PESHAWAR: The All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement (APHRM) has said it will not tolerate any attempts to desecrate their holy books.
This was said at a protest held outside Peshawar Press Club on Sunday. A large number of APHRM members and civil society activists took to the streets against an article published in an Urdu newspaper which accused Hindus living in Pakistan of being “foreign agents”. APHRM Chairman Haroon Sarbdiyal led the demonstration.
Speaking to journalists, protesters said they were deeply disheartened by the views expressed in the article. “Rizwanullah Khan, the writer of the piece, has offended our religious sensibilities,” said Sarbdiyal.
According to the APHRM chairman, Khan accused Hindus who lived in Sialkot, Lahore, Kasur and various parts of Sindh of working for foreign spy agencies.
“Furthermore, the writer has made a series of derogatory statements against Hindus which will not be tolerated at any cost,” he added. Sarbdiyal urged the government to take action against Khan.
“We will hold a protest on Monday (today) near the temple in Gor Ghatri and strongly urge all minority groups to participate,” he added.
APHRM members have appealed to Federal Minister for Information Pervez Rashid to take notice of the matter.
“We have asked him to establish a committee of senior journalists and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) officials to investigate any breach of journalistic ethics,” Sarbdiyal added.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2015.
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