make its presence felt across the political spectrum in Sindh, the party also seems to be intent on recruiting leaders of religious minorities, especially former Hindu parliamentarians.

Balani was a member of the Sindh Assembly in 1997, when the Nawaz Sharif government was in power.

While explaining his decision, Balani said that as minorities continue to be subjected to discrimination, he believes that only the PML-N could address their grievances.

Balani said that the Hindu community was disappointed by the PPP government’s indifferent attitude towards the forced conversions of Rinkle Kumari, Asha Kumari and Lata Kumari. Dozens of Hindu girls are forcibly converted and married off to Muslim men on a monthly basis in rural Sindh, claimed Balani. “How can the government protect us if it cannot prevent our women from being forcibly converted?”

Balani did not disclose the names of other Hindu leaders who were ready to join the PML-N, or those whom the party was currently courting. However, he added that people from Thatta, Mirpurkhas, and Larkana were expected to join the PML-N in the near future.

Meanwhile, the PML-N’s central minority wing would hold a meeting, to be chaired by MNA Darkhan Lal, in the city on Tuesday. PML-N Karachi deputy secretary general Asad Usman told The Express Tribune that the party was expected to announce a strategy to attract the support of minority voters at the meeting.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Danish
    Jun 11, 2012 - 10:17AM

    “he believes that only the PML-N could address their grievances.” Balani sab, why are you deceiving your poor and innocent ppl. Do you really think that your decision will bring any change? Either you are also involved in this politics or you are ultra innocent.

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  • Iram
    Jun 11, 2012 - 2:44PM

    “Balani said that as minorities continue to be subjected to discrimination, he believes that only the PML-N could address their grievances”.

    What about following news, Mr. Balani?

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    The money was given to support Ishaq’s family, says Rana Sanaullah. PHOTO: NNI

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  • Nida Rehman
    Jun 11, 2012 - 9:46PM

    PML-N can redress grievances of not only minorities but of the entire Pakistani nation. That is why all major ethnic/linguistic parties cannot tolerate it and have colluded together in the federal government and Sindh govt, all in the name of “reconciliation”.

    This is not acceptable to the establishment, which evil played against PML-N. In 1993 elections, Pakistan Islamic Front was created to break PML-N votes. What happened then?? Corruption became order of the day in the form of huge kickbacks in Independent Power Projects, gold smuggling, kickbacks in SGS Cotecna preshipment inspection, Agosta submarines in which even the then Naval chief was also involved apart from the ruling couple. Who crafted NRO??

    This time around the establishment has crafted another party to repeat the same drama due to which PPP has become brave enough to raise the slogan “ab ke baari, phir Zardari”. Everyone knows who is the B-team of PPP created by behind the scene force in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:44PM

    Pmln are the need of the hour

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  • Sandeep
    Jun 22, 2012 - 1:41PM

    I am agree with Nida Rehman.Recommend

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