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'KILL THE HINDUS, KILL THE CHILDREN OF HINDUS!' Pakistan's Minority Hindus Feel Under Attack


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Beth
- 736 days ago - timesonline.com
They came after dusk and chanted into the night sky "Kill the Hindus, kill the children of the Hindus," as they smashed religious icons, ripped golden bangles off women's arms and flashed pistols. It wasn't the first time that the Hindu temple on the



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Patricia Martin (19)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:46 pm
Whoever said that Islam wasn't democratic? It must be. They HATE EVERYBODY!
 

Beth S. (333)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:56 pm
"If asked from any Hindu nationalist in India today, he would quiet confidently give facts to prove that the partition was needless. Pakistan was built on the grounds that in a Hindu majority India, the rights of the Muslims get crushed. The truth has been quiet opposite.

The rights of Muslims have been protected quiet ultra-secularly, to such an extent that ironically at times Hindu interests have been sacrificed or neglected for the sake of impressing the minorities. Thus, where on one hand Tasleema Tasreen continues to be insulted and ostracized by the Indian Government for her criticism of the minority laws in Islamic nations, on the other hand MF Hussain is being presented with State Awards, even when he has quiet openly painted nude pictures of Hindu goddesses with very shameless themes.
Moreover, the status of Muslims is India continues to be much better that their counterparts in Pakistan and Azad kashmir(POK) with greater democratic rights.
Moreover the strength and the unity of Indian Muslims has been reduced to one third of the what it could have been had India not been partitioned."
 

. (7)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:01 pm
Jihad, the quest for dominance at almost any cost, is evident everywhere Islam exists.
 

monica r. (41)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:15 pm
No compulsion in religion, right?
 

Ira Herson (13)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:55 pm
Is't it great to be Muslim! You can attack anyone you want and shout Allah Akbar and all is ok! You can lie, torture and kill and say it is all in the Koran and it is alright.

Gosh is must be great (akbar!) Lets all join the religion of love. or is that love to hate? it does not matter "death to anyone I don't like! Allah Akbar everyone and to everyone a good night!
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:23 pm
"a nearby ethnic Pashtun village for the attack, which took place in late September on the Day of Love for the Prophet, a national holiday declared by the government in response to an anti-Islam film made in the U.S"

++++++++++++++ Such a loving culture! Really, you can see how they came to be called "the religion of peace."

Can't you?

How about "the religion of the permanently offended?" A mite more accurate?
 

Beth S. (333)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:37 pm
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Rob and Jay B. (121)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:45 pm
Hindus and Christians are sorely persecuted in this Black Hole of human rights violations. Hindus have been fleeing back to India to escape the violence and intolerance. Public schools teach Islam and punish (or kill) non-Muslim kids who don't praise the 'prophet'.

At least 700 non-Muslim girls are kidnapped, raped, forced to 'convert' to the religion of peace then forcibly 'married' to one of their rapists and the courts in this devout Muslim nation often send them back to their kidnappers once they've escaped. One judge said the kidnap/rape victim was 'blessed' to have been forced into glorious Islam - just like Mohammed did, the 'perfect man' and example for all Muslims to follow. No wonder this country is like it is - it follows Mohammed's cruel example to the letter.
 

Carola May (20)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:48 pm
Where is the outrage over this atrocity? Where is the mainstream media and our so-called 'leaders' - political, social, religious - in speaking out against this. If some goofball burns a Qur'an they are all right there to scream foul against the poor Muslim victims, but Muslims are ethnically cleansing non-Muslims in every Muslim occupied land and not a peep do we hear. Nothing.

Why is it that only Muslims and Islam now are considered off limits for criticism? It is down right scary.
 

Tommy S. (11)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:44 pm
quote...It was the second time the Sri Krishna Ram temple has been attacked, and this time the mob didn't even bother to disguise their faces...Unquote
John 8:44 would cover this
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

Hilary S. (44)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:01 am
muslims would like nothing more than an ignorant muslim world to boss around.
 

Stan B. (121)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:27 am
" Live and let live " doesn't seem to be part of the Muslim psyche. As the rest of the world sits back and lets them get away with murder they are becoming increasingly emboldened to kill and destroy anything and anyone who has different beliefs.
Wake up world!!
 

Frans Badenhorst (556)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:17 am
this is so sad.... but from day one it was a muck-up between people.... some days I really wish some beings or aliens or whatever from some other planet comes to earth and eat some of us....or all of us rather? (just the humans)
 

Robin T. (14)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:25 am
So what's new? We all know Islam = Barbaric violence and intolerance and yes I acknowledge that not all Muslims subscribe to the violence, just a pity they don't raise their voices and let their leaders know it's time to change and accept the human right of free choice even when it comes to religion.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (383)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:29 am
We really have to begin to worry... this is the real danger facing the world today!
 

caroline s. (79)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 4:17 am
I'd love so much to hear the voices of the Muslims who don't subscribe to the violence, ignorance and intolerance.
 

Sarah G. (110)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 5:28 am
mustn't criticise the muslims-- they're just being religious and cultural
 

Mike M. (56)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 5:42 am
Religion = mind control for the masses
 

Gloria picchetti (298)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 6:51 am
I believe this is true. I wouldn't want to live in Pakistan for anything in the world.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:50 am
Caroline S.....

SO WOULD WE ALL.

NOTICE THE SILENCE?
 

Ge M. (218)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:29 am
Where are the anti-Semites to condemn this?

I upoaded a story about a Hindu woman in Pakistan who was raped and orced to marry her rapist (as normal) but she was already married & with 2 children. The rapist said that now she had been "voluntarily" converted she was no longer married to her husband and married to him!
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:33 am
Where are the "Moderate" Muslims?
 

Carol Dreeszen (362)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 11:15 am
Good point Bob!! In reality I believe there are none!!
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 11:56 am
"Sunda Maharaj, the spiritual leader at the temple, which was first attacked in January 2011, said he and the other residents do not want to move to India. "We are Pakistani," he said.

But he would like more help from the government, specifically a checkpoint to stop people from getting close to the temple and money for the Hindus to buy weapons.

"Next time anyone comes we can kill them or die defending our temple," he said."

I felt bad for this community, I guess I still do, until I got to the end of the article and found that their leader's desire is simply weapons so they too can kill. Somehow I don't think either group represents their religion well. How are they different when each desires nothing more than to kill the other - and I'd guess everyone not them is included in the "other". Why stay somewhere you are so obviously in danger? So you can kill too? Sorry, neither side gets my vote, two wrongs never make a right perhaps they ought include that though in their "religious" studies.
 

surjit k. (1)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:05 pm
Beth.S. " On the other hand MF.Hussain is being presented with state Awards ,even when he has quiet openly painted nude pictures of Hindu goddesses with very shameless themes " You are right so he did,[ do you know that MF.Hussain is buried in London ?] and it is the Congress Party of India which must be blame for the ill-treatment of Hindus in Pakistan, as they are toothless tigers, when ever they are in power they have always appeased the muslims of India and Pakistan, Majority of Hindus of India are least worried about the ill-treatment of Hindus in Pakistan, and that is the reason the Hindu population which was almost 25% at the time when Pakistan was carved out of India 1948, To-day is ONLY 2% And where as muslim population in India was 7% to 8% at the time of partition in 1948, to-day muslim population of India is 17%+. . And if you think that the Killing ,raping, and force conversion of Hindus is some thing new, you are very much mistaken, that has been going on ever since the barbarian muslims first entered India over thousand years ago..
 

surjit k. (1)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:27 pm
Carola .., " Where is the outrage over this atrocity? Where is the mainstream media ? " When any atrocities are committed against muslims /islam then there is always an outrage from muslim world and even our own mainstream media.
Glena " We really have to begin to worry '' Wrong, Actually we really SHOULD have begin worrying decades ago.
Caroline " I'd love so much to hear the voices of the muslims who don't subscribe to the violence,ignorance,intolerance.." Let me assure you and others ,those voices you WILL NEVER hear.
What is surprising to me is that we have the vast majority of the non muslims who are STILL ASLEEP.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 2:50 pm
Ah the Muslims, the scourge of the earth, I am so tired of reading of their godless, medieval ways.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:42 pm
This is deplorable. There has to be a special place in Muslim hell for people who do this. Mohamed told his followers to treat members of other religions as honored guest. Because they worship the Creator. These are not acts of the true followers of Mohamed.
 

marie c. (168)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 5:01 pm
Maybe the fear they spread is working on Americans and Europeans so many just say "Yes but that is just a handful of troublemakers " I am beginning to feel people are afraid to face the truth of what is happening a bit like the Germans in Nazi Germany when they realized it was too late only I believe this could turn out much worse. The Nazis had not spread all over the world with a stronghold in many countries.
 

Nancy Black (303)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 5:10 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, and shared. So much irony here. Muslims are concerned as they should be about being discriminated against in the US and other countries solely because of their religion. When they are the majority, they do the same. Sad statement about mankind. Any time a group of people are large enough they try to impose their views on the minorities. It's not right in the U.S.; it's not right in Pakistan. Bottom line, it's not right in any country.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 7:20 pm
Those who experience nothing of the spirit will judge, condemn, harm, kill. These people live in their extremely limited brains-sets, and have no wisdom. All of us must cease harming any life, any living being.
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:36 pm
I live in Pakistan these are just allegation not based on facts and with out verifying every one is jumping the gun blaming Muslims the the whipping Horse the fashion of the day blame Muslim for every thing, do not rule out one or two odd incidents .Pakistan is suffering where Taliban are killing killing women, children,old people young girls and boys apart from the injured they all are Muslims and that is because of the useless war that American is fighting in Afghanistan to date it is estimated that over 40,000 people have been killed in Pakistan by Taliban no one wants to talk about their suffrings
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:52 pm
One more tragic example of how dangerous extremism is......... The measure of delusion is catastrophic in the consequences of profound suffering for so many, in Pakistan, as well as anywhere that extremism finds fertile ground to foster separation and hatred.
 

Tommy S. (11)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 12:08 am
muslims that disagree with this behaviour sanctioned by their prophet need to take stock and ask themselves-- Am I really a muslim ?
 

Yvonne F. (177)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:24 am
It is fantastic how the human race can make this earth such a sad place! Thanks Beth
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:50 am
noted
 

Vivien Green (151)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 3:56 am
noted and shared thank you Beth.
 

Russell R. (87)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 8:00 am
If a girl decides to renounce Islam and return to Hinduism, she could be signing a death warrant for herself and her family even if her conversion was forced. I feel sorry for the girl, but, even I know that the death is the only way to leave this barbaric society. They are a plague upon humanity and need to be eradicated .
 

Helle H. (21)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 10:43 am
Why dont't we leave people believe what they want to. I don't have any religion, but I wonder if there's a god somwhere he/she/it would want anybody to get hurt.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 5:14 pm
Parvez, you know that Pakistani military helps Taliban, while America fights Taliban.

How did you make it look that Taliban is US fault, and not a fault of Taliban's Pakistani supporters?

 

marie c. (168)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 5:25 pm
I think it is very clear to the whole world where Pakistan military stands I feel Taliban are so diseased with indoctrination death is the only answer this sounds dreadful but they are past any kind of redemption.
How many deaths are the Pakistani training camps responsible for I wonder and Muslims walking around in UK with buckets collecting for schools I wonder ????????? It can only get worse I am so sorry to say Pakistanis supporters all over the world are the cowardly guilty ones they donate their money then sit back in our countries not theirs if they are donating to Pakistani and enjoy the life USA and the world has to keep fighting Taliban
 

Maggie may (9)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 5:31 pm
The Talibans are so dangerous because they dont have a brain , uneducated yobos living in a dream world. Well said Bob.
Thanks for posting Beth.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:30 am

'Pak Hindu Girl Forced to Convert, Marry Muslim'
Rezaul H Laskar | Islamabad | Aug 11, 2012
A 14-year-old Hindu girl, who was kidnapped from Jacobabad city in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, has been forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man, her father claimed today.

The kidnapping of Manisha Kumari on August 7 had sparked widespread concern in the minority community amidst reports of the exodus of several Hindu families from the region.

Manisha's father Rewat Mal said his daughter had telephoned him from an unknown location yesterday and said she had converted to Islam and changed her name to Mahwish.

Rewat Mal said Manisha had also told him that she had married a man named Ghulam Mustafa Channa.

"She can never give up her religion. She has been coerced into doing it," he told reporters in Jacobabad.

He contended that someone had forced Manisha to phone him and inform him about the conversion.

"If such things can happen to a 14-year-old girl, how can we go on living in Pakistan? I can't show my face to anyone," he said.

Sanjay Singh, an uncle of Manisha, said her voice had wavered while she was speaking on the telephone and it appeared that someone who was with her was coercing her.

"She sounded scared on the phone. There were people around her dictating things to her, we could hear them giving her instructions," he said.

The minorities would have no option but to move to India, Singh said.

Sources told PTI that Manisha had reportedly been taken to Sukkur after being kidnapped. She was forced to convert shortly after being kidnapped, they said.

Special Superintendent of Police Younis Chandio said police were on the trail of the abductors and hopeful of tracing Manisha soon.

Police registered a case against three unidentified men following the kidnapping.

Sindh, which has a sizeable population of Hindus, has been rocked by several instances of Hindu women being allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men this year.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court took up the case of three women - Rinkle Kumari, Lata Kumari and Asha Kumari - who were allegedly forced to convert and marry Muslims.

After a controversial hearing of the matter, the court gave the women the right to decide their future and they chose to go with their husbands.

However, the women's relatives alleged they had been under pressure even during their appearances in the apex court.

Leaders of minority communities expressed serious reservations at the Supreme Court's decision and emphasised the need for a comprehensive review of the issue of forced conversions.

The leaders contended that the apex court's procedures had become an "instrument of injustice" as the principle of free consent was applied loosely or selectively and in disregard to social realities.

Hindus are the largest minority community in Pakistan but make up about two per cent of the population of 180 million.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:31 am
Christian girl held on blasphemy cannot read: Vatican


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Christian girl held on blasphemy cannot read: Vatican
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Pakistani residents gather outside the house of a Christian girl, who was arrested on charges of blasphemy. — AFP Photo

Pakistani residents gather outside the house of a Christian girl, who was arrested on charges of blasphemy. — AFP Photo

VATICAN CITY: French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on Saturday went to the defence of the young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, stressing that she “cannot read or write.”

Interviewed on Radio Vatican, Tauran, who is in charge of interfaith dialogue in the Vatican, said “that before asserting a sacred text has been the object of scorn, it is worth checking the facts.”

Rimsha, aged 11 to 16 according to different reports, is accused of burning pages from a children’s religious instruction book inscribed with verses from the Quran. She was arrested and remanded in custody last Thursday.

But Tauran said that Rimsha “is a girl who cannot read or write and collects garbage to live on and picked up the fragments of the book which was in the middle of the rubbish. The more serious and tense the situation, the more necessary it is to have dialogue,” added the cardinal, who was the late pope John Paul II’s foreign minister.

He also told the daily Il Sussidiario, that he believed it “impossible in the light of the facts that the girl had tried to express her scorn for the sacred book of Islam.”

The youngster reportedly has Down’s Syndrome and her arrest has prompted outrage from rights groups and concern from Western governments.

Rights groups say the legislation is often abused to settle personal vendettas.

Rishma had been due to appear in court on Saturday but police and her lawyer said Friday that the hearing had been put back to August 31.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:32 am
Pakistan Hindu woman Rinkle Kumari 'forced to marry'
By Riaz Sohail BBC Urdu, Karachi
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A court in Pakistan has ordered police to find a Hindu woman who was allegedly abducted and forced to marry her Muslim husband.

In a petition before the Karachi High Court, the family of Rinkle Kumari say that her abduction was supported by a powerful politician.

But her husband's friends say that she voluntarily left home in Sindh province and willingly converted to Islam.

Judges at the court said that Ms Kumari must be produced before them next week.

Human rights activists say that other reported abductions of members of minority communities in Pakistan, which is overwhelmingly Muslim, have not been properly investigated by the authorities.

In the most recent case, Hindu community leaders say that an oath Ms Kumari made in front of a court in her home town that she had freely got married and converted to Islam was made under duress.

They say that many others like her have been forcibly taken away by powerful politicians - some allied to the governing Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

The Hindu community has accused one of the party's MPs, Mian Abdul Haq, of supporting the abduction and the forced conversion.

But in an interview with the BBC he strenuously denied the allegations.

"I contacted her family when Rinkle came to me last month," he said.

"But they refused to respond - and then I was left with no choice but to convert her to Islam and get her married [according to] her will."

Ms Kumari's family say that she was kidnapped from her home on 24 February by Naveed Shah - who later married her.

They say that they have registered a police complaint against Mr Shah even though he appeared in court on 25 February with Ms Kumari, who made a statement before the magistrate that she had married him of her own free will.

The family and community leaders, however, say that the magistrate was under "a great deal of pressure" because hundreds of armed tribesmen loyal to Mr Haq were in the court premises.

Mr Haq said that his supporters would abide by the court ruling and that Ms Kumari would appear in court on 12 March.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:33 am
Nearly four lakh Kashmiri Pandits were hounded out of their homes and thousands were killed.

Some put the present figure of the number of exiled Kashmiri Pandits at 7.5 lakh.
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:34 am
India is projected to remain as the third-largest Muslim population (in absolute numbers) in the world by 2030, following Pakistan and Indonesia. The Muslim population in India is projected to increase from 177.3 million in 2010 to 236.2 million in 2030. The Muslim share of India's population is expected to increase from 14.6 pc in 2010 to 15.9 pc in 2030.

India's Muslim population is expected to grow at a slower rate in the next 20 years than it did in the previous two decades. The Muslim population in India increased by 76.4 million from 1990 to 2010; it is expected to grow by 58.9 million between 2010 and 2030.

Muslims in India continue to have more children on average than non-Muslims
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:40 am
Why is that only Hindu girls fall in love with Muslim men and convert to Islam with full conviction? Why don’t we ever hear of a Muslim boy or girl doing the same for the sake of love .
 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:41 am

Pakistan minorities - An area of darkness

Accusing minorities of blasphemy against Islam, vandalising and destroying temples and gurudwaras (some of historic nature), kidnapping and converting young girls and marrying them off to Muslim men, etc all going on in Pakistan. Last few years have seen the targeting of minority Muslim sects as Saudi/Sunni funded fundamentalists bomb Shia areas and sects such as Ahmediyyas have been designated as not Muslims.

An area of darkness

Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, has become a global symbol of courage against forces of religious intolerance and jihadi fundamentalism that pervades Pakistan. Close observers of Pakistan have voiced concern that the country is witnessing a gradual genocide of its minorities by jihadi groups calling themselves “true Muslims”. Yet, the extent of this persecution remains unrecognised by international human rights organisations. In a revealing study, a Washington-based think tank, The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), has documented this phenomenon on the basis of reports in Pakistani media. The Director of MEMRI’s South Asia Studies Project and author of the study titled Calls to Put Pakistan on Genocide Watch amid Mounting Persecution of Its Religious Minorities, Tufail Ahmad, says the study started with researching Pakistani media sources for a report on the persecution of Hindus in Pakistani society. “However, we soon realized that such a report cannot be complete without taking into account the widespread persecution of other minority groups in Pakistan: Christians, Ahmadi Muslims and Shia Muslims,” says Ahmad. The most disconcerting finding of the study is its observation that violent Islamism in Pakistan has emerged over the past half a century with the support of Pakistani state and secular leaders. Excerpts from the study: In August 2012, Rimsha Masih, an 11-year-old Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome, was arrested for allegedly burning the pages of a booklet used to teach the Koran. The incident happened outside Islamabad, after protesters beat up the girl and her mother. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) noted. “It is deplorable that the country’s political leadership refrains from speaking out against extremism and the injustices towards non-Muslims.” The Rimsha case, which provoked global outrage, forced the Pakistan government to act. The cleric who accused the mentally and physically challenged girl was found guilty of planting the “evidence.” Rimsha’s case is an exception. Mass genocides in the name of religion — of Shi’ites and Ahmadiyas, rape and forcible conversion of Hindu and Christian girls, murder of Sikhs and other minorities and their property grabbed by powerful Pakistani landlords in cahoots with militants draw a picture of Pakistan as the world’s most bigoted nation that has become a hell on earth for minorities.

In all spheres of Pakistani society – including the administrative, military, police and judicial branches of government – minorities are experiencing discrimination, social avoidance, and hate crimes. This is a result of an interpretation of Islam that has been favoured in Pakistan since its creation in 1947… reflected in the actions of local officials and in government policies, for example in the 1974 law that declares Ahmadis non-Muslim… it is still reflected in villages and city streets, leading to acts of discrimination, hate and violence. Almost all influential Islamic organisations in Pakistan approve this interpretation of Islam, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and its parent organisation Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), Sunni Tehreek (ST), and various Khatm-e-Nabuwwat groups.

In an August 2012 article, Raza Rumi, director of policy and programs at the Islamabad-based think tank Jinnah Institute, spoke of the killing of Shi’ites in terms of “a genocide (that is) unfolding before us.” Leading Pakistani columnist Dr Mohammad Taqi condemned the “muted response” to the massacres of minorities, observing: “The sanitized discourse and muted response to... (the killings of minorities) is similar to what happened in Nazi Germany. It seems that the present-day Nazis in Pakistan have succeeded in coercing or co-opting a vast majority of their countrymen into backing them. More vicious than the massacre at the Babusar Top (where Shi’ite Muslims were plucked out of buses and shot dead) was the muffled response of the Pakistani political leaders, rightwing intelligentsia and the military leadership....

In July 2012, nine Christian trainee nurses at the Civil Hospital in Karachi fell ill after drinking tea allegedly poisoned by their Muslim colleagues at their hostel. “They were claimed to have been deliberately poisoned because of their faith,” a newspaper reported.

In July 2012, Pastor Victor Samuel Maseeh of Toba Tek Singh town in Punjab province was kidnapped by men who were wearing police uniform and arrived in a police car, leading to fear and panic among Christians. The kidnappers showed a false search warrant allegedly issued by a Lahore judicial magistrate. Similar attacks on Christians are reported by the Pakistani media regularly.

A common tactic used by Muslim clerics and the Pakistani land mafia is to accuse members of minority communities of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad and the Koran, with the objective of seizing their land and property, especially churches. Victims have been known to be tortured and even killed in Pakistani prisons.

In September 2009, 25-year-old Fanish Masih was arrested for desecrating the Koran and later died in prison. Numerous sources, including senior Pakistani officials, admitted he had been tortured to death. Punjab Minister for Minority Affairs Kamran Michael said: “I have seen the body and there were torture marks on it.” Following Masih’s arrest, some 100 Muslim youths attacked a Catholic church in the Sambrial district of the Punjab province. In September 2005, a case was filed against Younus aka Jonah in a court outside Lahore for committing blasphemy against a religious congregation of Muslims. In April 2007, a blasphemy case was filed against five Christian brothers in a court in the town of Toba Tek Singh. In Karachi, Qamar David was accused of committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad in March 2008 allegedly by sending blasphemous SMS messages to a Muslim. In March 2011, he died in a Pakistani prison. In July 2010, Rashid Emanuel, a 32-year-old pastor, and his brother were arrested on charges of committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad and were shot dead inside the court premises in Faisalabad. In July 2011, Christian youth Noel Gulzar was accused of blaspheming the Koran. In one case, Christian youth Manzoor Masih was granted bail in a blasphemy case but was shot dead soon thereafter. In another incident in early 2012, blasphemy charges were brought against a Pakistani Christian who gave his name as “Jew Jurian” on an application for a national identity card, with the motive being that anything associated with the word “Jew” is blasphemous.

According to a media report, eight to 10 Christians are being forced to convert to Islam every month in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. According to human rights lawyer Amar Lal: “It is a conspiracy (aimed at forcing) Hindus and Christians and other minorities to leave Pakistan... As a minority, we feel more and more insecure. It is getting worse day by day.”

Forced conversion of Christians is continuing. Some recent incidents of forced conversions of Christian girls include: 28-year-old Tina Barkat was abducted, converted and forcibly married off to a Muslim youth; 17-year-old Samina Ayub was kidnapped, forced to convert and renamed Fatima Bibi in a town near Lahore; 15-year-old Uzma Bibi and 20-year-old Saira Bibi were kidnapped from Lahore and converted to Islam; 14-year-old Sidra Bibi was kidnapped from her home in Sheikhupura district and converted to Islam; 19-year-old Shazia Bibi was forced to convert and marry a Muslim youth in Gujranwala town.

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In May 2012, the 160-year-old Guru Gorakhnath temple in Peshawar was desecrated in a targeted attack. Ramesh Lal, a priest at the temple, said: “Vandals smashed a statuette of Lord Shiva to pieces and burned the holy Gita as well as several images of our deities.” The attack came after the Peshawar High Court ordered the reopening of the historical temple, which had been abandoned since Pakistan’s establishment. In March 2012, a historical Sikh temple–the 150-year-old gurdwara of Baba Karam Singh – was destroyed by the land mafia in Mardan town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Sikh community expressed concern over the targeting of their holy sites.

In September 2009, Islamist extremists set fire to Sikh holy books in a joint Hindu-Sikh temple in the Kashmore district of Sindh province. In July 2011, authorities barred worshippers from a Lahore gurdwara after Muslims claimed it was built on the site of a Muslim saint’s tomb.

In July 2010, 60 Hindu men, women and children were forced to abandon their homes in Karachi’s Memon Goth area and take refuge in a cattle pen after a boy from their community drank water from a cooler outside a mosque. Local Muslims were so enraged that they beat up the boy and other Hindus, and drove them from their homes.

Islamist militants in the Pakistani tribal region have forced Hindus and Sikhs to pay jizya, the Islamic poll tax imposed on non-Muslims, and have punished those who refused. In 2009, a Taliban representative phoned Dr Parkas, the leader of the Hindu community in the Batagram district of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), and ordered him to collect six million rupees and deliver it to the Taliban.

According to a report in the Urdu-language daily Roznama Express, in June 2009 Hindus and Sikhs in the Khyber Agency agreed to pay jizya to Islamist militants led by Mangal Bagh, in return for protection. Also in 2009, Taliban militants in the Orakzai Agency banished 50 Sikh families from the area for failing to pay jizya. The militants took over their houses and shops and auctioned their valuables… In January 2010, militants abducted two Sikhs in Khyber and Orakzai tribal districts, and beheaded them after their families failed to pay a large ransom.

In February 2011, prominent Islamic scholar Maulana Samiul Haq, emir of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) party, called for jihad against the Sikh community in Pakistan, arguing that the objectives of the jihad launched by Islamic cleric Syed Ahmed Shaheed against the British rule and the Sikhs in the 19th century have yet to be achieved. In March 2010, Lahore High Court chief justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, known for his Islamist views, accused Pakistan’s Hindus of “involvement in funding terrorism” in the country.

Members of the Hindu community were among the victims of the 2010 floods in Pakistan. After the floods, some Pakistani officials denied aid to the Hindus, including children. A Pakistani daily reported that officials at the Mir Imdad flood relief camp outside Jhirk in the Sindh province refused to provide aid to the children because they were low-caste Hindus.

An increasing number of Hindu girls in Pakistan are being abducted and forced to convert to Islam. In May 2010, cleric Abdul Jabbar, the head of an Islamic seminary in the town of Khanpur, was accused of abducting Radha, a 13-year-old Hindu girl, and converting her to Islam... All sections of Pakistani society are involved in such acts. In December 2011, a police constable in Karachi was accused of kidnapping Bharati, a 15-year-old Hindu girl, who was later converted and married off to a Muslim youth… Mangla Sharma of the Pakistani Hindu Council said: “It is the same drill every time... A girl is kidnapped and converted at a madrassa and when the family creates an uproar, the kidnappers produce a certificate that shows she has accepted Islam and ‘wants’ to be a Muslim.”

In October 2011, 15-year-old Poonam Wasu was drugged by some Muslim friends, and woke up a few hours later to find herself a married Muslim woman named Razia. Poonam Wasu said that her two Muslim friends, Saiba and Shazia, gave her tea. “After drinking it, I fell unconscious. I don’t remember what happened after that. All I know is that, when I woke up, I was a woman who had accepted Islam and married with my friend’s brother... I never thought these two girls would do something like this. Both of them were so nice to me.” In August 2012, a teenage Hindu girl, identified by initials MK, was kidnapped, converted, and married to a man named Ghulam Murtaza Channo.

Early in 2012, Dr Lata Kumari, a Hindu doctor at the Aga Khan University Hospital, became the fifth woman of her family to be kidnapped and converted to Islam. When her sister Jyoti met her in court, Dr Lata Kumari whispered that she “needed help”–“the only thing she managed to whisper,” according to a Pakistani daily, “before being roughly pushed aside by some clerics.”

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At a March 2012 conference of Hindu leaders from the Sindh and Baluchistan provinces, Kalpana Devi, vice-president of the Larkana Bar Association, said: “Why is that only Hindu girls fall in love with Muslim men and convert to Islam with full conviction? Why don’t we ever hear of a Muslim boy or girl doing the same for the sake of love and perhaps rectitude?... If you have the mettle to take our girls and make them your daughters-in-law, then you should have the nerve to give us the same opportunity... But no, if this happens, the little (Muslim) girl or boy becomes Wajib-ul-Qatl (condemned to be killed under Islamic law), so it is always one-way traffic.” There is fear that the kidnapped Hindu girls are also being sold into prostitution. According to a media report, Bherulal Balani, a former legislator, said: “Once the girls are converted, they are then sold to other people or forced into immoral activities.”

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The Ahmadiya Muslim Community was founded in 1889 by spiritual leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in the northern Indian town of Qadian. Today the movement has followers in more than 200 countries, and its present-day headquarters is in the United Kingdom. In 1974, under the influence of fundamentalist forces in Pakistan, the secular government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto passed a law designating Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslim. Under this and subsequent legislation, Ahmadi Muslims are forbidden to call their places of worship “mosques” or build them like mosques, and are forbidden to use Islamic symbols and names; Pakistanis who call Ahmadis “Muslims” can be taken to court.

Perhaps the biggest attack on Ahmadi Muslims in recent years was the May 2010 attack in Lahore, in which Taliban suicide bombers targeted the city’s two Ahmadi mosques during the Friday prayers, leaving some 90 people dead and 200 wounded. In early 2012, the Lahore Bar Association (LBA), a representative body of lawyers, initiated a ban against selling the Shezan brand of juice, and other goods produced by companies owned by Ahmadi Muslims, in Lahore courthouses.

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The killing of Ahmadi Muslims is justified by many Islamic clerics. A pamphlet issued by All Pakistan Students Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Federation, one of the many End-of Prophecy organizations, the killing of Ahmadi Muslims is termed “jihad.” A pamphlet states: “The Qadianiat (beliefs of Ahmadi Muslims) are a deadly poison…It is jihad to shoot these people in the market…Awaken... and achieve martyrdom by killing them.” An ideological campaign to eliminate Ahmadi Muslims from Pakistan is underway through acts of target killings. During 2001-2005, at least 79 deaths of Ahmadi Muslims were recorded in acts of target killings. In 2012, at least 11 cases were recorded.

In a letter to human rights organizations, Syed M Mahmood, an Ahmadi Muslim leader, expressed the community’s concern: “Ahmadis are completely at the mercy of assassins who are targeting and killing them with impunity and police and other law-enforcement agencies... [are] doing nothing to thwart their actions.”

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other powerful extremist Islamic groups in Pakistan call the Shi’ites infidels. The most venomous attacks on the Shi’ites of Pakistan come from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), the military wing of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP, or Soldiers of the Prophet’s Companions). Both the LeJ and the SSP are banned, but they work freely under the banner of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) headed by Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi.

Murders of Shi’ites have been common in Pakistan for decades, and have recently increased. Extremist militants stop buses at random, identify the Shi’ites, and shoot them.

In reporting these attacks, the Pakistani media rarely states explicitly that the victims were Shi’ite. Instead it describes the attacks as “sectarian,” a more neutral term which removes culpability of the Sunni militant groups.

In a June 2012 report titled “Ethnic Cleansing of Hazaras Going On in Systematic Manner,” a Pakistani paper observed: “Every month around 50-60 members of the Hazara community are either gunned down or killed in bomb blasts, mostly within the precincts of Quetta city (the capital of Baluchistan province).... During the last five years, as many as 50,000 Hazaras have left Baluchistan; a majority have managed to take shelter in other countries, and nearly 300 lost their lives as their boats capsized. Meanwhile, some have fled to Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Not all killings are reported. One report put the number of Shi’ite Hazaras killed during a 19-day period in May 2012 at 39. These attacks show a pattern of targeted killing of Shi’ite Muslims in various parts of Baluchistan, where the Pakistani military has been able to crush the secular Baluchi insurgency for independence, but is widely seen as unable or unwilling to tackle the killings of Shi’ite Hazaras.

Following the August 16, 2012 killing of 20 Shi’ite Muslims in the Mansehra district, a liberal Pakistani newspaper summed the situation in an editorial titled “Another Sectarian Massacre,” observing: “The targeting of Shias is usually accompanied by some form of official collusion. Curfews imposed in Gilgit tend to affect the Shia community the most and they are often even stopped from offering Friday prayers at mosques.”

 

Jaya Sinha (26)
Monday November 19, 2012, 5:03 am
Islamic Terrorism and Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits
Genocide in Kashmir

350,000 Kashmiri Pandits, constituting 99% of the total population of Hindus living in Muslim majority area of the Kashmir Valley, were forcibly pushed out of the Valley by Muslim terrorists, trained in Pakistan, since the end of 1989. They have been forced to live the life of exiles in their own country, outside their homeland, by unleashing a systematic campaign of terror, murder, loot and arson.
Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits has reached its climax with Muslim terrorism succeeding in 'CLEANSING' the valley of this ancient ethno-religious community.
With the completion of fifth year of their forced exile, this peace loving, culturally rich community with a history of more than 5000 years, is fighting a grim battle to save itself from becoming extinct as a distinct race and culture.

Main Camp Sites in Jammu

Muthi Camp, Jammu
Transport Nagar, Jammu
Purkhoo Camp, Jammu
Stadium Camp, Jammu
Jhiri Camp, Jammu
Nagrota Camp, Jammu
Mishriwala Camp, Jammu
Battalbalian Camp, Udhampur

Main Camp Sites in Delhi

Nandnagri
Sultanpuri, Kailash Colony
Maviya Nagar
South Extension
Palika Dham
Lajpat Nagar
Aliganj
Bapu Dham
Amar Colony
Mangol Puri
Patel Nagar
Sultanpuri
Moti Nagar
Begampura

Kashmiri Pandits in Exile


Terrorist Violence against Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir - Role of Pakistan

Terrorism in Kashmir is an ideological struggle with specified political commitments which are fundamentalist and communal in character.
Terrorist violence is aimed at achieving the disengagement of the state of Jammu and Kashmir from India and its annexation to Pakistan. It is, the continuation of the Islamic fundamentalist struggle for the homeland of Pakistan which claims Jammu and Kashmir state on account of its Muslim majority character.
The major dimension of the terrorist violence in Kashmir is the terrorists' commitment to the extermination and subjugation of the Hindus in the state because Hindus do not subscribe to the idea of separation from India, nor do they expect to be governed by the authority of the state which derives its sanction from the law and precedent of Islam. Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) have always been in the forefront of the struggle against secessionism, communalism and fundamentalism. Hence this peace loving minority with a modern outlook became the main victim of terrorist violence. The strategies involved in the terrorists' operation against the Hindus in Kashmir include:
The extermination of Hindus
Subjecting Hindus to brutal torture to instill fear among them in order to achieve their submission.
To engineer a forced mass exodus of Hindus from the land of their ancestors and birth by way of issuing threatening letters, kidnappings and torture deaths on non-compliance of the terrorists' dictates and ensure the destruction of the secular and pluralistic character of the socio-political fabric of the Kashmiri Society.
Attacks, molestations, kidnappings, gang rapes of the women folk of the Hindus in order to instil fear and humiliation in them.
Destruction and burning of the residential houses of the Hindus who leave their homes in look out for safety. Looting of their properties and appropriation of their business establishments to ensure that they do not return.
Attachment of their landed property.
Destruction of the social base of the Hindus by the desecration and destruction of their places of worship.
Appropriation of the property of the Hindu shrines and its attachment to Muslim religious endowments.

Fact sheet Of Atrocities On Kashmiri Pandits
Educational Institutions burnt, damaged forcefully occupied 105
Religious & Cultural Institutions Destroyed/burnt, damaged (Temples/Ashrams/Dharamshalas) 103
Business houses destablised (Including shops looted/burnt, factories looted/burnt, occupied) 14,430
Agriculture dependent families deprived of their land and source of income 20,000
Horticulture dependent families deprived of their resource 12,500
Houses Burnt more than 20,000
Houses looted 95%
Torture killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley more than 1,100
Religious Sadism At Its Peak

Killing of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists clearly depicts extreme sadism. All victims have been subjected to extreme torture and terror.
Torture deaths have been brought about by such inhuman practices as:
Strangulation by using steel wires
Hanging
Impailing
Branding with hot irons
Burning alive
Lynching
Bleeding to death
Gouging out of vital organs
Dismemberment of Human bodies
Drowning alive.
Terrorists have frequently indulged in barbaric acts like performing 'death dances' after killing their target.
Many a time, dead bodies were not even allowed to be properly cremated.

Universal Apathy
Failure of Government of India:

The Jammu and Kashmir Government and Government of India have failed squarely to protect the Kashmiri Pandits against Islamic terrorism.
Jammu and Kashmir being the only Muslim majority state in whole of India, the protection of minorities and their living peacefully, in their homeland, is crucial for India to remain as a Secular Democratic State.
Ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) from Kashmir valley is the crucial failure of Indian state to uphold its commitments to people of India as enshrined in Indian constitution which provides right to live with dignity and honour to every citizen irrespective of caste, creed, religion or colour.

Failure of Human Rights Organisations:

Leading International Human Rights Organisations like Amnesty International, Asia Watch and others have yet to take proper cognizance of the genocide perpetrated on Kashmiri Pandits.
Their representatives have so far failed to visit the camps in Jammu, Delhi and other parts of India were thousands of families are putting up for the last five years.
Gradual extinction of a civilised community with an ancient culture is yet to shake the conscience of the world.

After The Exodus

More than 5000 persons have died in camps and elsewhere after their forced exodus from the valley. They died of

Sunstrokes (more than 1000) as most of them were used to cold climate of Kashmir and could not acclimatize to extremely hot temperatures in rest of India.
Heart attacks and accidents which have been mainly attributed to extreme psychological trauma and mental pressures by the doctors.
Gastroenteritis and typhoid epidemics, snake bites etc.
The cohesiveness of the displaced families has broken as they were to undergo Diaspora for finding livelihood in various parts of country.
Cultural Dilution - The whole displaced community with a distinct culture is facing the threat of extinction after loosing its natural habitat.

Kashmiri Pandits
- Representatives of Glorious Heritage And Legacy of Kashmir

- Symbols of Brotherhood and Peace

Kashmiri Pandits have always been devoted to spritual and academic pursuits.
They have during their history of more than 5000 years nurtured values of peace, co-existence and tolerance.
They are the original inhabitants of Kashmir.
Kashmiri Pandits are progenitors of Kashmir Shaivism the philosophy of oneness of mankind.
Hinyan and Sarvastivadin sects of Budhism found highest expression in Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits spread their message to China and Central Asia.
Kashmiri Pandits have contributed immensely to the evolution of human thought by contributing to almost all fields of creative human endeavour like literature (mainly Sanskrit), language, science and philosophy from times immemorial.
Since the advent of Islam in 14th century, Kashmiri Hindus have been subjected to extreme persecution. To escape religious fanaticism in the form of forced conversions to Islam they had either to embrace death or leave Kashmir more than once during the last six hundred years.
Present exodus of Kashmiri Pandits is fourth mass exodus in the history of Kashmir since the advent of Islam in this part.

Kashmiri Pandit: A Rare Pocket Of Tolerance

Inspite of repeated rejection of co-existence and pluralism by Muslim society for the last six hundred years, Kashmiri Pandit has not given up his faith in these values.
He has not reciprocated fanaticism with fanaticism and violence with violence.
In a world threatened with ethnic and religious strifes where various parties have invariably resorted to violence and force, to further their claims, Kashmiri Pandit isthe only example who has totally rejected the violence as a means to fulfill socio-political aspirations.

World therefore has a stake in protecting this culturally rich, educated and peace loving community, from becoming extinct, if it has to move towards a Modern World Order of Peace and Universal brotherhood.

Terrorist violence cannot be justified on the ground of its political and ideological motivations or value basis. Terrorist violence in the valley is not a Freedom Struggle at all. Cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir is a clear testimony of this fact. There is no freedom which impringes upon freedom. There can be no equality which leads to inequality.

Killings of Kashmiri Pandits

Mrs. Ganju - Banamohalla, Srinagar
Prem Nath Bhat - Anantnag

Sushil Kotru - Rainawari, Srinagar
Mrs. Roopawati - Pulwama
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Kashmir History and Politics
 

Klaus Peters (13)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 12:09 am
Islam is not a religion anymore, it is a terrorist organisation wanting to rule the world using the Quran as a sick excuse. They will have it coming to them, the rest of the world is not going to tolerate this sick fanatic behaviour much longer. They cry poor and come to Western countries and then they want to force sharia law onto us. Why do we let them in, we should send them all back. I feel sorry for India, they are doing their best with their Muslims minority, yet Pakistan is persecuting its Hindu minority. I respect any religion in the world except Islam, they are not worthy of any respect at all.
 

Klaus Peters (13)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 12:15 am
Jaya Sinha, your comments were very very useful and educating.
 
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