- Incidents of persecution of Hindus are increasing even in Imran Khan’s ‘Naya Pakistan’
- Hindu family in trouble for taking drinking water from a mosque in Pakistan
- Some fundamentalists harassed the shrine for ‘violating its sanctity’
Incidents of persecution of Hindus are increasing even in Imran Khan’s ‘Naya Pakistan’, who came with the promise of making Riyasat-e-Madina. A poor Hindu farmer family is in trouble for taking drinking water from a mosque in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Some fanatics tortured and took hostage at the shrine for ‘violating its sanctity’. It is being told that the attackers themselves were people of Imran’s party PTI.
The media gave this news on Monday. According to ‘Dawn’ newspaper, Alam Ram Bhil, a resident of Rahimyar Khan city of Punjab, was working with his wife and other family members to raise cotton in a field. Bhil said that when the family went outside a nearby mosque to get water from a tap, they were beaten up by some local landlords. When the family was returning home from cotton work, the landlords took them hostage in their dera and tortured them for ‘violating the sanctity’ of the mosque.
protest against police inaction
Bhil said the police did not register a case as the attackers were linked to a local MP of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Protesting the inaction of the police, Bhil along with community member Peter John Bhil staged a dharna outside the police station. Peter, a member of the district peace committee, said he had contacted ruling PTI MLA Javed Wariach, who helped him register the case on Friday.
According to the newspaper, Peter requested other members of the District Peace Committee to call an emergency meeting on the issue but they did not take the matter seriously. Yudhishthira Chauhan, general secretary of PTI’s South Punjab minority wing, said the incident had come to his notice but due to the influence of a ruling party MP, he did not intervene. District Police Officer Asad Sarfaraz said that he is looking into the matter.
Accused landlord notorious for fighting with villagers
Deputy Commissioner Dr Khurram Shahzad said he would meet the elders of the Hindu community on Monday before taking any action. When asked about the ‘dormant’ peace committee, the official claimed it was fully functioning. Farooq Rind, a senior lawyer and former district bar president, said he also belongs to the Basti Kahoor area, where the Bhils have been living for over a century.
He said that most of the members of the community are farm workers and extremely poor people. Rind said that the accused landlord is notorious for fighting with other villagers over petty issues. The newspaper said that the lawyer promised free legal aid to the complainant’s family. Hindus are the largest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, there are 7.5 million Hindus living in Pakistan. There are more than 90 lakh Hindus living in the country according to the community.