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‘Not exodus, its effect of Taliban’

world Updated: Aug 22, 2012 17:48 IST
Aseem Bassi
Aseem Bassi
Hindustan Times
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Denying that movement of Pakistani Hindus to India was an exodus, the Pakistani Parliamentarians stressed that it was an effect of Talibanisation (Talibans) and there was need to fight it.

A 17 member Pakistani delegation including 12 parliamentarians crossed into India on Wednesday for talks with counterparts in India.

Down playing the migration of Pakistani Hindus into India, Sabir Ali, deputy Chairman of the Senate said, “It is not like that. The Hindus are not given any ill treatment by people in majority there. I think this movement has picked up just because of Talibanisation (Taliban) and even Muslims there are fed up of Talibans.”

Ruling out allegations of forced conversions and kidnappings, Ali said, “Already issues related to minorities are raised in the Parliament and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has formed a committee to look into the allegations made by Hindus. Pakistan is serious on the issue and I am confident all will return back.”

Detailing about the visit in India, Senator and Leader of the House Muhammad Jehangir Bader said, “We are here for talks with our counterparts and issues related to both nations. The prime aim is to increase people to people contact and understand problems of each other.”

Both nations face almost similar issues and there was need to fight problems such as terrorism together. For better future both India and Pakistan need to solve their issues and give priority to trade, as this will boost economy, added Bader.

On the issue of migration of Hindus from Pakistan, Bader said, “Now they are coming looking at each other. I don’t find that minorities in Pakistan are in any danger. Their may be some problems and we can solve them.”

Overall there is an international mafia that never wants to see India and Pakistan in good relation. This mafia has no religion, no country and no face, he added.

We are here with a message of peace and will look for important feedbacks that can help in bringing prosperity to both nations, said the Leader of the House in Pakistan.

Member National Assembly (MNA) from Sindh, Nafeesa Shah talking on the issues faced by Hindus in Pakistan said, “Certainly there are some issues and it is the duty of the majority to solve them.”

Minorities are part of Pakistan and play an important role and have a great sense of patriotism. We are committed to solve their problems, she added.

On a question, Shah said, “Obviously ‘forced conversion’ will bother the minorities. But that is not happening. If a Hindu girl is married to Muslim in Pakistan, then definitely she needs to be given time and think over the conversion of religion.”

Earlier, Shah said, “It is a great gesture on part of India to invite us. We have come here with lot of hope and want that both nations have great friendship and peace.”