The security and basic rights of religious minorities in Pakistan are quickly deteriorating. Their existence is under threat at the hands of radical Sunni Muslims.
The result of the continuing persecution is that Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Shia Muslims are on a mass exodus from Pakistan.
The Pakistan of today was not the vision Muhammad Ali Jinnah had when they broke away from India.
It was Jinnah's idea that Pakistan adopt secularism in order to accommodate the various culturally and multi-religious population.
It seems Pakistan is determined to exist as an Islamic state. They are turning it into a land that consists of only of Sunni Muslims, governed by their iron hand. In order for them to accomplish this they are following what truthdive.com says is a five pronged assault against religious minorities.
The truthdive website says: "The unwritten policy to attain this objective is based on five prongs. First, subject the minorities to terror attacks and pogroms. Second, allow terror to sink in enough to cause a general exodus, mainly towards India.
Third, convert and marry the female population of the minorities into the Muslim fold. Fourth, impose stringent laws that force the weak minded to convert voluntarily. Fifth, make sure that the government and other institutions make the right noises about protection of minority rights so as to keep international scrutiny at bay."
A report from the Kean University says, "the minorities of Bangladesh, especially the Hindus, were specific targets of the Pakistan army. There was widespread killing of Hindu males, and rapes of women." Since the partition that happened in 1947, there has been widespread persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan.
According to the Pakistan Hindu Council, around 20 Hindu girls 15 and older are kidnapped every month. (That's just in Karachi alone, not in the entire Pakistan nation.)
Any religion besides the one practiced by Sunni Muslims is not tolerated. Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Shia Muslims are being blatantly persecuted by Pakistani Sunni Muslims.
In November 2010, the first Pakistani woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy. A price was put on her head by a Muslim cleric.
Gatestone Institute says, "in 2011, two high-level Pakistani Christian politicians who had attempted to repeal the blasphemy laws were assassinated. Salman Taseer, the only Christian Governor and Minister in Pakistan's cabinet, was killed by his own guard."
The truthdive website says, "In August 2012, Rimsha Masih, a Pakistani Christian girl was arrested under the infamous Blasphemy Law on allegations of having desecrated the Holy Quran.
Despite scant evidence and with utter disregard to her being an eleven year old minor, suffering from Down syndrome, she was incarcerated in jail for three weeks. On being freed, she and her family had to go into hiding to avoid the ire of the fundamentalists."
Earlier in October, The Christian Post reported, three Muslims men were arrested for forcing a Christian family to convert back to Islam at gunpoint.
Pakistan's laws promise freedom of religion, but radical Muslims are in control and stifle that freedom. Christians must practice their faith under threat of death from radical Muslims. Many Pakistani Christians are constantly being falsely accused under the Blasphemy Law.
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