Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed vowed that Pakistan will not allow Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to encourage members of the Hindu community to migrate from Sindh.
Addressing a gathering in Tharparkar’s Mithi town on Monday, he criticised the BJP frontrunner Narendra Modi for his provocative statements inciting members of the Hindu community to migrate across the border.
“The BJP leader has incited members of the Hindu community in Sindh to migrate to India, but I want to remind him about the Ahmedabad and Gujarat carnage. Such orchestrated incidents have never taken place in Pakistan,” the JuD chief said.
While Tharparkar is known for harmonious coexistence of Hindu and Muslim communities, last month Hindu places of worship were subjected to a series of attacks in the area.
Reassuring the Hindu community, Saeed said that conspiracies aimed at stoking religious or ethnic disharmony will not be allowed.
The JuD chief blamed India for the water shortage in the country. The tail-end areas of Sindh are dealing with severe water scarcity as India is building dams in Kashmir, he added.
Saeed also said that the JuD does not discriminate between Hindus and Muslims while working for their relief.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2014.