Monday, 27 December 2010

Kidnapping, killing force Pak Hindus to seek political asylum in India

Article from Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Hindu families living in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province have approached the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, seeking visas and political asylum in India due to growing cases of kidnapping for ransom and target killing of members of their community, the Dawn newspaper reported.

This was revealed by the regional director for the federal ministry of human rights, Saeed Ahmed Khan, at a seminar on "Provincial Conference on Baluchistan Crisis", held in Quetta, the provincial capital.

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

"As many as 27 Hindu families from Baluchistan have sent applications to the Indian embassy for asylum in India," he said.

According to statistics of the ministry of human rights, violation of human rights has been committed at a large scale in Baluchistan and people are being abducted for ransom.

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