ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s minority Hindus rallied late on Thursday in Islamabad, briefly clashing with the police, to protest the deaths of 11 members of a Hindu migrant family who died in India last month under mysterious circumstances. Since then, the dead migrants’ relatives have held small rallies in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province but this was the first time they had taken their demonstration to Islamabad vowing to stage a sit-in near the Indian High Commission and to record their anger and protest.
The protesters accuse India’s secret service of poisoning the 11 Hindus, who were found dead at a farmhouse in India’s Jodhpur district in Rajasthan state. The demonstrators arrived in Islamabad around midnight, chanting, “We want justice.” They briefly skirmished with officers who prevented them from reaching the Indian mission site and pushed them back.
After the Aug. 9 deaths, Indian media reports suggested the Hindu family members, originally from Pakistan, had taken their own lives. Official Islamabad says New Delhi had not shared any reports of the case.
The Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) which is headed by Member of National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar decided to stage a sit-in in the front of the Indian High Commission in order to convey a clarion voice protest and condemnation to the Indian diplomats. Dr. Kumar and other office bearers of PHC along with the thousands of members of Council expressed thanks to Pakistan Government and non-Hindu communities for their full support to their protest.
The protesters are of view that the 11 Pakistani Hindu in India were poisoned by the Indian intelligence agencies and the reason behind it was nothing but to create an environment of war with Pakistan.
While talking to media Rattan Das Kumar a local leader of Hindu Community in Pakistan said that all the innocent Pakistani Hindus were killed by the Indian secret services; adding, that Indian media have been making the wrong claims regarding their alleged suicides.
Meanwhile, addressing the mass protesters Dr Ramesh said that they did not want to enter the Indian Embassy or cause any damage, but wanted to record their protest with clear warnings. He stated that if the Indian claims regarding the alleged suicides of 11 Pakistani Hindus in India then why the Indian government is reluctant to share the details and reports of the death, he added.
He claimed that the death of these 11 people through the brutalities of Indian government was like a tip of iceberg. Dr Ramesh Kumar claimed that many other Pakistani Hindus would have been killed by Indian extremists but they are not reported.
Earlier this week, Dr Ramesh Kumar had called on Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and sought his cooperation in pressurising the Indian government to share the details of the deaths of Hindus in India.
He acquainted him of their programme of rally and demonstration. Shah Mehmood Qureshi assured him of supporting him in pressurising India to share the complete details of the mysterious deaths of 11 Hindus.