Posts Tagged ‘Plight of Hindus in Pakistan’

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 ???