60 pc minority families migrated from Mastung

By Our Reporter
QUETTA: Speakers at a consultative session regretted that kidnapping for ransom incidents have compelled minorities to migrate from Balochistan who had been living here for centuries.
They said that religious extremism and poor role of political parties for protection of minority‘s rights had caused sense of deprivation among the minorities in the province.
They stated this during a consultative session on “Minority’s Rights in Balochistan” organized by Centre for Peace and Development (CPD) at a local hotel here on Tuesday.
Dr. Faiz, member of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan informed that over 60 per cent families hailing from Hindu community have migrated from only one district Mastung.  He said that mounting trend of extremism, ill social behaviour and violation of basic minority’s rights have created a sense of deprivation and insecurity amongst them.
National Party leader, Handeri Baloch said that through a well-knitted plot Hindu community is being forced to quit Balochistan who has been living here for centuries.
He said that Hindu community has good share in business sector due to which they are being subjected to kidnapping for ransom. Besides, Hindu and other minorities are now feeling themselves insecure in Balochistan, he added.
Shamsullah, the leader of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) said that Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and others should not be taken as religious minorities as this term create an image of discrimination against them. Muslim community in Balochistan treats minorities liker their brothers and sisters and does not let them feel alien, he added
Uzma Yaqoob, the Program Manager CPD said that their organization has started minority rights’ drive in seven districts of Balochistan including Quetta, Loralai, Nushki, Bolan, Nasirabad, Jaffarabad and Sibi.
She said that focus of our drive is to end isolation of minorities and bring them to mainstream life while efforts are being made to end discrimination against minorities in the society.
Referring to 1998 Census, Uzma noted there were 2.3 million population of minorities inPakistan, whom strength might double this time. She urged the government, political parties, social organizations and media to play their role in ensuring protection of cultural, social, political and economic rights of minorities.

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