Islamabad: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed anger over the continuing migration of Hindus from Sindh and Balochistan, saying it highlights the state’s failure to save these citizens from violence.
“The state of anger and panic caused by the reports that several hundred Hindu citizens from Sindh and Balochistan were migrating to India has subsided somewhat by the disclosure that they were on a pilgrimage,” the HRCP said in a statement.
“Most of them said they would return to Pakistan while some said they might not. In any case, reports of Hindu migration to India have been coming from Sindh and Balochistan fairly regularly,” it said.
“The continued migration of religious minorities from Sindh and Balochistan is a reflection of the state’s failure to save these citizens from violence, discrimination and disgusting excesses such as forced conversion of young women,” it added.
According to the Daily Times, the HRCP also urged civil society organisations and the media ‘to keep the spotlight firmly trained on the raw deal these communities are getting.
“Ahead of the forthcoming elections, the political parties also have an opportunity, through their manifestos, and more than that through their actions now, to articulate their vision for religious minorities in Pakistan,” it added.