INDIAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS FORUM
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APPEAL TO SAVE HINDUS AND SIKHS FROM EXTINCTION IN
We are appalled and horrified to know that over one hundred Hindu families (about 500 people) in
Over the last 5 years, more than 5,000 Hindus have already moved from
Although no figures are made available, anecdotal evidence and human rights groups say that persecution and conversion of Hindus and Sikhs have risen in the last two years, with temples and gurudwaras being desecrated and worshippers being attacked.
According to Basant Lal Gulshan, Balochistan’s Minorities Affair Minister “forty-one Hindus were abducted during the past three years and four more were killed when they resisted kidnapping attempts.
Last year, Islamic militants directed Sikh community in the NWFP either to convert to Islam, leave the land of their forefathers or pay 12 million rupees ($140,000) jizya – the medieval tax levied on non-Muslims in Islamic state.
‘DNA” reported in its issue of May 28, 2010 that over 50 Pakistani Hindus have converted to Islam in the Sialkot district of Punjab within a week (between May 14 and May 19) under pressure from their Muslim employers in a bid to retain their jobs and survive in the Muslim-dominated society.
Hindu women are raped. Men are harassed, beaten up or slain, and children are abducted. Harassment and torture of minorities – Hindus and Christians - in
At the time of Partition of
It is not only Hindus and Sikhs who suffer indignity and humiliation; Christians are also treated like criminals, and charges of blasphemy are leveled against them on the flimsiest of excuses.
In March, 2010, Dr. Manjit Singh Randhawa, President of Sikh Nation Organisation, had appealed to the United Nations against forced conversion and racial discrimination of minorities (Hindus and Sikhs) to prevail upon Pakistan to repeal the 'Nizam-e-Adl 2009 Regulation' that has "legitimized and legalized tyranny" by 'Taliban', in complete disregard to its international commitments under various UN Conventions, to safeguard Human Rights of its citizens within international borders of Pakistan.
Jihadists in collaboration with
Hindus and Sikhs in
Under the circumstances, we appeal to the governments of
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of
Hon. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Washington
Hon. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations,
Hon. Meera Shankar, Ambassader, Embassy of
for necessary action as deemed fit
Hon. Prabhu Dayal, Consul General of
necessary action as deemed fit.
Hon. Faqir Syed Asif Hussain, Consul General of