Meanwhile, the Hindu community in Pakistan’s Karachi city celebrated Diwali on Saturday.
“We have come here to celebrate this festival with colourful rangolis. I feel instead of playing with blood, it is so much better to celebrate our festivals with colours,” said Pooja a Pakistani Hindu.
Pakistan has always been targeted worldwide for perpetuating violence against its minorities. On several occasions, it has promised to safeguard the interest
of the minority communities in the nation, however, continuing attacks on them narrate a different tale.
This is manifested in various forms
of targeted violence, mass murders, extrajudicial killings, abduction, rapes, forced conversion to Islam, etc., making Pakistani Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyyas, and Shias the most persecuted minorities in the region.
On October 1, a 17-year old Hindu girl, who was allegedly raped a year earlier, had committed suicide in Pakistan’s Tharparkar district after she was reportedly blackmailed
by the accused who was out on bail.
In another case in Karachi, a 13-year-old Christian girl, Arzoo Raja, was abducted allegedly by Ali Azhar, a 44-year-old man, who forced
her to convert to Islam and married her.
15 Nov 20/Sunday