Karachi, Aug 26: A parliamentary committee investigating the issue of Hindu families’ migration from Sindh, has found that there have been no mass migration of Hindus, but warned that there is a high possibility of its occurrence, as there is a large sense of insecurity within the religious minority.
The three-member committee, comprising parliamentarians belonging to the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), has finalised its findings, and is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on August 28 to present their report to President Asif Ali Zardari, reports the Daily Times.
The committee is headed by Senator Maula Bux Chandio, with two Hindu parliamentarians, MNA Lal Chand and Senator Hari Ram Kishori Lal.
“We did not observe a mass migration of Hindus during our field survey. The impression came after leaving some four to five hundreds Hindu devotees for India for a routine religious yatra. But, certainly, some of them have gone to migrate there,” said Lal Chand.
Chand said those who have migrated or want to shift towards India are directly affected with incidents of forced conversions and forced marriages of their girls.
According to Chand, during the survey, they met with Hindu elders, politicians, intellectuals and businessmen.
“They don’t want to migrate from here as they consider Sindh as their motherland. But sense of insecurity is rapidly increasing among them due to continued incident for forced conversions and marriages of their girls. Nobody can ignore when their honour (girls) was in danger,” Lal Chand stated.
He said there should be legislation about Hindus marriages. He said that the committee had also recommended the government to take steps for ensuring Hindus rights, including implementation of five percent quota in government jobs. (ANI)