THE disquiet shown by your editorial ‘Unprotected community’ (Aug 11) on Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s ‘conspiracy theory’ on migration of Hindu communities from Sindh has proved correct as reported in a national daily (Aug 14). According to the report, the Hindu families which, according to the interior minister, went to India for pilgrimage of holy places have, on reaching India, refused to come back to Pakistan.
A group of about 30 migrants on reaching Amritsar had established a camp and given an interview before the electronic media stating that their lives and religious rights were threatened in Pakistan.
They claimed their affidavits for returning to the country had been obtained by the government under duress. They further alleged that because of serious danger to their families they have requested the Indian government for asylum.
After the reported interview of alleged asylum seekers, the government has to open its eyes and admit that all is not well here. Therefore, instead of making non-sensical statements and forming different committees, the government should give security of the minority communities topmost priority. The minorities must be given the needed sense of security so that their confidence in the writ of the state could be restored. I am of firm opinion that if the state adopts concrete measures, involving elders of society, a peaceful environment can be
reestablished without much ado.
ALI AHMED QURESHI