Religious discrimination in Pakistan

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Religious discrimination in Pakistan is a serious issue for the human rights situation in modern-day Pakistan. Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Shias and Ahmadis among other religious minorities often face discrimination and at times are even subjected to violence. In some cases Christian churches and Ahmadi mosques and the worshippers themselves have been attacked.[1] Khawaja Nazimuddin, the 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, stated: "I do not agree that religion is a private affair of the individual nor do I agree that in an Islamic state every citizen has identical rights, no matter what his caste, creed or faith be".

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  • “In spite of the assurance given by the Qaid-i-Azam Christians are being ill-treated in the West Punjab. The rights of the Christians are being crushed in every form of life. We have, again and again, made representations to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and to the West Punjab Cabinet for our protection.”
  • [There were] similar incidents in Pakistan and Bangladesh. A list of hundreds of temples in Bangladesh in 1989 alone was compiled by the Hindu-Christian-Buddhist Council of Bangladesh. When the Pakistani government announced it would look after the reconstruction of the most important among the hundreds of temples demolished in December 1992, construction companies refused co-operation pleading hey had been threatened by Islamic militants no to colaborate with "idolatry".
    • Elst, K. (2010). The saffron swastika: The notion of "Hindu fascism". p 752

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