We are Scared, We are Terrified: Religious Minorities of Pakistan

Christians, Hindus, Ahmadis, Jews...Life for religious minorities in Pakistan seems to have no value.

Pakistan is a predominantly Sunni Muslim majority country but it also has a fair number of citizens who belong to different religions. The rights of the religious minorities are protected and safeguarded by the constitution of Pakistan. Article 20 of the constitution grants the religious minorities the  freedom to profess their religion and to manage religious institutions. There are also provisions for safeguarding their educational institutions and their social and economical betterment as well as their state representation.

It clearly states that “every citizen shall have the right to profess, practice and propagate his religion” and that “every religious denomination and every sect thereof shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions.”However, the facts today say otherwise. The news of religious minorities whether Hindus, Christians, or others being oppressed, their places of worship being destroyed, forced conversions as well as forced migrations are an everyday part of the Pakistani life.

The plight of the Hindu community in Pakistan has been highlighted in recent times.

The following video shows ground realities; what the truth behind the oppression and the resultant mass migration of the Hindus in Pakistan? It also looks in to what is being done for the safeguard of the religious minorities at the state level?

Carbonated TV got in touch with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, to talk about the state of the religious minorities in the country. We talked to Amarnath Motumal, Head of Hindu Panchayet (Council) Karachi, Zohra Yusuf Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission Pakistan and Saleem Khursheed Khokar, the Chairperson for the Standing Committee on Minority Affairs, Pakistan  who told us the ground realities, the difficulties that the minorities face on a daily basis, what was being done to safeguard their rights at the state level and their own stories…

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