QUETTA: Chairman of the Ansar Burney Trust International and former Federal Minister for Human Rights, Ansar Burney, has said that hundreds of Punjabi speaking, Shia families and more than hundred Hindu families of Balochistan province were making efforts to migrate to some safe place in other provinces after becoming the target of extremist and fundamentalist groups, who kidnap them for ransom or brutally murdered them, says a press release on Monday.
Five Hindu families have already migrated from Balochistan’s Mastung district to India and six more families are trying to seek asylum elsewhere. He said thousands of Punjabi and Shia families have already left Balochistan after being targeted, brutally murdered or kidnapped for ransom. “They cannot go out for their jobs or business or their children cannot go out for education even they cannot travel with their family members and are living in jail,” Ansar Burney added.
These revelations were made by Ansar Burney, while talking to the media in Quetta. During his stay in Balochistan, Ansar Burney had visited several Baloch dominated districts and territories inhabited by Marri and Bugti tribes where Punjabi speaking, Shias and Hindus have been living for centuries — following the kidnapping of Maharaj Lakhim Chand Garji (85) by extremist and fundamentalist groups from Kali Mata Mandir in Qalat on December 21.
Garji is ‘Maharaja’ of Kali Mata Mandir for past 60 years. Burney claimed that despite a threat to his life he had visited Qalat and other disturbed places, especially religious places of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs in Balochistan and met people who raised their serious concern on alleged illegitimate and dishonest attitude of some fundamentalist and extremist elements, including influential people.http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=26348&Cat=2&dt=1/18/2011