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This is Pakistan || Insecured Hindus and Sikhs are heavily charged in Pak

April 21, 2009

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Hindus are kicked at road side in Pakistan in broad day light.

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Taliban demolishes 11 homes of Sikh community in Pakistan………….
 
Islamabad, PTI: http://www.deccanherald.comupdated by alertpak as on 3rd May, 2009. Belated posting is regreted.
 
 
 
The militants acted after a deadline set by them for payment of ‘jiziya’ by the Sikhs expired yesterday. The Sikhs held a meeting at Merozai yesterday to discuss the possibility of leaving the area…
 
Taliban militants have demolished 11 homes of members of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan’s troubled Aurakzai tribal region after they failed to pay ‘jiziya’ or a tax levied on non-Muslims.The houses were destroyed on the orders of Taliban commander Hakeemullah Mehsud, the head of the militants in Aurakzai Agency and a deputy of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsudacted after a deadline set by them for payment of ‘jiziya’ by the Sikhs expired yesterday. .The militants The Sikhs held a meeting at Merozai yesterday to discuss the possibility of leaving the area but were unable to reach a decision, media reports said.Though the Sikhs have been living in Aurakzai Agency for centuries, the Taliban asked them earlier this month to pay Rs 50 million a year as jiziya. The militants claimed this was being done as Shariah or Islamic law had been enforced in the area and all non-Muslims had to pay “protection money”.There are about 35 Sikh families living in Ferozkhel near Merozai in Aurakzai Agency. The Taliban occupied two shops and three homes of Sikhs in Ferozkhel on Tuesday to pressure the community into paying jiziya.Several tribal families belonging to a religious sect have also migrated from Aurakzai Agency to nearby Kohat and Hangu districts of North West Frontier Province due to fear of attacks by the Taliban.Though the Sikhs were initially provided protection in keeping with Pashtun traditions by the Manikhel tribe, the tribesmen are fearful of taking on the Taliban.In October last year, over 100 people were killed in a suicide attack on a tribal jirga in Aurakzai Agency that had gathered to discuss ways to evict the Taliban from the area.

More than 6,000 Pakistani Hindus migrated to India in recent months.
Hindus and Sikhs are Insecured in Pakistan.

15 Mar 2009, 0230 hrs IST, Divya A, TNN
It is not quite the Partition and the Great Migration. But the steady trickle of Hindus crossing into India from Pakistan, and pleading for permission to stay here, underlines how little has changed in 61 years. The immediate provocation was the alleged persecution of Hindus at the hands of the Taliban. But social alienation too has taken its toll. More than 6,000 Pakistani Hindus migrated to India in recent months. They live on the edge – many sans valid documents, an official identity and hope – in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
Lashkar Das, who left Pakistan’s Punjab province to settle in Haryana’s Rohtak district in 2005, claims he was constantly under pressure to convert to Islam. “Some families budged under pressure, but those who didn’t, became targets. We had no option but to come here.”
Shankar Lal, now in Fatehabad, Haryana, knows all about becoming a target. He claims he fled Punjab and perennial harassment in 2000. “Local residents used to call us Hindus kafirs. No one allowed us to even sit with them. Our children were discriminated in schools and forced to read namaz,” he says. When his grandfather, Dharuram from Rohtak, visited Lal some years ago, he suggested they move to India. He did.
Today, he can proudly produce a valid Indian ration card and admit to being a registered voter. “Despite scarce resources, we managed to make do as daily-wagers and send our children to schools here.” Eventually, he married a girl from Karnal. Ever since, life has settled in a peaceful groove.
He isn’t the only one. The year Lal crossed over, six Hindu families left Pakistan for Fatehabad and Rohtak in Haryana. Since then, 56 members from these families have become bonafide residents with valid documents.
Nearer the Pakistan border, Rajasthan too has a population of Hindu migrants. More than 50 families have made Jodhpur their home. They claim they were discriminated against, not least the trouble with getting a loan to start a business. They say they often had no option but to borrow from moneylenders, but their terms were so harsh, the creditor could abandon all hope of ever being free of debt. Prem, who once owned two “fancy stores” in Sindh, now lives in Jodhpur with his family of nine. He’s a scrap collector and admits “we work as daily wage-earners” but hopes “life will be a bit better in India”.
But, once here, India may not always be quite the promised land they imagined. Lakshman, a 40-year-old labourer left Punjab eight years ago to protect the women in his family, after his cousin was kidnapped, never to return. But he admits to facing suspicion here too. “There, we were considered Mujahirs and here, people think we are Pakistanis. The only respite is we aren’t living in constant fear about our life.”
Fear is the constant refrain in the migrants’ stories. In October, four Peshawar families claimed Muslim radicals terrorized them into leaving home. Crossing through Wagah, they arrived in Delhi to register with the Home Ministry’s Pakistani refugee cell. They sought Indian citizenship, received a year’s visa and are settled in a village near Amritsar.
But these are the legal and identifiable ones. Police say most Pakistani refugees lack valid documents. “Off and on, Hindus from Pakistan have been trickling to India through our porous borders. Some stay here even after their visas expire. But we haven’t initiated any legal action as they don’t pose a security threat,” says an officer with the Amritsar border range. “Between 2003-04, when each Indian state had the power to decide on such cases, close to 13,000 people got citizenship. But the revised immigration fee, between Rs 3,000 to Rs 20,000, is beyond the reach of many, forcing them to live in hiding.”
Such families are helped by organizations such as the All India Hindu Shiv Sena, whose president, Surinder Kumar Billa, admits “collecting funds for them and arranging Hindi and Punjabi language classes for the Urdu-speaking children so they can join school soon.”
Chetan Das of Seemant Lok Sangathan, which helps with rehabilitation work, puts the Hindu refugee story in context – the poor, he says, can afford to migrate to India as they have no stake in society, but the better off simply pay ‘protection money’ to the Pakistani authorities.

(With reports from Deepender Deswal in Karnal and Ajay Parmar in Jodhpur)

Sikhs in Pakistan paid jizia (tax) of Rs.2 Crores to Taliban

Thu, April 16, 2009|| Source : Agencies & http://www.islamicterrorism.wordpress.com

Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) Pakistan’s Sikh community has been forced to pay Rs.20 million i.e. 2 Crores as ‘jizia’ (tax) to the Taliban so as to return to their homes and resume business, a newspaper said Thursday.
The minority Sikh community Wednesday met the Taliban demand in return for ‘protection’ in Orakzai Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the Daily Times reported.
The Taliban then released Sikh leader Sardar Saiwang Singh and vacated the community’s houses. The militia announced that the Sikhs were now free to live anywhere in the area.
‘They also announced protection for the Sikh community, saying no one would harm them after they paid jizia. Sikhs who had left the agency would now return to their houses and resume business,’ a Talibani official said.

Hindu Youth Murdered In Sindh, Pakistan :: Plight over Persecuted Hindus in Pakistan :: Hindu Temples encroached by Pak Military.

March 10, 2009
    Pakistani Hindu youth murdered in Sindh

Islamabad, Mar 10 (PTI) A Pakistani Hindu youth from the country’s southern Sindh province was killed after being kidnapped along with three other members of his family, prompting President Asif Ali Zardari to seek a report on the crime from the government.
Mender, a youth hailing from a village near Sukkur in Sindh, was kidnapped along with three other members of his family about a month ago. The kidnappers informed Mender’s family to collect his body from the railway tracks near the Sangi railway station today.

The whereabouts of the other kidnapped persons are still not known, said an official statement.

President Zardari condemned the murder of the Hindu youth by his abductors and called for his killers to be arrested and punished.

In a message from Tehran, where he is on a two-day official visit, Zardari expressed shock and grief over the killing of the kidnapped youth on the eve of the Holi.

Describing the murder as barbaric, Zardari sought a report on the crime from the Sindh government. He also directed it to recover the other kidnapped persons and to bring the culprits to justice.

Zardari also conveyed his condolences to Mender’s family and directed Ramesh Lal, a minority parliamentarian from the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, to visit the youth’s kin. PTI

Towards complete Ethnic Cleansing of Hindus in Pakistan

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Pakistani Hindus…
“Hindus faced societal violence, often directed at their temples, during the period covered by this report. Criminals targeted Hindu businessmen for kidnap, particularly in Karachi. Hindus claimed they were forced to pay ransoms since police did little to recover kidnap victims.”
Source : U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATES
Diplomacy in Action
International Religious Freedom Report 2007
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

35 members of Pakistani Hindu families seek Indian citizenship :: Talibani Pakistanis Claim Booty regularly :: Looted Hindu Shops & Houses :: Molestation etc. upon Hindu Girls & Women not an unusual thing ::

Mon, Mar 9 11:18 PM

Amritsar, March 9 (IANS) Fearing intimidation by the Taliban, a few Hindu families from Pakistan on a visit to Punjab are refusing to return home and have sought Indian citizenship.
Camping at a lodge near the Hindu shrine Durgiana temple here, the Hindu families from Pakistan say that the Taliban, whose writ runs in Peshawar and its surrounding areas, will make life hell for them if they return.
The group of families comprises over 35 members, including women and children. The families had come to India a few months ago but do not want to go back now.
‘Our women and children will not be safe there. The Indian government should do something to help us. We are ready to leave everything back in Pakistan to live here,’ said Jagdish Sharma, one of the Pakistani Hindus.
When India was partitioned in August 1947, a few Hindu and Sikh families settled in areas falling under Pakistan decided to stay back in the Islamic country.
‘The situation there is very bad. We don’t want to return. We want Indian citizenship to start a new life here,’ said Peshawar resident Avtari Lal.
The visitor visa, on which these families came to India, will end soon and this has made these families anxious.
They said that they have begun to regret the decision by their families to stay back in Pakistan in 1947 and not move to India.
Courtesy : Indo Asian News Service // Yahoo News// PTI News Services.

Pakistani Hindu temple faces demolition by Military since 2003

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The Worshipers continue the rituals despite critical constraints.

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The epitaph of the Temple confirms its establisment in 1861.

150-year-old Hindu temple in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has become the focus of a property dispute involving the army.

The Balmiki temple is located in the Kalibari area of the city where a small Hindu community is concentrated.
But the Kalibari area is part of the city’s military cantonment and is run by the army.
The army is saying that the people who run the temple, as well as the owners of some 70 houses in the neighbourhood, must leave.
They have been served with eviction notices.
The army wants to pull down the existing buildings and replace them with a high-rise shopping complex.
The army says that Kalibari is the property of the local cantonment board, and it has the right to vacate it.
Stiff resistance
It has been trying to clear the area for the past 15 years, and has met stiff resistance from the Hindu residents.
The presence of the Balmiki temple, which is the hub of the Hindu community in this crowded neighbourhood, has become a sensitive issue.

The head priest, Ramlal, who has looked after the temple for the last 35 years, says the property in Kalibari belongs to the minorities.
“In 1861, four Hindu merchants were the owners of half of the cantonment area. They built the houses in the Kalibari area to house their employees. They have been living here since then,” Ramlal told BBC News Online.
He said the army would have confiscated the land and property a “long time ago” if they owned it.
Local people do not want to move out of the area.
“We have spent our entire lives in our house or the temple. They are a part of our lives now,” said Ms Devi Das.
Ramlal, who is also the local Hindu leader, said that residents of Kalibari are not prepared to live in any other neighbourhood in Peshawar.
But he said that the people would vacate their homes if they were promised accommodation in the high-rise complex. By Repot : Haroon Rashid
BBC correspondent in Peshawar

History of Total Ethnic Cleansing of Hindus in Pakistan.

Demography

In August 1947, at the end of British Raj, the population percentage of Hindus in what is today in Pakistan was perhaps as high as 15-20%, but would drop to its current total of less than 2% in the years since independence. According to the 1998 Pakistan Census, caste Hindus constitute about 1.6 percent of the total population of Pakistan and about 6.6% in province of Sindh. The Pakistan Census separates Schedule Castes from the main body of Hindus who make up a further 0.25% of national population.

Hindus and Partition of India

When Pakistan was formed in August 1947, over 7 million Hindus and Sikhs from what was East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and Pakistan’s Punjab, Sindh and North-West Frontier Province provinces were forced to leave this new state for India, and a similar number of Muslims were forced the other way. The reasons for this incredible exodus was the heavily charged communal atmosphere in British India, deep distrust of each other, the brutality of violent mobs and the antagonism between the religious communities. The fact that over 1 million people lost their lives in the bloody violence of 1947, should attest to the fear and hate that filled the hearts of millions of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs who had to leave ancestral homes during hastily arranged partition.
Many Hindus who attained great success in the public eye in India, like the filmstars Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, and Sunil Dutt trace their birthplaces and ancestral homes to the towns of Pakistan. Independent India’s first Test cricket captain, Lala Amarnath hailed from Lahore, prime ministers I K Gujral and Manmohan Singh, and former home Minister Lal Krishna Advani was born in Karachi. Nearly all of these individuals left their homes due to the violence and turmoil of independence.

Post-1970s

Since Pakistan declared itself an Islamic nation and pursued a decidedly Islamic course in its political and social life since the 1980s, Hindus as a minority in Pakistan have had considerably fewer privileges, rights and protections in comparison to minorities in India, which constitutionally avows itself secular and giving of equal rights to its religious minorities including the Muslim, Christian and Sikh communities. Cultural marginalization, discrimination, economic hardships and religious persecution have resulted in many Hindus converting to other religions (Islam, Christianity), and today Hindus constitute barely 1.8% of Pakistan’s population. Because Hindus are not “People of the Book” like Christians, they have generally been given fewer rights informally (de facto) by the Muslim majority than the country’s Christians (see Dhimmi), even if de jure Hindus have equal rights under the law.

Religious, social and political institutions

The Indus river is a holy river to many Hindus, and the Pakistan government periodically allows small groups of Hindus from Pakistan and India to make pilgrimage, though most Hindus are forced to do this along the banks of the river that flows through a small part of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
The communal violence of the 1940s and the subsequent persecutions have resulted in the destruction of thousands of Hindu temples in Pakistan, although the Hindu community and the Pakistani government have preserved and protected many prominent ones. The Hindu Gymkhana in Karachi has tried to promote social development for Hindus in the city. One of the few temples remaining in Karachi today is the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Karachi.
Hindus are allotted separate electorates to vote by, but their political importance is virtually nil. The Pakistan Hindu Panchayat and the Pakistani Hindu Welfare Association are the primary civic organizations that represent and organize Hindu communities on social, economic, religious and political issues. There are minority commissions and for a while, a Ministry of Minority Affairs in the Government of Pakistan looked after specific issues concerning Pakistani religious minorities. But this name-sake Ministry is totally worthless to protect the rights and security of Pakistani Hindus.

Independence and population exchanges

Massive population exchanges occurred between the two newly-formed states in the months immediately following Partition. Once the lines were established, about 14.5 million people crossed the borders to what they hoped was the relative safety of religious majority. Based on 1951 Census of displaced persons, 7,226,000 Muslims went to Pakistan from India while 7,249,000 Hindus and Sikhs moved to India from Pakistan immediately after partition. About 11.2 million or 78% of the population transfer took place in the west, with Punjab accounting for most of it; 5.3 million Muslims moved from India to West Punjab in Pakistan, 3.4 million Hindus and Sikhs moved from Pakistan to East Punjab in India; elsewhere in the west 1.2 million moved in each direction to and from Sind. The newly formed governments were completely unequipped to deal with migrations of such staggering magnitude, and massive violence and slaughter occurred on both sides of the border. Estimates of the number of deaths range around roughly 500,000, with low estimates at 200,000 and high estimates at 1,000,000.
But the International Forums of Hindus are less vocal about the Plight of Pakistani Hindus.
Pakistani Hindus having a percentage of more than 16% now came down to less than 2%. Why ?? What is the answer of the Preacher Of Peace in Pakistan ???

Hindu Population in Pakistan
(Figures available as in 1998 Pak Govt. Census.)

Total Population 2443614 ( Less than 2%), Sources said that there was more than 16% Hindus in 1947 in Pakistan.

N.W.F.P
North-West Frontier
PROVINCE

7011

DISTRICTS……….PERSON

……………………………….

01…CHITRAL……..02
02…UPPER DIR……22
03…LOWER DIR…..24
04…SWAT………..158
05…SHANGLA…….14
06…BUNER………..389
07…MALAKAND…..142
08…KOHISTAN……6
09…MANSHERA…..72
10…BATGRAM…….117
11…ABBOTABAD….40
12…HARIPUR………36
13…MARDAN………283
14…SWABI………..106
15…CHARSADDA….104
16…PESHAWAR…..1224
17…NOWSHERA…..666
18…KOHAT………..798
19…HANGU………..156
20…KARAK………..10
21…BANNU………..220
22…LAKKI MARAT..8
23…D.I.KHAN……..471
24…TANK………….22

PUNJAB
PROVINCE

116410

DISTRICT………….PERSONS

………………………………….

01…ATTOCK…………190
02…RAWALPINDI…….430
03…JHELUM…………..205
04…CHAKWAL………..164
05…SARGODHA………142
06…BHAKKAR…………33
07…KHUSHAB………..167
08…MIANWALI……….121
09…FAISALABAD…….903
10…JHANG……………115
11…TOBA TEK SINGH..198
12…GUJRANWALA……110
13…HAFIZABAD………126
14…GUJRAT…………..238
15…MANDI BAHAUDDIN..302
16…SIALKOT…………3577
17…NAROWAL………..1118
18…LAHORE………….1607
19…KASUR……………2115
20…OKARA……………670
21…SHEIKHUPURA…….1185
22…VIHARI…………….343
23…SAHIWAL………….261
24…PAK PATTAN………77
25…MULTAN…………..1208
26…LODHRAN…………50
27…KHANEWAL……….249
28…D.G.KHAN…………340
29…RAJANPUR………..526
30…LAYYAH…………..810
31…MUZAFFARGARH…1115
32…BAHAWALPUR…….22606
33…BAHAWALNAGAR…1603
34…RAHIMYARKHAN KHAN..73506

SINDH
PROVINCE

2280842

DISTRICT……………PERSONS

……………………………………

01…JACOBABAD….50693
02…SHIKARPUR…..15855
03…LARKANA……..27321
04…SUKKUR…29800
05…GHOTKI……….64817
06…KHAIRPUR…….45452
07…NAUSHERO FEROZ…14458
08…NAWABSHAH…30824
09…DADU………… 34490
10…HYDERABAD….349167
11…BADIN……….. 226423
12…THATTA………32139
13…SANGHAR…….292687
14…MIRPURKHAS.. 296555
15…UMERKOT…….315395
16…THARPARKAR.. 369998
17…20… KARACHI
17….EAST……….. 14802
18…WEST…………7637
19…SOUTH………. 47003
20…CENTRAL……..4239
21…MALIR……….. 11087

BALUCHISTAN
PROVINCE

39146

DISTRICT………….PERSONS

……………………………………..

01…QUETTA………4175
02…PISHIN………..47
03…KILLA ABDULLAH..171
04…CHAGAI……….1941
05…LORALAI………466
06…BARKHAN……..117
07…KILLA SAIFULLAH…3
08…ZHOB………….101
09…SIBI……………2876
10…ZIARAT……….000
11…KOHLU………..171
12…DERA BUGTI….1399
13…JAFFARABAD…6529
14…NASIRABAD…..1875
15…BOLAN………..4463
16…JHAL MAGSI….1198
17…KALAT………..1657
18…MASTUNG…….1228
19…KHUZDAR……..2962
20…AWARAN……..295
21…KHARAN………780
22…LASBELA……..4504
23…KECH………….979
24…GAWADAR…….721
25…PANJGUR……..457

Along with above 4 Provinces, Pakistan has another 2 Administrative Units.
FATA (Federally Administrated Tribal Areas) has 1921 numbers of Hindu population so far without any area wise details.
ISLAMABAD (Capital Territory) has only 0.03% urban Hindu Population so far as per available records.
Pakistan has now only a total 1.85% Hindu Population comprising 1.60% Hindu Jati + 0.25 Schedule Castes, as per latest version of Pak Census Report 1998 ( due on 1991).
Sources tell us that more than 16% Hindus once lived in Pakistan around 1947.

    How they have been disappeared from Pakistan ???