A tale of survival…!

Avinash Hari

The growing fundamentalism has created the thought of religious supremacy by which one class of people in majority, dominating the society and frequently violating the rights of people in minority, belonging to other class or religion. The hatred towards the minorities has penetrated to the very core of Pakistani society. The Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Kalashi, Parsi, Ahmedias and Shia Muslim minorities have continuously been fighting a battle of survival. They all suffer and face discrimination and occasional outbursts of violence from the state-sponsored religious militant groups. Recently the vicious and evil acts of couple burnt alive in Kot Radha Kishan in Kasur District in Punjab and alleged abduction and forced conversion of a 12 year-old Hindu girl Anjali Kumari Meghwar in Daharki, Ghokti district in Sindh, have written a history of violence and injustice and showed flawed image of Islam and liberal and secular Muslim brothers across the world.

The founder of the country, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had assured the minorities about their protection on the eve of the creation of Pakistan. He had told them that irrespective of their beliefs they would be respected for being Pakistanis first. The government of Pakistan must take the necessary steps to protect its religious minorities from persecution by the extremist elements.