Pakistan: Is This The Most Unsafe Country For Minorities?

Source: carbonated.tv

The temple has been partially damaged. All the statues have been destroyed by the attackers!

While Hindus all over the world celebrated the ongoing festival of “Holi” over the weekend rubbing and throwing colored powder on each other, the ones living in Pakistan spent the occasion cleaning and wiping black soot off the walls of a temple.

A member of the Hindu community holds a damaged statue inside a temple that was attacked on Saturday night, in Larkana

On Sunday, the Islamic Republic yet again proved it is one of the most dangerous places for its religious minority groups when hundreds of vandals attacked a Hindu place of worship and set it on fire.

The reason behind the unfortunate incident was in fact a rumor – yes, a rumor – that a member of the community had desecrated the Koran – the central religious text of Islam.

A crowd of “angry” students from local Islamic seminaries reportedly attacked the temple, holding batons.

“Our Dharamshala (community centre) has been gutted and the temple has been partially damaged. All the statues have been destroyed by the attackers,” Kalpana Devi, chairperson of the local Hindu committee, told Reuters.

The community roughly makes up less than 2% of the total population of Pakistan.

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

On 28 May 2010, Muslim extremists including three suicide bombers, (allegedly belonging to an offshoot of the notorious Taliban) entered two Ahmadi mosques in the city of Lahore and opened fire. The attack claimed the lives of 86 people and injured over 100.

The Shia Muslims 

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In the year 2012, more than 400 Shiites were killed in target killings and bombings, making it possibly the bloodiest year in living memory for the Shiite population of Pakistan.

In the same year, the Human Rights Watch noted …read more at carbonated.tv

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  1. An extract from address of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah,August 11, 1947:

    “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State… We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State… I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course 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.”

    For orignal text of Mr. Jinnah’s presidential address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan:

    http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/legislation/constituent_address_11aug1947.html

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