Thursday, March 24, 2011
New Delhi : About 300 Pakistani Hindus from the Shadani Darbar crossed the Wagah border checkpost into India on Wednesday to undertake a tour of various Hindu shrines in the country.
Dr. Haresh Kumar, a member of the Pakistan Parliament, said that the delegation was looking forward to the tour. But he also highlighted the problems faced by minority communities in Pakistan, saying that they had been consistently demanding adequate security for themselves and protection of their places of worship.
"Insecurity prevails among minorities, but they showed their intention to come over to India. The Government of Pakistan discourages migration," he claimed.
Admitting that shrine land had been encroached upon, Dr. Kumar said that it was the duty of the Pakistan Evacuee Property Board (PETPB) to protect the shrines belonging to Hindu and Sikhs in Pakistan.
He said that the issue has been raised in the Parliament and the government has ordered an inquiry.
Pardeep Kumar, a devotee, described the situation in Pakistan as worrisome. He claimed that a number of Hindu families wanted to migrate to India, but strict visa rules prevented such a move.