As you may be aware, the Government has been making genuine efforts to allay the fears and the suspicions of the

minorities and if their (Hindu minority’s) exodus from Sindh still continues, it is not because they are not wanted here, but because they are more prone to listen to people across the border who are interested in pulling them out. I am sorry for

those misguided people for nothing but disillusionment awaits them in their promised land.

–Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s reply to an address of the Welcome Note

presented by the Parsi Community of Sindh, Karachi on February 3, 1948.

For the first time in the country’s history, Pakistan has given its Hindu minority a reason to stay and be accepted as marriage laws for millions of Hindus living in Sindh have been codified after the Sindh Assembly approved the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016, on Monday. According to the new law the bride and groom cannot be less than 18 years, according to the text of the approved draft. Married couples will be required to obtain a marriage registration certificate, while a couple can also face fines in case their marriage is not registered. Zoroastrians and Sikhs will also be able to register their marriages under the new law. Hindus, despite being the second-largest religious minority group in Pakistan, with a population of 3.3 million, had no legal mechanism to register marriages and this was a long-standing violation of their rights.