Treatment of minorities in Pakistan

Times of India - Fauzia Abrar had finally gotten her crying baby to sleep when screaming men pounded on the steel doors of her home in the mostly Christian slum in Karachi. Suddenly she heard shots, and the screaming grew louder: “Long live Taliban! Death to infidels!’’ The men forced their way into her house, hurled loose tiles and a glass at her and fired a shot. She fainted. As the Taliban gains a stronger foothold in Pakistan, increasingly violent assaults against religious minorities are further evidence of its growing power and influence.

While the Taliban does not carry out all of the attacks, extremist elements inspired by the group will sometimes act in its name. In dozens of interviews from Karachi to Peshawar, Christians, Sikhs and Hindus told of attacks and threats. “In Pakistan today there is a lot of feeling of fear by all the minorities,’’ said the revend Richard D’Souza of St Jude Church in Karachi. “We feel we have no protection.’’ Hat tip Jihad Watch.

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