Pakistani Hindus on Friday staged a demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in the capital Islamabad against the tragic killing of 11 members of their community in the neighbouring country.
Eleven members of a Pakistani Hindu migrant family were found dead under mysterious circumstances at a farm in India’s Jodhpur district of Rajasthan state on August 9.
The participants of the sit-in, organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), assembled near the Indian High Commission on Thursday night.
Talking to newsmen , PHC Patron-in-Chief Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani said the murder of the family had exposed India’s false claim of being a secular state. “India wants to use the Hindu community as spies against Pakistan and anyone who is not willing to do this is killed in this manner,” maintained the PHC patron-in-chief, who is also a member of the National Assembly.
“We want to tell India that we Pakistanis know how to fight for the rights of our citizens,” he added.
The protesters called for a transparent investigation into the murder and postmortem results to be shared with Pakistan.
Those present at the protest said the sit-in outside the Indian High Commission would continue until their demands were met. They shouted slogans against the BJP government in neighbouring state, saying that the Hindus of Pakistan were not safe In Modi’s India.
Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry visited the site of the sit-in to express solidarity with the participants.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the government would fully back the Hindu community’s demand for a transparent investigation into the Jodhpur incident.
The minister said the Modi government had turned India into a fascist state, which was a threat to its neighbouring countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China.
“India should be answerable to the unjust bloodshed of Pakistani citizens in India,” he added.
The Pakistani diaspora in Britain has also appealed to the British government and the United Nations (UN) to take strict action against the killings. Leaders of the UK Pakistani community condemned the killing and reaffirmed their support for the protests by the Hindu and Sikh community in front of the Indian HC.