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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Religious Minorities Discriminated Against in Pakistan

Despite the post-WWII partition of India into predominantly Hindu India and predominantly Muslim Pakistan (now itself divided into Pakistan and Bangladesh), there is still a sizable minority (about 8 million people) of Hindu, Christian, and other religious faiths living in Pakistan. A newly published report by a Pakistani think-tank suggests, however, that the current government of Pakistan is failing to protect those religious minorities.

The rising tide of vigilante violence and extremism is threatening Christians, Hindus and Ahmedis, the report by the Jinnah Institute said.
The assassinations of two prominent advocates of minority rights this year had led to an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, it added.
The report warned extremists posed a serious threat to Pakistan's stability.
The 70-page report, entitled "A Question of Faith", was released on Tuesday by the Asian Human Rights Commission.
The Jinnah Institute think-tank is headed by the former information minister and a parliamentarian belonging to the governing Pakistan Peoples' Party, Sherry Rehman.
Keep in mind, as well, that neighboring India, although predominantly Hindu, nonetheless has the third largest population of Muslims in the world, after Indonesia and Pakistan.

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