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Forced conversion: Hindus threaten to leave Pak

AMRITSAR: Following the abduction and forcible conversion of a 15-year-old Hindu girl, the minority Hindu community of Pakistan staged a demonstration in Jacobabad in Sindh province and urged the chief justice of Pakistan, the chief of army staff and the country’s prime minister to ensure the safety of Hindus in the country. Police have been unable to find the ‘missing’ girl even after four days. 

Perturbed over such conversions, the Hindu leaders warned the Pakistan government that the community members would be forced to leave Pakistan if their security is not ensured.

According to Indian intelligence sources, the teenager was kidnapped from Jacobabad on January 15.

On January 18, a video of the teenager surfaced on social media in which she is heard taking a vow of embracing Islam at Dargah Amrote Sharif and marrying a Muslim man Ali Raza Machi of her own will.

50th Hindu girl to be abducted, converted, This was followed by another video related to Dargah Amroti Sharif, justifying the girl embracing Islam.

Sources said that Ali has four children from two wives whom he had left sometimes back. The adducted teenager is the eldest of the four children of a pharmacy owner.

Red-flagging the issue of Hindus’ security, Ravi Dawani of APHP said if nothing is done they would be forced to move out for the safety of their children. The minority community is raising global awareness about the issue on social media. The APHP has also released a list of new conversion cases of minority girls in Pakistan in which the 15-year-old teenager is the 50th Hindu girl to have been abducted and forcibly converted.

On January 17, India had summoned a senior official of Pakistan High Commission to lodge a protest on the forcible conversions of minor girls.

A day before the abduction of this teenager on January 14 two more Hindu girls were similarly abducted from Umar Village in Tharparkar of Sindh province and conversion.

In the recent past, a Sikh girl from Nankana Sahib town of Pakistan was allegedly abducted by a local Muslim youth Mohammad Hassan and married to him before camera. The incident had brought both the minority Sikh community of Nankana Sahib and Muslims on the brink of clash and led to an attack on the historic Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.

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