Islamabad: Amid a mounting sense of insecurity, over 1,000 Hindu families belonging to Pakistan are planning to migrate to India- a step which is likely to raise more questions about the country's ability to protect its minorities.
A group of 171 Hindus has already crossed the border into India after a string of incidents - especially the contentious issue of forced conversions and marriages of Hindu girls, reports The Express Tribune.
Hindu leaders said their plan of migrating to India came at a time when several Hindu families in Jodhpur, a city in the state of Rajasthan, which shares a border with Sindh, expressed willingness to welcome the migrants.
The migration plans surfaced after Indian authorities extended a soft corner to Pakistani migrants in Jodhpur. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has reportedly assured his full support to Pakistani Hindu families seeking asylum in India.
Some 7,000 Pakistani migrants, living mostly in camps in Rajasthan, will be awarded Indian nationality if they are able to provide proper documentation, Indian media reports said.
Around 65 Hindus families have migrated from Rahim Yar Khan and various areas of Sindh and Balochistan to India through the Attari border during the last three months, a survey report claimed.
The key reason behind the planed migration from Rahim Yar Khan is said to be the abduction of a Hindu girl, Kiran Kumari, by four people belonging to the Mehar tribe, who are the followers of Pir Pagara, said Ramesh.
The National Assembly's standing committee on Human Rights chairman Riaz Fatiana has summoned a meeting on October 8 where representatives of the Hindu community will brief the panel.
President Asif Ali Zardari has also constituted a committee to look into reports of the mass migration to India. Senator Maula Bux Chandio is presiding over the committee which will discuss issues related to persecution of minorities. (ANI)