By Saba Imtiaz & Sameer Mandhro in The Express Tribune, Jan 21
MATLI/TM KHAN: Money, jobs and a debt-free life: It sounds like a sweet deal for many of the Hindu labourers in Matli, but it comes with strings attached — convert to Islam.
Hundreds of Hindus in the area have converted to Islam in the past few years, courtesy seminaries, mosques and self-styled preachers.
Switching religions comes with an upgrade in social status and material benefits – Hindu converts said they could easily get Watan Cards and National Identification Cards, aid, and were given land and assistance by the organisation helpfully walking them over to the other side.
But these material benefits aren’t available for everyone. For the Hindus of the Bheel caste, who were converted by the Barelvi group Tanzeem Ulema-e-Islam, life is still restricted to the land that they are squatting on in Tando Mohammad Khan.
Abdul Hameed, who was once known as Pyaro..... Read More
By Abdul Manan in The Express Tribune, Jan 20
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League –Quaid (PML-Q) MPA Shahzad Elahi, speaking during the Punjab Assembly session on Friday, said the province had become a ‘living hell’ for minorities.
Elahi, who has been elected on a non-Muslim minority seat, said that the government of Punjab had made the demolition of churches its mission. He condemned the demolition of a 20 kanal portion of a church located in Garhi Shahu.
He said that the white on Pakistan’s flag gave minorities the right to live peacefully and speak for themselves.
The MPA said that the Bible had been desecrated during the demolition and the glasses of the church had also been smashed. The MPA termed January 10 “the darkest day in the history of Pakistan”, and said that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had also given surety that the rights and property of the minorities would be protected in the country.
Elahi was cut short b..... Read More
Protect the minorities: EDITORIAL in the Daily Times, Nov 11
Sindh is home to the majority of our Hindu community that makes up less than three percent of the total population of Pakistan. The Hindus, like all citizens, deserve the protection of not only their basic rights but also their right to live, the safeguarding of which is the legal and moral responsibility of the government. On the eve of Eid, four doctors were killed, three of whom were brothers, allegedly in a dispute over a dancing girl who was brought to the area of Shikarpur by Hindu boys about three days prior to Eid. The conflict between the Hindus and the Muslim Bhayo community had been brewing for quite some time. However, while the full details of the incident and the motive behind it are still being investigated, it seems a bit early and a bit naive to conclude that the killings were perpetrated as merely a quarrel over a dancing girl. The situation may not..... Read More
By Sarfaraz Memon in The Express Tribune, Nov 10
SUKKUR: Most shops in Taluka Chak in Shikarpur were open on Wednesday but there was an uneasy calm. Three Hindu men are dead and no one knows the whereabouts of Seema Bhayo, the girl at the centre of the storm. Residents fear that she may also have been killed. The police have no clue.
It is a simple tale of a love affair that turned tragic. The president has ordered an inquiry into the matter. Not to be outdone, the Sindh home minister has suspended the SHO of the area but neither of these moves brought any comfort to the families who lost their loved ones.
The brutal attack took place on Monday, the first day of Eid, when four armed men on two motorcycles barged into the house of one Naresh Kumar, where he and his friends Dr Ajeet Kumar, Dr Satya Pal and Ashok Kumar were present. The intruders opened fire and killed Ashok and Naresh on the spot, injuring Dr Ajeet Kumar and Dr Satya Pal.
Dr Ajeet Kumar later..... Read More