PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, has expressed grave concern and outrage over the continued exodus of religious minorities from Sindh and termed it failure of the government to protect rights of minorities in the country.

Addressing a news conference here at Peshawar Press Club on Monday, former provincial president PTI Asad Qaiser said that due to the uncertainty and poor law and order situation in the country, minorities living in the country were compelled to migrate to neighboring countries. “The incumbent government is not serious to save the Hindu community in Sindh,” he alleged and said that PTI would ensure rights of all minority communities in the country, if masses voted them to power in the upcoming general elections.

Flanked by minorities leader in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Javed Pyara, and Dr Stephen Saleem, he said that it was prime responsibility of the State to ensure protection to the rights of minorities in the country.

The PTI representative for minorities affairs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Javed Pyara lamented that despite the fact that founder of the country Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah ensure freedom to minorities living in Pakistan to follow their respective religions and assured preservation to their rights, but the incumbent rulers failed to follow his (Quaid’s) principles.

“We strongly condemned the forced conversion of under age girls to other religions as it has become a routine practice in Sindh. About 300 families shifted to India this fear,” he deplored.

He also condemned the alleged violence on Christians in Shantinagar area of Sindh in recent past.  

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, Javed alleged, provided them with only 0.5 quota in civil services and demanded early release of withhold salaries to Christian workers. “The minorities minister at provincial level should be a non-Muslim in order to overcome a religious gape among various minorities,” he concluded.

On the occasion, Ravi Kamar, who belongs to Hindu community, said that people belonging to different religions were being facing enormous threats in the prevailing deteriorating law and order situation in the country generally and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular.