Pakistan has been known to foment trouble in parts of India, including in the strife-torn region of Kashmir. However, if one wishes to witness the double standards of Pakistan in recent times, a meeting with Pakistani Hindus, who managed to escape from the clutches of life of ignominy and arrive in India, can be enough. Several of these Hindus in Pakistan have been staying in various parts of Rajasthan.
Some of them have been in Rajasthan for many years trying to eke out a living and live a life of dignity. Many of them have alleged that women in their families were subjected to atrocities and humiliation repeatedly. Some have also alleged that their homes and their belongings were snatched and instances of forcible religious conversions are not uncommon in Pakistan.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been alleging that the Indian government has been suppressing the voice of Kashmiris. However, the irony is too apparent to be missed as the condition of religious minorities in Pakistan is anything that India’s Western neighbour can boast about.
The percentage of Hindus’ population in Pakistan has dwindled since the partition and other religious communities including Sikhs are no better. The condition of minorities in Pakistan exemplifies the ignominious lives that the religious minorities have to live in Pakistan.
Pakistani Hindus, who have stayed there, claim fanaticism in Pakistan is widespread. Religious fundamentalism has not helped its cause in the international community as several countries understand how Pakistan has been duplicitous in its role in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Several of these Pakistani Hindus, staying in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, and Jodhpur do not want to return to that country in future. Since the abrogation of Article 370 by India, several Hindus have arrived from Pakistan and now ‘do not want to ever return to Pakistan’.