Protect Hindus in Pakistan: Pak daily urges government in wake of forced conversions

A Pakistani daily has called on the government to provide protection to Hindu in the country who are facing increasing threats of conversion to Islam. the paper in its editorial said that the spread of madrassah culture has led to an increase in such conversion.

By: IANS | Islamabad | Published: July 20, 2017 3:20 pm
Pakistan, Hindu-Muslim Pakistani Daily Dawn has voiced concerns about increasing conversions of Hindu to Islam. (File)

A leading Pakistani newspaper on Thursday urged the government to provide protection to Hindus in the background of increasing cases of forcible conversion to Islam. The Dawn said in an editorial that the part of the Thar desert that lies within Pakistan had long been a bastion of communal harmony. “Given there is near parity between the Hindu and Muslim populations in the area, that peaceful coexistence has been an example for other Pakistanis to emulate,” it said.

“However, there have been indications for a while now that Thar’s benign social ethos is undergoing a change, a change that bodes ill for the future of those who call it home and one that may well have wider repercussions for the rest of the country.” The Dawn said an investigative report about forced conversions of Hindus it carried detailed how “certain mullahs and feudals are exploiting poverty and class distinctions to put Thar’s Hindu community under unprecedented pressure.”

“The spread of the madrassah culture has led to a wave of fundamentalism in which conversion to Islam, whether by force or otherwise, has become a means to an end. “For one, the conversion of Hindu girls – many of them underage – and young women, is often used to ‘legitimise’ their kidnapping and rape. “Cowed into submission, and afraid of rejection by their community if they return, they can do little else but say their conversion was voluntary. “How else can one explain that young girls and women of marriageable age comprise the vast majority of such cases? Moreover, if they do convert willingly, why is it they never contact their families again?”

The daily accused “certain elements” of offering material inducement to impoverished Hindus to embrace Islam. “The state has a duty to protect the Hindu community and its right to live as Hindus,” the Dawn said.

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    C M
    Jul 22, 2017 at 12:57 am
    Whether it is Pakistan or Bangladesh, the condition of the Hindus are the same. They have no right to vote in the elections. Though there is a minority cell and minority members in their assemblies, they are voted only by the minorities. Pakistan being a theocratic state has been doing the same since its very inception. Even the properties of the Hindus are termed as enemy properties and there is a special Law to deal with the enemy property disputes. India should have emphasised their protection before signing the agreement of par ion. But, Hindus are not learning how the sikhs protect themselves. India can not interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan or Bangladesh as a matter of principle. India is yet to give citizenship to thousands of Pakistani Hindus who have migrated in India. It is still treating the people of Jammu as second class citizens though it is in power in J K. But GOI can renew river water disputes promptly. GOI is unable to protect Hindus in India.
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      paatidaar
      Jul 21, 2017 at 12:13 am
      ye mulle hinduo ko convert nhi karte ye unko khate hai cannible islam
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        sdas
        Jul 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm
        Empty vessels make the most noise. The protectors of the peaceful religion - the rogue army and the intelligence service - make the rules so a press report urging the government is a joke.
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          Murthy
          Jul 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm
          I believe that the Bad Karma incurred by these oppressive Muslims will affect the entire area of P.a.k.i.sthan... Punishment meted out by KARMA comes slowly. In another four to five hundred years, ISLAM and Muslims of Sthan will suffer the consequences of what they have done in the Sub-Continent for the last Eight Hundred Years. See the deaths of Muslims in the Middle East and Afghanisthan ? Imagine something three times that LAW of KARMA is fierce, no one can escape it. God cannot Command it to do otherwise. Tears of innocent women are deadly, so says the Hindhu Shastra.
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            IslamForFooools
            Jul 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm
            Pakistan will be next Syria. The also their hijada Allah will keep drinking wine and keep eating pork and watch Muslims killed by Muslims, the way he kept watching in Syria when 5 lakh landa musselman killed by musselman
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            secure
            Jul 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm
            Fact of the matter is Hindus are fedup their believes and considered their so called gods are fake and not in reality. In view of this growing awareness of the religion Pakistani Hindus are slowing converting to the real religion. I heard even they are breaking the god idol for which they themselves carved it.
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              India
              Jul 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm
              You pakistanis your religion is fake, a religion which worships black stone me cca is talking about idol worship, Are you kidding us? A religion which kills people in the name of religion calls other as fake. The fact muslims are born evils who must annihilated for the sake of humanity to return on home.
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                IslamForFooools
                Jul 20, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                Is your Allah drinking alcohol and eating pork while 5 lakh musselman killed by musselman in Syria alone besides the terrorism spread by Islam in afghniatan Pakistan Iraq, Egypt Tunisia, and so on. ? Is your Allah 6 ka? Hijada? Or does not exist at all. Islam is legalized child repist ideology which is worse than CANCER and AIDS
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