Situation worsens for minorities in Pakistan


by Rumbold
26th March, 2009 at 8:53 pm    

Before the latest round of violence, the situation was already bad for minorities in Pakistan. But now increased numbers are fleeing as more of them are targeted by religious extremists.


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  1. qidniz — on 26th March, 2009 at 9:04 pm  

    the situation was already bad for minorities

    Hark, a Daniel come to judgment!

    All this wringing of hands and bleeding of hearts is at least 60 years too late. Nevertheless, let’s see how many tiptoe, as they always do, around the real issue: why the situation not only is bad, but also was always bad, and in fact could never have been anything but bad when it wasn’t getting worse.

  2. Vikrant — on 26th March, 2009 at 11:23 pm  

    Well Pakistani Hindus and Sikh ARE Pakistani citizens. I doubt that fleeing to India is going to do them any good in the long run. If they think they are going to be welcomed in open arms in India, they’re mistaken. Indian government which mind you, has been simply inept at rehabilitating Gujarati Muslims and Kashmiri Hindus, wouldn’t give a squat about them. Their best bet is moving to more cosmopolitan areas of Pakistan itself.

  3. Usman — on 27th March, 2009 at 1:47 am  

    Appalling article. Get a head on your shoulders, live in the place where you’re writing about and then pass judgments. Hindus and Sikhs are more welcome in places in Pakistan than Muslims in Gujrat and Indian Hyderabad. Shame on this website for hosting such an article.

  4. Golam Murtaza — on 27th March, 2009 at 6:56 am  

    O.K. Usman. Please address the SPECIFIC allegations made in this item and try to prove they are inaccurate/exaggerated e.t.c. by providing your own references.

  5. Ismaeel — on 27th March, 2009 at 7:18 am  

    Strange, wasn’t Sunny himself writing a few months ago about how he was himself welcomed as a Sikh of Indian origin when he visited Pakistan?

  6. Rumbold — on 27th March, 2009 at 9:43 am  

    Vikrant:

    I hope that is not the case but I fear you may be right.

    Usman and Ismaeel:

    Nobody is saying that all minorities are unwelcome in Pakistan. But religious persecution has increased and I doubt that minorities are fleeing unless there is a good reason for it (why would one?).

  7. platinum786 — on 27th March, 2009 at 10:05 am  

    The best thing that minorities can do, is move to Punjab or Sindh, particularly the cities, it’s much safer. Unfortunately it’s not really affordable, it’s like asking someone from an Estate in Oldham to move to London for security (I also see the irony if presenting london as a safe place).

    It’s not just minorities that are suffering, the majority of Pakistan is facing a militant threat the country is hard pushed to control. There is little or no idea about where the explosives come from, where the money comes from etc. It’s not helped with the high level of Indian presence in Afghanistan. I mean lets be honest, your enemies enemy, we’ve seen it before, from both sides. The India factor then diverts resources from the other side of things.

    Another major issue is economics, how many border patrols do they have in their pocket, was a cop or two bought out for the Lahore attack, were palms greased when the Rafiq bloke got away from the cops on his way to his trial? Pakistan has an army of nearly a million men, 400,000 full time soldiers, around as many reserves. We could deploy them, but we’d be bankrupted.

  8. Vikrant — on 27th March, 2009 at 7:32 pm  

    It’s not just minorities that are suffering, the majority of Pakistan is facing a militant threat the country is hard pushed to control. There is little or no idea about where the explosives come from, where the money comes from etc. It’s not helped with the high level of Indian presence in Afghanistan. I mean lets be honest, your enemies enemy, we’ve seen it before, from both sides. The India factor then diverts resources from the other side of things.

    Platinum,

    What Indian presence are you talking about? Last i heard, there wasn’t a single Indian soldier in Afghanistan! Hasn’t Pakistani interference through Taliban fucked the country up as it is?

    As for Pakistan’s problems with Taliban, its more like a case of Pakistan’s jihadi dogs biting them back in the arse!

  9. qidniz — on 27th March, 2009 at 7:42 pm  

    What Indian presence are you talking about?

    Engineers. Building roads, such as this one which has Pakistani feathers all aflutter, and other infrastructure.

  10. Verbal_Reciprocity — on 27th March, 2009 at 7:54 pm  

    “It’s not helped with the high level of Indian presence in Afghanistan.”

    Maybe, but I don’t see how Pakistan anyone seriously tell Afghanistan with whom they can have a close relationships with.

  11. Dalbir — on 28th March, 2009 at 10:30 pm  

    Some Sikhs are wondering if Sikh temples will be targeted by fundamentalists if things get sticky out there.

    There are many historically important temples in the country and one wonders, given the fate of the famous giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

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