Insecure minorities: Pakistani Hindus seek safety in India

Express Tribune: KARACHI: Preetam Das is a good doctor with a hospital job and a thriving private clinic, yet all he thinks about is leaving Pakistan, terrified about a rise in killings and kidnappings targeting Hindus.

A successful professional, he lives in megacity Karachi with his wife and two children, but comes from Kashmore, a district in the north of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh.

His family has lived there for centuries and in 1947 when the sub-continent split between India and Pakistan, Das’ grandparents chose to stay with the Muslims.

They fervently believed the promise of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah that religious minorities would be protected. Sixty years later, their grandson says life in Kashmore has become unbearable.

“The situation is getting worse every day,” he says.

Two of his uncles have been kidnapped and affluent Hindus are at particular risk from abduction gangs looking for ransom, he says.

Rights activists say the climate is indicative of progressive Islamisation over the last 30 years that has fuelled an increasing lack of tolerance to religious minorities, too often considered second class citizens.


2 Comments on “Insecure minorities: Pakistani Hindus seek safety in India”

  1. Zubair Khan
    March 6, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    Already commented in newspaper under Z Khan

  2. Bilal Aslam
    March 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    There were times when Non-Muslims felt comfortable and secure living in Muslimstates (see the Goldenera of Islam) now they migrate out of islamic atates to seak security. This is infact a slap on such societies….

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