The Minority Persecution in 'Naya' Pakistan
With the alarming rate of oppression of the Pakistani minorities, a large humanitarian crisis in South-Asia looms over this persecution of innocent communities by a radicalized majoritarian population guarded by the establishment of "Naya" Pakistan.
By Abhilash Halappanavar
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who claims to be
Intolerance and violence against Hindu minority is a routine business in Pakistan, where Muslims
Mohammed Ali Jinnah on 11th August 1947 in his speech to the Constituent Assembly of the soon to be independent Pakistan state had said, "In course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State". However, today Pakistan under the hybrid power structure of the Pakistan Army & Imran Khan has become a nightmare for its minorities. Hindus and other minorities are anything but equal citizens of the State. In the political sense,
The 1951 census found that in Pakistan 15% of the population was Hindu. The 1998 census of Pakistan counted 1.6% of the population as Hindus. This implied 3 million Hindus. Currently, the Muslim population in India is around 14%, while in Pakistan the Hindus are just over 2%. Hindu females
In June 2020, 102 Hindus in the Sindh province of Pakistan
The same holds out for the Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadis of Pakistan. In particular,
The authorities have been erratically arresting, charging, and detaining Ahmadis for blasphemy and other offences because of their religious beliefs. The security forces
The Pakistani government brazenly promotes discriminatory practices against Ahmadis. For example,
The repeated victimization of the Hindu, Sikh, Christian & Ahmadi communities in Pakistan is making the minorities in that country disappear from Pakistan with India being the favoured destination for a fresh start to their lives. India has been a victim or load bearer for Pakistani atrocities against its minorities, first in the 1970s when in East-Pakistan(Bangladesh) the military action against the Bengalis led to the mass exodus of people into North-Eastern India and now Pakistani Hindus, Sikhs, Christians fleeing their homes seek refuge in the Western parts of India in states like Rajasthan, Punjab & Gujarat.
The Hindu Temple destruction by a radicalized mob in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is an alarming situation of a blown-out war on the civil liberties of the minority communities in Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan's PTI currently is the ruling party in this province, the so-called liberal Prime Minister of Pakistan, and his credibility and posturing on minority rights through this incident has gone for a toss. Going by his inaction on religious extremists brutalizing Pakistan's minorities, Imran Khan's unsolicited banter on human rights violation in Palestine, India, or anywhere else in the world is nothing more than "Hypocrisy". With the alarming rate of oppression of the Pakistani minorities, a large humanitarian crisis in South-Asia looms over this persecution of innocent communities by a radicalized majoritarian population guarded by the establishment of "Naya" Pakistan.
Abhilash Halappanavar is a Junior Fellow at
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