Harassed Hindus flee Pakistan (Lead)

August 10th, 2012 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 10 (IANS) Hindus are fleeing Pakistan after their shops were looted, houses raided and women were converted to Islam, a media report said.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, however, said that visas being issued to 250 Hindu families by the Indian high commission here was a conspiracy, reported the daily Dawn.

Malik was responding to a query on migration of Hindu families to India from Sindh and Balochistan after they complained that their shops had been looted, houses raided and women forced to embrace Islam.

The minister said in Lahore that the government had stopped the Hindus of Jacobabad from leaving for India, but they will now be allowed after their immigration process is complete.

About 100 Hindus had protested at the Wagah border with India earlier this week after they were stopped, the Online news agency reported.

“The Indian high commission should say why it has issued visas to them,” Malik was quoted as saying.

The government has decided to beef up security for religious minorities following large-scale migration of Hindu families to India.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed provincial excise minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla to inquire into the matter and submit a report, the Online said.

Seven Hindu families comprising 90 men, women and children from Jacobabad left for India Wednesday night, citing lack of safety and security in Sindh.

They left by train and were seen off by relatives and a large number of people of the community at the Jacobabad railway station. After reaching Lahore, they intended to enter India from the Wagah border checkpost.

The move comes just six months after 52 Hindu families from the same area migrated to India.

Jacobabad police official Muhammad Younus Chandio maintained that complete security was being provided to the community and said the families were not migrating but were going to India to perform religious rites and would return soon.

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