A group of demonstrators on July 10 gathered at the UN Headquarters in Geneva during the 44th Session of UN Human Rights Council to highlight the plight of Hindus in Pakistan and to protest against the religious persecution and discrimination faced by them at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists.
“Hindus in Pakistan are systematically marginalized, persecuted and discriminated leading to an increased level of violence in the form of kidnapping, assault, sexual crimes and murder,” said a protestor.
He further said that even Pakistani lawmakers and politicians routinely express themselves in the form of “hate messages against Hindus”, who form a minuscule minority in Pakistan.
Another protestor said, “Hindus in Pakistan are horrifically attacked and any efforts towards eradicating the violence, prejudices, and inequalities has been virtually imperceptible.”
“We have raised our voice to urge the United Nations and international communities to help and safeguard the innocent suffering lives of Hindus in Pakistan and make stringent laws so that the Prime Minister Imran Khan cannot make bogus commitments to protect Pakistan’s religious minorities,” he added.
In Pakistan, the hard-line radical Islamists oppose the construction of Hindu temple in the country claiming that it is contrary to the idea of Pakistan, which is Islam.
In a recent testimony of the level of religious intolerance and hatred, a Hindu temple in Sindh was brutally attacked by an Islamist mob.
“The attacks are often orchestrated by Islamists leaders who enjoy patronage and protection by the Pakistani government. Twitter and Facebook is filled with people glorifying such acts,” the protestors said.
For years, the minority communities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, including Hindus, Sikhs and Christians have been constantly under attack by the Islamist fundamentalists.
For the upholders of the Ideology of Pakistan, the existence of Pakistan is defined only in relation to Hindus, and hence the Hindus have to be painted as negatively as possible, especially in the glorification of jihad against India.