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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

World

Pak Hindus ask for asylum in India
Indo-Asian News Service, IANS
Islamabad, December 28, 2010
First Published: 00:58 IST(28/12/2010)
Last Updated: 01:05 IST(28/12/2010)

More than two dozen Hindu families in Pakistan have sought political asylum in India after an increase in cases of kidnapping for ransom and target killings of the members of their community in Balochistan province, an official said.

The Hindu families have approached the Indian high commission here for visa and political asylum. They cited the increase in abductions for ransom and target killings as their reason for wanting to go to India.

Saeed Ahmed Khan, the regional director for the federal ministry of human rights, shared the information at a seminar on “Provincial Conference on Balochistan Crisis” here on Sunday, the Dawn reported.

Khan said that Hindus have been living in Balochistan for centuries, but in recent weeks several members of the minority community had been kidnapped or murdered, forcing them to seek asylum in India.

Abdul Khaliq Hazara, chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party, blamed “hidden hands” for the poor law and order situation in Balochistan. He said over 100 groups involved in kidnappings for ransom were active in Balochistan.0


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