The country’s Hindus and Christian minorities are not being given food supplies by authorities, saying they are meant for the Muslims.
The total number of Christians in Pakistan was estimated at four million in 2020, or 2 percent of the population.
in Pakistan form a four percent of the country’s population. The communities are subjected to rampant discrimination and are often denied basic human rights.
The government of several provinces issued an order to distribute ration through local NGOs and administration to daily wage workers and laborers amid lockdown imposed the stem the growth of coronavirus.
The distribution of food supplies was organised by local government in collaboration with the district government.
Pakistan authorities have been discriminating and distributing ration selectively, excluding religious minorities residing in the region.
In one such incident, while distributing ration to needy people in Karachi’s Korangi area, inhabitant Christians were forced to recite “Kalma Tayyaba” as a pre-condition
to get ration from the local administration. Upon refusal, they were denied the required essentials.
“Kalma Tayyaba” is
the basic tenet of Islam. Reciting the holy verse is mandatory for Muslims and anyone embracing or converted to Islam recites Kalma Tayyaba.
“They did not give us ration and said that you will get ration only after you will chant ‘La Ilaha Il-Allah Muhammadur Rasul Allah’. We told them that we will not chant. They denied us ration and asked us to leave,” said a Christian
Hindus and Christians were told that they were not eligible for having food supplies since it was only meant for Muslims. Hindus
in Liyari, Sachal Ghoth and other parts of Karachi as well as all over Sindh are being denied a share in government food and rations if they happen to be HindusThe total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has sharply increased to 4194 while the death
toll has reached 60.
10 Apr 20/Friday